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Weird eBay Listing...
May 27, 2016 - A kinda neat photo of one of my stranger eBay listings. Maybe the weirdest yet? "A couple dozen broken arrows." ...Just sold for $10. (I even like the concrete texture above and below the box. Dang, actually, that texture is the bomb. The glove kind of throws off the whole thing, though. Well, it's all wrapped up and shipped...  > Read Article

Crossbows! -- Easy Accuracy without a "Bang."
June 01, 2012 - Crossbows are big worldwide. These days especially, but they probably have been for a long time. So many niches thrive outside the limelight. The limelight being reserved for big money sport. Crossbows make sense to me for the kind of suburban hunting that I often do. Since they don't make gunlike noise but require only gunlike ...  > Read Article | Go to Website

Hunting Slingshots Gone Wild! ...Meet Chief A.J.
June 01, 2012 - OK, I thought that things might be interesting in the land of slingshots because I recall some nifty target rigs with stabilizers and such. But when I googled it I had no idea what I would run into. There's this guy, Chief AJ, who seems to be a big player in the sling scene. He's an old dude, but totally buff still. And he's gun...  > Read Article

Compton's Traditional Archery Meet: June 18-20
May 21, 2010 - June 18-20 is the 10th big traditional archery campout in Berrien Springs, MI. A friend tells me that it's the biggest bow event anywhere and a great time for the family. Lots of kid activities, lots of everything, bowmaking, you name it. People camp for 3-4 days. Set along the St. Joe river. We'll try to check it out this year.  > Read Article | Go to Website

Traditional Archery Expo: Huge Annual Event 1/29-31, Kalamazoo
January 28, 2010 - The huge annual traditional archery expo is happening this weekend in Kalamazoo. All kinds of displays, booths and workshops ongoing from Fri-Sun. Flintknapping, whittling selfbows, laminating recurves, horn, wood, primitive, hightech epoxies, historic, reenacting, fantasy, Indian, Asian, -- you name it, it's going to be the...  > Read Article | Go to Website

The Nomadic Bows of Eurasia
January 28, 2010 - Interest in the deeply recurved bows of the nomadic peoples who swarmed the plains of Eurasia is making a comeback. Part of this is from the recent opening of the East to the West. Part might even be due to movies like Lord of the Rings. All of it has exploded thanks to the Web. So check out the archery of the Huns, ...  > Read Article | Go to Website

"Whitling A Longbow": From the 1995 OYB Vault
May 18, 2009 - [NOTE: This article seems to be the most-googled of my 1000+ online stories. I put it up in 1995. It's from super print issue #7, still available (see "Mag Issues" link at left). It has been located on a buried old OYB webpage. I've finally up-dated it. If you're new here, courtesy of this story, welcome! OYB is a big t...  > Read Article

Snaky Bows & Freehand Pipes
March 29, 2007 - They go together. They both have natural, flowing shapes, that go where the wood wants to go. Many crafted wood items, including pipes and bows, are cut to symmetric shapes. Boats, skis and gunstocks are. But here are two instances where the wood takes over. If one appreciated the one I bet they'd appreciate the other...  > Read Article

Wild-But-Accurate Ultra-Short Tech-Bow
March 21, 2007 - My brother saw a guy shooting one of these at a local archery range the other day. He hit a quarter-sized spot with every shot. The Liberty I (One). What a freaky bow! It's 20" long, 70-lb pull, with 10-lb hold-weight. Shoots 304 fps. People say it reminds them of a wrist-rocket slingshot. Why not merge archery and...  > Read Article | Go to Website

Project: Combo Animal Ornaments...and Targets!
March 22, 2006 - We have a country yard that has a woodsy natural section and some trails in it. I've put bird-baths and other lawn ornaments out here and there over the years. We've always had a range for archery and bb-gun targets. I've always wanted one of the 3D buck deer targets to practice archery on. But I've also thought that it would b...  > Read Article | Go to Website

Snaky bows: the sexiest bows out there
December 14, 2005 - I tend to prefer a simple, direct bow made of one piece of wood. This kind of bow is called a selfbow. I also prefer a selfbow to have a lot of character. The wood should reveal amazing grain and color. In the world of selfbow-making (all by hand) there's an elite level where bowyers work with wildly curvy wood---often including...  > Read Article | Go to Website

Selfwood Longbows...
January 04, 2005 - Get a nicely made snakey bow someday and you'll really have something worth shooting. A good one is so sweet, it's like playing music. I made an Osage self-bow once and after I settled into shooting it and getting to know what it liked I realized that it was playing notes. A good self-bow is almost as fast as a top recurv...  > Read Article