Here’s what happened:
As your archery tutor and purveyor of tips n trix, I can do you no higher service than to send you to someone who actually knows what he’s talking about.
Let’s call it “The Lawn Quiver” — although admittedly, that sounds a bit like a garden pest.
What it is is this….
If I could go back in time I would order the bow online, probably from my beloved 3Rivers Archery, probably with 45-pound limbs.
As it was, I drove an hour and a half to Lancaster, PA. It was raining and freeway-boring most of the way. And then of course there was the drive back, in heavier rain. On the bright side….
So I built one. And got hooked. Especially on the building. I like shooting them, too. A lot. But building, making something wonderful, natural, and dangerous, and that functions properly: that thrill just gets better.
I plan to build more. But…
Instruction and personality galore. Another, long-awaited, Hickok45 archery video.
I can’t tell you how….
Don’t worry, this woman’s neck is not being broken by her coach.
A brief scan of World Archery TV failed to uncover any love for traditional bows, archers, or wood arrows. But, if you enjoy watching serious-looking people take turns squinting through peep sites, fingering releases, and popping shafts into yon tiny bullseye, WAT could be what you’ve been waiting for.
Me personally, I need to be in the mood. But ….
I’ve bellied a couple bows with the red fiberglass pictured here. The bow above was the first I tried backing with the stuff — elaborated on here. Maybe I’m wrong, but as far as I’m concerned, electrical grade fiberglass is not bow-backing material. I’m next to certain it was the weak link in this bow’s design chain. On the other hand….
Hey, where’s the next installment of the grinder thingy?
Well, it got delayed by a dead well pump and assorted worse stuff.
Matthew B. Crawford’s Shop Class As Soulcraft: An Inquiry into the Value of Work is all about making bows, even though it never mentions bows, archery or bowmaking. (It’s been a while since I read it so I’m not absolutely certain of that.)
What you will find is a frank look at skilled manual labor by a motorcycle mechanic with a PhD in philosophy.
BrokeStick bow building got to the point where it needed a lamination grinder — a device that would not only grind a stick of wood to a desired thickness, but grind a taper into it as well. Didn’t need to search far and wide. Fortunately, a guy named Jim Thorne (AKA jwillis) built one and was generous enough to share the design with the world.
But does it work? Especially in the inept hands of the BrokeStick cohort?