Born and raised in Randolph, Utah, known by many as one of the coldest places in the lower forty-eight states, ElMont L. Bingham grew up in a typical country family, making his living with his hands.
ElMont recalls his first adventure with archery, or as they knew it back then, “a bow ‘n arrow.” While in the third grade, ElMont fashioned a bow from a tree limb and an arrow from a willow. With the use of common string he had his first bow and arrow. One day while in the class, and not doing his reading, ‘riting and ‘rithmetic, he strung his bow, carefully nocked his arrow and launched it with the technique and accuracy of a well known Robin Hood. The flying arrow was next seen sticking in the history teacher’s prized possession, not a mounted deer, elk, or antelope head with trophy-sized horns, but rather a picture of Abraham Lincoln, the sixteenth President of the United States of America. Needless to say, this act by such a young man was not well received, and in ElMont’s words, the penalty was such that he was sure he would never cast an arrow in a classroom again.
This was the beginning of a hobby that was to be a part of him for a lifetime. Following his years of required education, ElMont studied and graduated in 1950 from Utah State University in Industrial Arts with a Teaching
Degree in secondary Education. After teaching school for several years, he returned to the university and in 1959 completed his Masters Degree in Industrial Arts Education.
While teaching high school industrial arts, ElMont sought to develop programs that would allow students the opportunity to be creative, learn to use their hands and to experience success. One of his many projects, which became a popular yearly event, was building a recurve bow by following a proven design that he had developed. As time passed, it became obvious that if a person, student or adult, had access to a few power tools and followed
directions, he could build a recurve bow that he would be pleased to show even to his greatest critic.
In 1959, ElMont started Bingham Archery, later to become Bingham Projects, Inc. He offered proven
instructional materials, prints, and bow kits for building the Recurve Bow, the ever popular Take-Down Recurve, the Longbow, and the Take-Down Longbow as well as the finest in bow making materials.
Since 1993, his son, Elmont M. Bingham has continued in the great tradition of his father, assuring every opportunity for the avid archer to become a successful bowyer.