Joseph Byrd
Bowyer / Flint-knapper
Titusville, Fl. 32796

Tel. +1 321-368-3743


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Stryker Primitives originally started as a personal hobby, after I made my first bow. I realized that my first bow turned out really well. It was 61" long, made of Osage Orange, and 50#@28". I backed my bow with white tail deer raw hide, and heated the tips to put some deflex into them. I was impressed with my ability to apply all of my research on bow building, and create a working bow with my first attempt. When I first started researching how to build bows, I read as much as I could stand, then I read and researched even more. Two of the first things I came across during my research was: 1. Do as much research and reading as you can to fully understand what you are doing. 2. DO NOT attempt to use Osage Orange for your first bow.

Well, I followed one of the two. The research part for me was a given and it comes second nature to me anyways. However, I bought an Osage Orange Bow Stave, and began work. So, why do you not what to start with Osage Orange? The answer is because it is expensive (almost $200), and you don't want to throw away $200 if you make a mistake, and trust me, it is easy to make a mistake. Regardless, I wanted to make a great bow and I knew that Osage is some of the best bow wood on the market, so that is what I bought. I was willing to lose out on the money. After building my bow first primitive /traditional bow, I began shooting commercial arrows with field/target points. I got the idea to learn how to make my own primitive arrowheads; after all, why shoot a primitive bow without truly shooting primitively. 

I began learning to make my own stone points using the ancient technology of flint knapping. My arrowheads then turned into arrow points, necklaces, pins, bracelets, etc. But it did not come without even more research. Flint knapping is probably the most difficult thing I have ever done. I cut my fingers up with the razor sharp flints and obsidians, smashed my fingers with deer antlers and copper boppers, bruised up my thighs from percussion flaking, and strained the tendons in my forearms from all the pressure flaking.  Every day was and still is a learning experience. All of my research, blood, sweat, and bruises have paid off, even if my hobby does not turn into a successful business; the experience is what makes it all worth it to me. Today, I am trying to turn my hobby, into a side business.