Tuning cheat sheet

We all have those little tools that we carry with us whenever we grab our archery gear and start shooting. This little Arrow Tuning Cheat Sheet would definitely be a huge asset to add to our arsenal. Another great blog from Charles’ Archery Blog!

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Do you have a hard time remembering tuning rules?

I do.

To help myself out I made a reference card that hangs on my quiver. It is helpful when I can’t remember if tightening the spring on my plunger moves the arrow left or right, or if bareshafts left of the fletched group indicate stiff spine or weak spine, etc.

tuning cheat sheet I am right handed so the stuff on this sheet is of course for right handed shooters. There are plenty of rules missing, I just jot the rules I can’t easily remember.

Not all the rules are on this sheet just the stuff I sometimes have to scratch my head a bit to remember.  It saves me having to stop what I’m doing, go inside and look it up. It is also helpful at the range where I don’t want to carry a reference book around or to help somebody out…

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Removing glued in points from carbon arrows

Removing Glued-In field Points from Carbon Arrows. We have all had this problem. Changing our Field tip weight or even just the style of tip we use. It’s always nice to have a clear-cut answer to the problem. Charles Archery Blog really lays it out for us in this blog post.

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I recently had to swap out glued in points from a set of carbon arrows. I was going from lighter points to heavier points to weaken the arrow spine. The arrows points were set in with hot melt glue, so I knew I would have to apply a heat source to the points in order to soften the glue enough to remove them. I checked the internet for options.

I found many suggestions on the web, torch, lighters, and others, but the two methods that caught my eye were offered by Dennis Lieu, archery coach at UC Berkeley, in this article. He suggests using hot water and or a hair dryer as the heat source. This appealed to me as these heat sources seemed more benign than a fire source and I didn’t want to over do it on my first time and risk ruining perfectly good arrows.

I don’t have a hair dryer so the…

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The Summoner Trilogy and The Ranger Quiver


The Ranger Quiver from Rasher Quivers has been featured on the cover of the book, “The Inquisition.”  This book is Part 2 of the the Summoner Trilogy Series by Taran Matharu.  It is a New York Times bestseller and a Publishers Weekly bestseller.

The first book in this series, “The Novice,” is also a New York Times bestseller. The third book “The Battlemage” is the epic conclusion to The Summoner Trilogy.

Follow the young hero, Fletcher, as he works his way from being a blacksmith’s apprentice to a Battlemage in this epic series of adventures.

Get the Ranger Back Quiver that Fletcher used on his adventures only at Rasher Quivers

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Organizing Leather Craft Stamping Tools



BONUS TIP:  When working at your bench, use a pill bottle to store all the leather stamps that you are using.  This keeps them from rolling all over your table and getting in the way.  It also makes it easier to find the tool that you are looking for.


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What bow is good for a beginner archer?

A new archer can never get too much input on these subjects. Multiple points of view a great way to get to where you want to be. This blog was posted by My Archery Experiences.

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Selection of bows Selection of bows

This is a question that most archery coaches are asked at some point by their students.
What bow should I should get?
Like all good answers it is both simple and at the same time complex. In simple answer terms, it should be a bow that works for you. Knowing what works for you is the difficult part. So here are a few thoughts that might help, I hope you find them useful.
Buying your first bow is such a personal decision for anyone to make,  it is very hard for me to say buy this bow over another. Each of us is different, for that reason I have to say it is up to the archer which bow they choose. But, yes there is a but, I will  try and give some advice on what to look out for and to consider when buying the bow.

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Showing off a Custom Celtic Ranger Quiver

In my first Facebook Live video I show off a Custom Celtic Ranger Back Quiver and I demonstrate the effects of a foam quiver bottom.

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Traditional Archery Gear – Arm Guards

Source: Stick & String Adventures Podcast – Episode 28 – Archers Roundtable

The Continuing Conversation between


Ned Miller – What about arm Guards?  Do you guys use them and do you have any stories related to that?

Nick Viau – Actually I’ll take this one first, too.  I’ve struggled with that for a long time too.  Since I started shooting a longbow and I’ve gotten use to shooting it, I have not used an arm guard since.  The reason being is that shooting stick bows like I do, if you are hitting your arm guard then something is wrong.  So to me, if I get whacked in the forearm then I deserve it and it’s going to tell me why.

The reason that I am like that is because when I first started shooting a longbow I had an arm guard on and my string was really taking a beating.  I was shooting really awful for about a month.  I couldn’t figure out why.  I had to keep re-serving my string and I wondering what was going on.  Somebody watched me shoot and they said, “Why do you shoot back foot back?”  Like I said, I am a fairly big guy and I’ve got long arms and a bit of a barrel chest.  One of the things that happened was that by kicking my back foot back I opened myself up so I was hitting my arm guard every single time.  The grommets in my arm guard were cutting my string.  That’s one of the things that was causing everything to go so wacky.  I didn’t even think about that.  So, I took the arm guard off.  I hit my arm a few times. I straitened myself out and I was fixed that fast.  So from here on out I never shoot with an arm guard on unless I’m at a show.

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I really like the arm guard that Jason recently made me for “Life & Longbows.”  I love that.  I will wear that for shows and things like that, but when I am actually going to shoot all day and go into the woods and stuff, I won’t use an arm guard.

Now, when I’m in the woods and I have to keep a coat sleeve held back, what I try to do is wear tighter fitting cloths so I don’t have to worry about that.  One of the things I got from one of Fred Eichler’s articles…  He was selling rubber bands and I was like, “Why is Fred Eichler selling Signature Series Rubber Bands?  Has it really gotten that bad?”  I was really laughing about it the other day.  I’ll be danged if I didn’t take a bunch of rubber bands into the woods with me one day.  I was thinking, “Man to hold back my coat, I’ll bet you this would really work.”  I put a couple on my coat and I wont use an arm guard ever again.  Get a thick rubber band and put it around your coat and your good to go.

Ned Miller – That’s a great point.

“Color me sissified, but the far and few inbetween that I do hit my arm, that really hurts.”

Jason Albert – I’m the opposite.  Color me sissified, but the far and few inbetween that I do hit my arm, that really hurts.

Nick Viau – No pain, no gain, Jason.

Jason Albert – It makes me so angry when I do it because it hurts so bad.  So I do wear an arm guard.  I don’t hit it very often, but when I do I am so thankful for that arm guard.  But you have to remember, I’m shooting sixty-five pound recurves and seventy-three pound reflex-deflex bows.  So I really got the weight on there and it’s just smacking the crap out of me.  I’ll cry.  I’m not afraid to admit it.  I’ll cry like a little girl…  No, I’m just kidding. I’m a real man, dang it.

 “I have actually seen people draw blood from not wearing an arm guard”

So especially for a beginner, if you’re just starting off, I think that is probably one of the most important pieces of equipment that you can buy because you are going to smack your arm.  It is going to hurt and it will make you not want to shoot if you just keep smacking it.  I have actually seen people draw blood from not wearing an arm guard.

Nick Viau – Oh Yeah, I was bruised from chest to wrist.  I didn’t know what the heck I was doing when I first started shooting.

Ned Miller – Yeah, I think that’s a great point, especially for a new archer.  They definitely have to have that just because we know that they are going to hit their arm.  I’m with both of you. I use an arm guard when I am just practicing if I think about it.  Unless I forget, then I smack my arm, and then I think about it.

When I’m hunting I don’t use one at all.  Whatever I’m wearing is what I have.  I don’t hold back my sleeves.  That’s a good idea.  I’ve never tried that with the rubber bands.  I just go with whatever I have on.  The misses that I’ve had weren’t clothing related , but I think that’s a good idea.


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