If you have interest in archery, history, or bowmaking, this Ed Scott interview is worth your time.
Some folks seem to carry an air of wisdom with them throughout their lives. Their way of thinking, actions, and the way they carry themselves projects an image of steadiness showing their prudence and judgement. When you meet one of these people, they seem to stick out and their advice stays with you. One individual who appears to have carried this type of down-to-earth honesty and integrity was legendary bowyer Ed Scott.
Ed Scott was a bowyer who earned a reputation in the archery community as not only a top notch bowyer, but a generous and sincere person as well. Ed Scott passed away in the fall of 2015 but not before he was able to pass on some of the wisdom he had accumulated over the years.
If you have a few moments, and are interested in learning about archery, history, bowmaking, and life, take the time to watch this interview of Mr. Scott posted in 2009.
As you can gather from the video, Ed Scott was a first class bowyer and human being. He had much knowledge to offer the world, and I’m sure this interview was just the tip of the iceberg.
Mr. Scott was indeed a master bowyer. In this brief video he demonstrates knowledge of every aspect of bowmaking from the tree all the way through to artwork on the bow. He didn’t miss a single thing and did all things well. A true authority on the subject, Ed could make bows out of any wood and even managed to create the baffling horn bow.
One impressive aspect of Mr. Scott’s interview was his historical knowledge of the subject. To many people a bow, is a bow, is a bow. To Mr. Scott, and many traditional archers, a bow has a history and should be made according to that history. For example, he discussed how he had crafted eastern woodlands longbows, California bows, and English bows in addition to others. Each of these bows has a different history and different style. To truly build an eastern woodland bow for example, is to stick to the specific history of that particular type of bow. Rather than just making one stick to shoot another stick, Mr. Scott was preserving history with his work.
One story that illustrates Ed’s knowledge of his craft is the fact he went to the Cheyenne River Reservation in South Dakota to teach Native people how their ancestors made archery equipment. If this doesn’t demonstrate a commitment and aptitude for his craft, I don’t know what does.
Ed Scott was a master bowyer if there ever was one. He had the ability to take a piece of wood and turn it into a functional work of art. Not only that, but his bows also passed the knowledge of ancient craftsmen from a variety of different cultures. If that wasn’t enough, Mr. Scott was a first-class person who touched the lives of many people.