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    Sunday, 26 June 2005
    Here's a good article on arrow speed.
    Steve Harville posted @ 03:45 - Link - comments

    Sunday, 19 June 2005
    Well, I was concerned about using a thick rawhide string and little shallow arrow nocks. I tried the Cherokee pinch release yesterday and couldn't do it (on my bow). This morning I decided to try again, but I started out with a real wimpy bow. It took a few tries, but I think I have it figured out. It's just like a Medeterranean release, except you leave a gap between the top finger and the arrow. Then you push your thumb between the arrow and the top finger. I worked up to a 55 pound bow. It makes you shoot high compared to 3 fingers under. Also, it lets you move your anchor under your chin so you can sight down the arrow better.
    Steve Harville posted @ 05:37 - Link - comments

    Saturday, 18 June 2005

     

    Pictures of Cherokee bow and arrows. My thanks to Mr. Bill Everett who posted these on TradGang and is allowing me to show them here. The string is 4 strand rawhide. The bow is 66" long, 1/2 inches thick at the handle, Made by William Cabbagehead in 1968. 
      
      
      

    Steve Harville posted @ 13:55 - Link - comments (4)

     I am having no luck finding a huntable population of groundhogs. I will make a string from goat rawhide for now and continue to look for groundhogs. Squirrel season starts mid August, but that is a little too close to Labor Day. I chose a 71 1/2 inch stave for the bow. It's slightly less than 1 1/2 inches wide in the narrowest part (about where the grip would be). It's an inner split from a stave cut in 2001. It has about 1 1/2 inches of reflex, mostly in the top limb. I'm still splitting out arrow blanks. The locust was a "find" back in the winter. I have them in my hot box to finish drying. 
      
    Steve Harville posted @ 13:21 - Link - comments

    Monday, 13 June 2005
    Worked on some black locust arrow blanks today. I'm having a discussion about Cherokee cornstalk shooting here and here
     
     
    Steve Harville posted @ 15:10 - Link - comments (2)

    Sunday, 12 June 2005
      Me shooting my selfbow. This is a big gif animation. Don't click on it unless you are on high speed internet connection. Update, Yahoo Briefcase may have a bandwidth limit, here's another link.
    Steve Harville posted @ 13:22 - Link - comments

    Joseph's bow was broken when my niece's boyfriend strung it backwards. I had won some snakeskins last year at Cloverdale and Gary Davis (who donated them as door prizes) instructed me on how to apply them to a bow. It's not finished yet, but he's already shooting it.  
      
    Steve Harville posted @ 11:48 - Link - comments (1)

    Saturday, 11 June 2005
     

    I finished Ruth's arrows. I just needed nocks and feathers. 

     
       
    Steve Harville posted @ 14:19 - Link - comments

    I got some nocks and the book Cherokee Bows and Arrows today. Visited with a few friends. Will shoot tomorrow. Here's part of the vendor's area. >>> 
    Steve Harville posted @ 10:52 - Link - comments

    I'll be at Cloverdale today and tomorrow. I need to finish up some arrows for Ruth so she can shoot Sunday. I'll see if I can get pictures of the event and some of my current projects.

    Steve Harville posted @ 03:50 - Link - comments



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