"You'd really like this guy, Mom." My oldest son loves everyone he meets so I uh-huh-ed like any good mom would and kept doing the dishes.
No... really. He is incredibly talented and passionate. Catholic to the core... and just proposed to his girlfriend.
How old is he? I asked. (Because that's what good moms are supposed to ask when they hear of an engagement.)
He's 20... I met him on a discernment retreat.
Twenty... young. I remembered my own wedding day as a 19-year old. Clueless. Passionate. Committed. Catholic. And I thought.... Good for him. He'll have a good life.
I turned my attention a bit more to my boy's words. He's an amazing craftsman, he said. And of course, I had to see for myself. And when I saw this man's work my heart leapt. Yes, he's a craftsman. An artist. Beautiful work. Thank you, Jesus... the Church and the world need more men who know how to put their souls into their work.
I was not surprised to learn that Jacob McCormick was homeschooled. To be a skilled craftsman at 20-years old is not a common accomplishment and my experience of home education is that it allows for that kind of exploration and dedication. He's also a self-taught pianist and by all accounts (well, my kid's anyway), a gifted magician. But he gives his handcrafted mountain bows something extra special...
From the MountainBOWorks Etsy shop:
I started my shop after I began having many requests for bows. One day I was walking through our town festival with one of my bows on my back. Someone stopped me and ask me which vendor I had purchased it from. We happened to be standing in front of a vendor that sold these simple kiddie PVC bows. I told the person that I made it and she offered right away to buy it from me. My buddy who was with me suggested we come back the next day and walk around with more bows on our backs. We did and that day I sold 4 more bows, 4 quivers and 12 arrows. When I got home I decided to put my replica bow on Ebay and it sold. I have since sold several more and always have requests for them. Since then I have had contact with the Backyard Bowyer (my mentor and teacher) and he encouraged me to become a part of his PVC Bowyer Directory which I am excited to become a part of. I have continued to explore and build bows of many different styles and artistic elements. I hope you find my bows to be as exciting as I do!
For being handcrafted, these bows are very fairly priced. And knowing that Jacob is preparing a foundation for his home and domestic church... just makes me that much more eager to purchase his beautiful work. And yes... my kids (boys and girls) would love to own one.
Go visit Jacob and his shop... do pray about investing in his beautiful workmanship... and in a blossoming Catholic family. I received no compensation for this post. I just really love being able to support Catholic artisans and families! Deo Gratias!
Photo courtesy of Amelia Thérèse Photography