Commerce, TX – Two celebrity bowyers will be attending the Commerce Bois d'Arc Bash on Sat., Sept 24, to discuss making bows and to demonstrate hitting the bull's eye. Their bows are crafted from bois d'arc, of course. They are James W. West and Tim White of McKinney, bowmakers and scoutmasters, who are celebrities among members of their troops. Within Indian domains the bois d'arc tree was famous as the preferred wood for bows. The tree was not known east of St. Louis until March 1804 when Meriwether Lewis sent samplings to President Thomas Jefferson.
West is an architect with Texas Architectural Collaborators, and White is a captain in the Dallas Fire Department. Both will ride in a jeep in the Bois d'Arc Bash Parade, leaving City Park at 10 a.m. Saturday morning.
They will be speaking in the City Council Chambers at 11:15 a.m. until 12:15 p.m.. on "How to Select and Season Bois d'Arc Bow Staves." Then they will exhibit their collection of bows, shoot bull's eyes, and chat with Bashers about bowmaking. From 1:15 until 2:45, they will return to City Council Chambers to discuss "How to Make a Bois d'Arc Bow<" returning to the front lawn of City Hall to demonstrate archery and to interact with visitors.