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    Bow Virtuoso: Expert craftsman creates one-of-a-kind hunting tools

    Story by Brian D’Ambrosio, Photos by Jeremy Lurgio

    In bowyer Jim Rempp’s opinion, simple and basic are the natural equals of skill and precision.

    “People are tired of current technology,” Rempp said. “They want to go back to the simple things. Wooden archery is the original native archery.”

    As a part of a recent consumer backlash against cheaper, newer materials in the past 10 years, Rempp has seen primitive archery re-emerge as an alternative. In a reversal of attitude, many of today’s archers prefer traditional wooden bows over modern counterparts.

    “These are the most primitive bows that there are,” said Rempp in between rounds of target practice on a spacious slice of farmland outside Missoula where he makes and tests bows. “They are all wood. Basically, they are just a stick.”

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