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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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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Traditional Archery Gear – Glove Vs. Tab


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

The Continuing Conversation between

Ned Miller – Alright, let’s talk about some other equipment like accessories, gloves, arm guards, and those types of things.  Then I want to move into talking about quivers.  So let’s talk about accessories.  Are there things that you’ve tried and didn’t like?  Are there things that you’re stuck on that now you love?  And what’s the progression been or each of you?  Let’s start with Nick.

Nick Viau – I think your biggest most overlooked piece of gear is your glove or your finger tab.  I have gone back and forth between a glove and a tab forever.  When I first started, I shot with a tab.  Everybody said that it was the cleanest release. It’s light.  It’s nice and airy on your fingers when you shoot.  I got that thing into the woods just to go stumping with it and I was fumbling with that thing constantly.  I was like, “This is not going to work.”  I had a hard time hitting my anchor.  I got really long fingers and I had to pull hitting my anchor a little funny.  I didn’t like it so I immediately ditched it.

Then I got a Damascus Glove and I absolutely loved that.  I could find my anchor really, really well.  It was a really thin glove.  Then I moved to a thicker glove because I thought that I could shoot more and it hurt my fingers because I didn’t really have callouses yet. So, I moved to an Alaskan Bow Hunter Glove.  It was cordovan and it was way too thick. So I eventually got rid of that.  Then I moved to a tab again.  Then I moved back to a Damascus.

I actually have some hand injuries from football and I kept jamming my thumb. I wasn’t able to do a deep core anchor anymore so I changed my anchor. You know, I hated tabs so I didn’t have a way to do it.  Even though I never believed in spending fifty-dollars on a glove, I went with the American Leathers Glove. I’ve been there for the last four months and I absolutely love it.  I can tell you right now, I am never going to shoot anything else.  That’s it for me.  It’s nice to have and I wish that I would have found it sooner. I think that glove versus tab is really important.  You have to figure out what you’re going to do.  You have to get whatever that is out into an application situation.  You have to find out what works for you.

Ned Miller – Right.

Jason Albert – My big problem with the glove is that fact that I don’t have big monkey fingers like Nick does.

Nick Viau – And they’re crooked too.

Jason Albert – I’ve got snausage fingers.  So my thing is that with the gloves, they never fit right.  So, after every single shot I have to tap my finger tips against my chest just to put that glove back on there so it’s tight.

Nick Viau – No wonder you’re not seeing any deer, Jason

Jason Albert – I know, Right?  I’m out there beating my chest.  That’s wrong.

Ok, moving on. So, I never thought like I was getting that glove on the same way twice because of my little snausage fingers. So, I went to a tab.  I went to a few tabs.  I tried the bear fur, I tried the standard leather tabs, but now I’m shooting the Fred Eichler Signature Series Cordovan Tab.  I absolutely love it.  I can’t say that I will ever change again.

Ned Miller – Oh my goodness.  Honestly, I had no idea that each of you took a different route on that.  I was just interested to see the progression that you take because I know people go through a lot of different choices.  That’s really interesting.  I’m glad that it ended up that way.  We got a glove user and a tab user.  That’s great.  Thanks for sharing that guys, because I know a lot of people struggle with that.  It’s almost, like you said Nick, it’s just something that gets swept under the rug and you don’t think about it.

Here’s one of those things too.  A lot of times when you go into a bow shop, a modern bow shop, sometimes they don’t have the tabs.  A lot of times they’ll have one glove or maybe two.  A lot of times, they don’t even have a tab for a selection. So you don’t even know what your options are a lot of the time.

I guess that I will give my perspective real quick.  I use a glove.  I haven’t even tried a tab.  I’ve just always used a glove and haven’t had many other experiences with it.



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Rasher Quivers’ Custom Order Craft Times

How long will it take to craft your custom order?

This video walks you through where to find how long it will take Rasher Quivers to craft your custom order.

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Traditional Archery Gear – Bowhunting Preparation

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

The Continuing Conversation between


Nick Viau – I do own a sixty-two inch longbow and I like sixty-two’s in the woods, but…  I actually thought that a sixty-two was going to be a huge advantage in the woods until I actually got our there and realized it didn’t make a bit of difference at all.

“I think my problem has been going through all these different bows, yet I never make a decision”

Ned Miller – I hear that.  I have to say…  I don’t know if it’s confession time or not, but here it comes.  I don’t know if this qualifies me or not either, but…  All the time I’ve been out hunting.  It’s not as often as I’d like to.  I’ve missed three deer.  I missed three times.  I missed high, I missed low, and I missed in the front.  As frustrating as that is, they’ve all been with three different bows.  Now, I’m to the point where, I’m going to make this bow.  I’m going to stick with this bow, and I don’t care if it kills me, until I get accurate with one specific bow and then take game with it.  I think my problem has been going through all these different bows like we’ve been talking about.  Yet, I never make a decision.

Jason Albert – That’s the problem with you bowyers.  All you bow makers out there…  Every time you make a new bow, it’s your new favorite bow.  So you’re always learning on new bows.

Ned Miller – Yup, and I never get enough practice in with it.

Nick Viau – I totally agree with you.  This is the first thing I learned from some of the guys when I told them that I want to start bow hunting in the fall.  I wasn’t even going to hunt that season.  I got talked into it.  By the time I figured it out, everybody said, “Alright is that’s the bow that you’re going to hunt with?”  I said, “Well I only got one bow.” They said, “Start shooting it the way you’re going to hunt with it.  Shoot what arrows you’re going to hunt with.  With the quiver on it or off it. Pick however you’re going to do it and start doing it now and don’t change it until you’re out of season.”  I totally echo that.

I missed three deer last year.  Two of the deer I had tags for just last year.  Both of them were perfect shots. I used a different bow both times.  All season long I was moving back and forth between bows.  I had the R-D (Reflex-Deflex)bow that I was shooting that was around fifty-two inches.  One day I had a quiver on it, the next day I didn’t.  The next day I wanted a mojo shift so I moved over to another bow.  Missed a deer with that one because obviously I hadn’t been shooting it.  Finally I got rid of both of them for the year and I went back to my stick bow and I shot that one for the rest of the year.

“You’re going to remember what you’ve been doing the most.”

I was also jockeying arrows around.  I was shooting woods at first and for some reason I switched to aluminum because my confidence was off and I needed some consistency to get back on target. I missed both of those deer with an aluminum arrow. I missed both of them high.  Right over the back.  I ended up shooting the wood arrows.  I have been watching the wood fly all year round.  I was programmed to shoot a wood.  When I moved to aluminum it screwed everything up.  I don’t care if you go out right before a hunt and you shoot a few to get your mind right.  It don’t matter.  When you got buck fever, you revert back to your most primal state of shooting.  Your most subconscious state.  You’re going to remember what you’ve been doing the most.  If you have been shooting the wood or aluminum and you shoot the opposite, you’re not going to have success.  That’s what is going to happen.  You’re going to miss.  Unless there’s a divine intervention.

Jason Albert – I listen to your stories and I have to say that those are nice problems to have.  Every time I went hunting, I never even saw a deer during season.

“All the flip-flopping around and moving around and changing things isn’t going to be beneficial for you for a long time.”

Ned Miller – That’s a really good point. I wish that I would have seen more deer too.  That’s a good point, man.  I think that’s probably the one thing we need to make recommendations on too.  Sure, you have to try different bows.  You have to try different arrows.  But, at some point you have to stick with something and try to get efficient with it.  All the flip-flopping around and moving around and changing things isn’t going to be beneficial for you for a long time.  Of course, you have to do it at first to figure it all out.

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