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Author Topic: Jay Massey The Bowyers Craft  (Read 2671 times)

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Jay Massey The Bowyers Craft
« on: March 07, 2019, 08:49:38 PM »
Slowly but surely, snagged another one! Need two more now. 1000 Campfires was fantastic!  Sure would’ve been a guy to know! Listening to Jay Campbell talk about him a bit on the Traditional Outdoors podcast reinforces that as well.  Book is in great shape other than the paper cover!

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Re: Jay Massey The Bowyers Craft
« Reply #1 on: March 07, 2019, 08:57:27 PM »
That's a good one! That was the only traditional archery book at our local library and I'm pretty sure I checked it out at least a dozen times.


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Re: Jay Massey The Bowyers Craft
« Reply #3 on: March 08, 2019, 09:28:13 AM »
Nice score. It's a great little book. Jay Massey got me started in building wood bows, not personally but through his writings. I also have "The book of Primitive Archery" and both books were signed to me by Jay, The "Bowyers Craft" in 1987 and Primitive Archery in 1990. I also acquired "A Thousand Campfires" a few years ago. And, I have what I was told and I believe is one of Jays sinew backed osage bows with a halibut skin cover. All prized positions.
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Re: Jay Massey The Bowyers Craft
« Reply #4 on: March 08, 2019, 09:35:25 AM »
That was my favorite book of Jay Massey's.  I know his other books were more popular but this is the book that got me and some friends to start building laminated glass bows and making our own broadheads, quivers. and such.  I know Jay mostly made sinew backed self bows but it has a great chapter on laminated bows also.    :thumbsup:
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Re: Jay Massey The Bowyers Craft
« Reply #5 on: March 08, 2019, 09:46:19 AM »
Would really like to get his books, all it takes is a bit of luck.   :coffee:    :thumbsup:    :campfire:
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Re: Jay Massey The Bowyers Craft
« Reply #6 on: March 08, 2019, 10:05:31 AM »
Congrats! That is a good 1.  I bought, read, and unfortunately sold my copy. I did make a few bucks on the sale tho

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Re: Jay Massey The Bowyers Craft
« Reply #7 on: March 08, 2019, 01:12:02 PM »
The best part of buying those books was Jay actually answered the phone and took the order. He would talk bowhunting with you while taking your order. The first one I ordered I never thought I was calling his house and called at 9 AM in NJ and woke him up. I think it was 5 AM in Alaska. He couldn’t have been nicer about it. I adjusted my call times on the subsequent book orders

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Re: Jay Massey The Bowyers Craft
« Reply #8 on: March 08, 2019, 09:39:49 PM »
  So you are the fella that out bid me ! LOL
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Re: Jay Massey The Bowyers Craft
« Reply #9 on: March 09, 2019, 04:28:34 PM »
LOL I didn’t outbid? It was a buy it now though if that’s what you mean. There was another for sale on a FB group I saw as well.

Ron, very cool!! Thanks for sharing!

Sounds like the book has helped many people!


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Re: Jay Massey The Bowyers Craft
« Reply #10 on: March 11, 2019, 09:11:21 AM »
I have his books and have read them a few times over the years. I was fortunate to speak with him a couple of times while trying to setup up a float trip with him. The trip never panned out before he got sick. It was always a pleasure to speak with him, his love for the outdoors was always foremost.

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Re: Jay Massey The Bowyers Craft
« Reply #11 on: March 11, 2019, 09:34:29 AM »
Slowly but surely, snagged another one! Need two more now. 1000 Campfires was fantastic!  Sure would’ve been a guy to know! Listening to Jay Campbell talk about him a bit on the Traditional Outdoors podcast reinforces that as well.  Book is in great shape other than the paper cover!
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Re: Jay Massey The Bowyers Craft
« Reply #12 on: March 15, 2019, 06:39:02 PM »
I think I’m the one that steered you to this book.  Varmint101 are you Matt?
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Re: Jay Massey The Bowyers Craft
« Reply #13 on: March 17, 2019, 09:32:36 AM »
Great book and a great guy for sure.

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