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Oklahoma Selfbow Jamboree starts Thursday

The 11th annual Oklahoma Selfbow Jamboree (OJAM) and Selfbow Championship will be held Thursday through Sunday in Stillwater.

OJAM teaches participants the art of building selfbows as well as other primitive skills including leatherwork and flint-knapping.

OJAM is open to the public, but membership in the Oklahoma Selfbow Society (OSS) is required for anyone wishing to build a bow. OSS activities, including OJAM, are funded through membership fees and the support of members.

The event is free, and registration is not required. However, for safety and insurance reasons, anyone attending the event must go to the OSS registration booth to register upon arrival. Anyone younger than 16 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Selfbow building classes will begin at 8 a.m. each day. Instruction is free but OSS membership is required to participate in a bow building class or to use power tools.

OSS does not supply bow staves. Vendors will have a limited number of bow staves for sale at OJAM. Depending on the type of wood, a stave can run from $40 to $100. Wood must be well-seasoned. It is a good idea to bring your own stave.

The basic tools for bow building include a drawknife, rasp and scraper blade. If you want to build bows, it is best to come with these three items. Vendors will have a limited number of tools available for sale at OJAM.

Primitive camping, available in designated areas only, is free. For tournament details, call Doug Rutter at (918) 630-8353. For vendor information, call Jason Grace at (580) 716-2150. For all other event information, call Mike Magee at (405) 209-6430 or John Holman at (405) 640-7893.

Ed Godfrey

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