Darwin Gillette turkey hunting in Utah

-Darwin Gillette turkey hunting in Utah-

Our Story


There is something about the simplicity and pureness of traditional archery that brings out this passion and peacefulness from deep inside.  Walking thru the woods with bow in hand, whether hunting or stumping, makes me feel this connection with nature that I do not feel doing any other activity.  Maybe it is because the choice to shoot such a simple thing as a stick and a string has inherent limitations, forcing us to be ultra focused on everything in the woods in order to learn about the game we pursue with the hope of getting close enough for an ethical shot. Or maybe its the beauty of the arc of a perfectly cast arrow, that many of us saw for the first time as a kid, that captures our mind and for the moment that the arrow arcs thru the air everything in our world is perfect.

St. Patrick Lake Longbows was born out of a passion for Traditional Archery and spending time with my family and friends in the great outdoors.  I grew up shooting a compound and hunting with one for many years.  Several years ago I ended up with a longbow in my hands and the connection I felt with the bow and arrow developed a entirely new level of passion for archery that I couldn't get enough of.  The connection I felt with the woods, animals and mother nature felt like "this is the way God intended us to connect with his creation." 

Wanting to feed this passion I eventually decided that I needed to start building my own bows.  This turned into an addiction of its own, in constant pursuit of perfection I continued to build bow after bow.  After many designs and many failures, I have developed a few models that have proven to be incredible shooters.