Arne

I entered the wolrd of bow making many years ago. I had no knowledge whatsoever. Bowyers are a strange bunch, but always prepared to help newcomers. I was welcomed by many but some stood out with their great experience, knowledge and willing to share, setting me on the right path. One of those is Arne, my friend and extraordinary human being.

Arne is a Scandinavian, living at the far north of Sweden on a secluded location in his own forest. Great bowyer, started making bows as a young boy, and has been at it ever since. Arne taught me some of the most important bow making and heat treating techniques, and introduced me to some of the greatest masters of the trade. He is not just a great bowyer, but great shot too, with impressing skill in handling many types of bows. Arrows made by Arne are art pieces by themselves, made with great care and knowledge, reflecting many years of his experience.

His somewhat mystical philosophy of life steers toward complete freedom of living and thinking, away from evils of modern world and troubles associated with it. Just his appearance speaks tons of him, complete opposite of today’s urban prototypes, wearing suits and neckties, driving expensive vehicles, enslaved by time and obligations. The word which immediately comes to mind when thinking about this man is FREEDOM…

May he live to be a 100 years old…

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U svet pravljenja lukova ušao sam pre mnogo vremena, kao totalna neznalica. Lukari su sami po sebi čudna zajednica ali uvek spremni da pomognu novopridošlima. Naišao sam na dobrodošlicu mnogih ali je nekolicina lukara ostavila najupečatljiviji, neizbrisiv trag, velikodušno deleći svoje ogromno znanje samnom i usmeravajući me na prave puteve. Jedan od njih je Arne, moj prijatelj i nesvakidašnji čovek po svim pitanjima.

Arne je Skandinavac, živi na severu Švedske, na udaljenom mestu u svojoj sopstvenoj šumi. Veliki poznavalac izrade lukova, počeo je sa njihovom izradom još kao dečak i nije prestao sa tim zanatom sve do sada. Arne me je naučio nekima od najbitnijih tehnika izrade lukova i pečenja drveta i upoznao sa nekima od najvećih majstora lukarstva. On nije samo dobar poznavalac lukova, već i odličan strelac – zadivljujuća je njegova preciznost u gađanju raznim lukovima. Strele njegove izrade su majstorija za sebe, svaka od njih je malo umetničko delo, nastalo sa puno pažnje i znanja, i na njima se jasno ogledaju godine iskustva ovog majstora.

Njegova pomalo mistična životna filozofija stremi potpunoj slobodi življenja i mišljenja, što dalje od zla modernog sveta i neprilika koje on nosi. Sama pojava ovog čoveka govori mnogo o njemu, da je sušta suprotnost današnjih urbanih ljudskih prototipa, u odelima, kravatama i skupim automobilima, robovima vremenu i obavezama. Jedina asocijacija pri pomenu ovog jedinstvenog čoveka je SLOBODA…

Da je živ i zdrav, moj prijatelj Arne…

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