For me, building and shooting traditional bows started in 2007. From an interest in wilderness skills and Native American culture, I made my first attempts for a sinew backed bow, while travelling in Canada. I remember shooting arrows on a frozen lake in the middle of winter with friends. From that point on I was lost to bow building.
In 2010 my attention shifted to the construction of the horn composite bow, and it is in these bows that I have found my purpose.
Since 2014, with the start of my company Medicinebows, I am semi-professionally building bows, next to my main profession as a carpenter.
Alex Wittenaar was born and raised in the Netherlands. He lives in Switzerland.