Let’s call it “The Lawn Quiver” — although admittedly, that sounds a bit like a garden pest.
What it is is this….
This thing’s so easy to make a build-along would be an insult to your intelligence. But I’ll talk you through it because even the obvious owns mysteries it shares only with experience.
Anyway, what I did is I took a length of 4″ PVC (Schedule 40) and a length of 1″ PVC and glued ‘em up and when that didn’t work….
I sanded flat spots in the curve of the 4″ pipe and re-glued the legs with Crazy Glue, then hit the joints with Apoxie – which, I swear on my collection of Traditional Bowyer’s Bibles (Vols I-IV) rivals Duct Tape as the DIY panacea of All Time.*
To keep the arrows from dropping through the tube and spilling out on the ground, I plugged one end of the 4″ tube with plywood and three finishing nails. Topped that inside with a circle of excess carpeting and
Here’s a close up of the “weld”.
The next time I build one of these, I’m going to spend time making the Apoxie connections look more elegant. Truth is, I wasn’t sure if this would work. When I’m inventing, my first priority is not aesthetics but function. Now that I realize that Apoxie works better than I could have possibly known (unless I’d done the research) I also know it’s worth taking the time to make it look good. Which is always true. Unless you’re in a hurry.
Let’s call the 4″ tube 24″ long. The legs are I think 18-ish inches with one end sanded to a perfect 45 degree angle. Give or take a perfect degree or two. After the Apoxie sets, the whole shmear is blasted with forest green or whatever color spray paint comes to hand. When I retire and have all the time in the world, I might embellish the thing with Celtic, Indian, or Cuneiform characters to make people think I’m … retired.
So why did I make this thing in the first place?
Originally, I wanted a quiver from which two men could comfortably pull arrows without violating various heteronormative boundaries. My first DIY quiver needed to be leaned against a folding chair. It kept falling down. The Lawn Quiver is handy. What can I say? It allows two or more shooters to comfortably share an arrow supply whilst loosing communal prongs at yon target. That, and I thought it might be cool. It is. You can even rest your bow on it whilst retrieving yon arrows.
The Lawn Quiver: Simple genius.
* Seriously, if I were to be banished to a deserted island and given the choice of Duct Tape or Apoxie, I’d say, “Load up the skiff with putty, boys.” That good.