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I'm sitting at my worktable making some leather project patterns and was adding a new idea here and there to improve over the last similar project.  I got started thinking about my own progression through leather work and began trying to separate in my mind my own innovations vs what I had learned from others.  The lines were very blurry.  Possibly blurred by my own ego as it tried to take credit for more innovating than I'm due![smile]  I think that's human nature to a degree.

That got me thinking about who were the primary innovators in archery.  Of course, we have to give a lot of credit to those who created the first bows but just limiting it to what we might call "modern" archery or in other words what has at least been recorded in writing and pictures.

Who do you thing are the primary innovators and what did they introduce that was new or significantly different?

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I think number one,the Henry Ford or modern archery,,,,,Fred Bear

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To me Howard Hill was the man in my field of archer
There’s just to many to count in the 20th century

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When it comes to the modern laminated bow;  Mr. Frank Eicholtz.
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A couple of days ago I did some measuring on the Yumi Longbow I acquired because I was intrigued by the performance and limbs geometry in general. I don't know if it is innovative since is one single piece (I am not aware of another archer shooting the same type of bow) and the knowledge was not passed down - actually Jaap told me it is a bow he built long time ago and he was happy to know it is still used. It is the first bow I've seen with the middle lam of the 3 core lams tapering from tip toward the handle while the others are tapering from the handle toward the tips and each of them has a different taper. It may be off subject, but I think that sometimes innovation is like the Devil - it's in details and most of the time the Artisan is not ready to say it. The answer to the question "Who are the major innovators?" is very complicated if I look from this point of view.
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J.D., you are right on!
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Great points made by JD and driven, IMO.

Sometimes little innocuose things make a huge difference whereas some things that seem big are inconsequential.

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There are a lot of them, but I think Ron LaClair is one of the top ten, Dr Elmer who helped teach Howard Hill his method, Maurice and Will Thompson who wrote the book of Witchery of Archery.

I'm sure if you researched their would be quite a list.

I'm not sure that question could really be answered without leaving someone out of the picture.
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There is nothing new in bow design in 5,000 years. However, we've been able to push the limits and refine these design elements with the introduction of fiberglass. Even compounds wouldn't be without fiberglass. I'm with James. I credit Mr. Frank Eicholtz as being the father of the modern laminated bow. He opened the floodgates of reliability and economy. How many of us would not be archers without him and the many who went with it? 
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JD and Fred are correct. Frank Eicholtz was a bowyer, inventor, competitor and entrepreneur. He is credited with developing and producing the first reliable fiberglass laminations and considered, Father of the Laminated Bow. Frank also invented the first fiberglass arrow, the first centershot takedown longbow, the endless type bow string and a non mechanical release called the Bow-Lock. He designed and built his own line of bows, built and designed flight bows for other archers and held a number of flight bow records on his own.

Frank operated and owned a number of sporting good stores, archery shops and bow making facilities in San Diego and Lakeside.

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