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If you haven't heard of Harry Drake, it's a bit like being a golf enthusiast, and never having heard of Tiger Woods.

Harry Drake sold thousands of bows out of a shop in Lakeside California that didn't have electricity,  he broke nearly every distance record that existed in every class, and was considered to be the best bow designer in history and he's a Hall of Fame inductee. 

Here's an article from a 1971 issue of Bow and Arrow Magazine heralding his finest achievement. 


 
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Thanks for the article!  I downloaded it and will read later...

Though I skimmed it and thought the arrows look a little darty.  
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Here's a photo of Harry and his father. Harry Drake.jpg 

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Whoa! Wait! What!? He worked in a shop with no electricity? No band saw, belt sander or other power tools? How'd he do that?
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I'd like to own that 1958 Ford wagon today!!!
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Thanks
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Amazing! Thank you.
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A great read.  What an innovative guy. 

The bow he is holding looks quick. 

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Whoa! Wait! What!? He worked in a shop with no electricity? No band saw, belt sander or other power tools? How'd he do that?


I understand that later on he did, but according to Kay Koppedrayer, Harry's biographer, he worked for quite a few years without power in his shop.

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Here's an excerpt from the biography.

When it came to making a business, Harry and Lowell, started out with nothing, “first on a rocky hillside without water or electricity” where he made “composite bows by hand tools only.” That was in Imperial Valley. The 1940 Census records have listings for Lowell C. Drake (who identified himself as a widower), age 47, and Harry E. Drake, age 24. Residing 3 miles north of Jacumba, near San Diego, they identified their work as “Bow and Furniture Manufacturers” Forty-five hours a week where the hours they claimed they worked, with Lowell stating he worked all 52 weeks of the previous year. Harry purportedly had two weeks off, as his Census report records him as working 50 weeks.


It goes on to describe how they couldn't afford a vice so they used "Torn strips of overalls to bind billets to stumps" and cut them hand saws.

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I'd like to own that 1958 Ford wagon today!!!
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1959! [biggrin]
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