Todd's Montana-born cousin John Hermanson of folk duo Storyhill was hiking the Cascade mountains one day in 2018 when he discovered that a curved stick put a little extra spring in his step. Together, John and Todd are bringing patent-pending spring-action Limber Bows to market, now available in ash and hickory, wrapped in rawhide handles, at limberbows.com.
Stick-poles dissipate your energy with every stabbing motion, but high-performance Limber Bows convert that energy and lengthen your posture while providing balance and support.
Users report a sense of buoyancy, upper body benefits, increased stamina, and a renewed connection to the earth. Bows will return you to the trail as a four-legged creature—intuitive, sensitive, propulsive, and indescribably limber.
There are many field techniques beta-testers are using with Limber Bows. The most basic technique is similar to a Nordic ski stride. The tip of one bow goes on ahead. Plant it, and your bow's flexibility subtly lightens your weight and softens your step as you pass. By the end of the stroke, your bow is gently nudging you forward. Lift it, and it swings forward, ready for another stroke, lightweight and responsive.
With applications in yoga, physical therapy, dance, water sports, and skiing, Limber Bows offer limitless possibilities indoors and out, and across every terrain.
As a partner, Todd's role with the fledgling company is primarily strategic and operational in nature.
John's genius innovation is poetic, minimalist, practical, organic, subtle in its design approach and almost spiritual in its construction: lightweight, with a delicate balance that makes it feel almost like a dowsing rod. It has game-changing implications for users. I'm honored to help support its launch.