Overgenomen uit IJzer en Leie 10-10-1972

De history van de Vlaamse Lattenboog van Gebr D'Hondt uit Kuurne Belgie.

Alfons en Bert van Eekelen met een Vlaamse lattenboog van Gebr D'Hondt

Around 1880 the brothers Alouis and Jozef Vromant were started with the making ofwooden bows in the village Kuurde near Kortrijk in Belgium. The bows were made completely by hand, no machines were used. These bows were made up greenheart as belly and ash wood for the backing. The interlayer consisted ofmassaranduba and greenheart albumum. For special bows snake wood was also used for the belly.
All this bows had hom nocks and a strawboard handle to make the centre. Subsequently the centre was covered with leather and after that the grip was wind with cord in a special way. The top and bottom side of the handle were completed with a bone ring. Later a ring of bakelite was used.
In 1913 Alouises daughter married the cabinetmaker Julien d'Hondt. Julien took the production of the Flemish bows up in St. Catherina. He was familiar with woodworking and for those days he had settled himself with very modem equipment.
The two sons of Julien - Albert and Octaaf - had taken over the business in circa 1945. It was in those days that lots of Belgian people emigrated to the United States. However, it was hard to buy the bows and arrows to shoot popinjay in the United States. These had to be imported from Belgium. It was then that the brothers d'Hondt decided to undertake the production of the bows with eight persons, this to meet the overseas and domestic demand. Product quality always had the first priority resulting in splendid performance and hardly none broken bows. This is why the brothers d'Hondt bows were very popular. Due to the run on bows others tried to copy the lath bows carefully. However, archers preferred the d'Hondt bows.
In the year 2005 Octaaf d'Hondt - 88 years old - still pro duces bows. Even now these are very special work of arts. You may well speak that a d'Hondt bow is the Stradivarius amongst the traditional bows.
Alf. van Eekelen
March 2005