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Wed March 27, 2013
Dane Snodgrass Teaches the Ancient Art of the Selfbow at Sawtooth School for Visual Arts
The Sawtooth School has been leading the way in the Piedmont Triad for nearly 70 years, providing art education for all ages from beginner to advanced skill levels.
Sawtooth also often showcases the wonderful work of their award-winning teachers and participating artists. One of those teacher/artists is Master bowyer (that’s bow as in bow and arrow by the way—no fiddling) Dane Snodgrass. Some of the oldest primitive weapons discovered have been Neolithic wooden bows. A selfbow is made from a single piece of wood without lamination, and during his 8-week course at Sawtooth that begins April 8, Dane will introduce the hand tools and techniques needed to craft just such a historic weapon. In the meantime, you can see Dane’s work at Sawtooth’s new exhibit “Out of the Woods”. It features the school’s wood program as well as Dane’s colleagues utilizing two-dimensional media with woods as inspiration. It opens Friday April 5 from 5-7. After years away, Dane has returned full circle on his journey as a bowyer that began making bows from sticks as a youngster.