Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Pasadena Trad Shoot - It was a great day!

The long anticipated traditional shoot at Pasadena Roving Archers has now passed us.
I'm sorry to say that I did not get to actually do the shoot. I've found that when I set up my booth to sell I am better off not doing the shoot. When I've tried to do both I do neither very well. Too bad, the reviews I heard about the targets were universally good.
I didn't speak with anyone who didn't have a good time. The weather was great. The food the club had available for purchase was great. The target set-up was great. We didn't even get bothered by the big U2 concert that was held at the Rose Bowl that evening. Good thing, too. The concert was sold out at 95,000 tickets (!). The shoot was over and we were long gone before the traffic really got bad.
If you'd like to see some pictures Fayme took during the day you can go to this PaleoPlanet thread. Scroll down a bit to get to the pictures. You can also see them at Fayme's Flickr group for Pasadena Roving Archers.

Ron Buehler of the PRA has been trying to get the club to have a traditional shoot for some time. They finally got tired of listening to him and gave the go-ahead.
Ron, you did a great job putting the shoot together and running it. The club should be proud of you.
You can be assured that I'll be at the next traditional shoot the club has.

Thanks to everyone who stopped by to see my work and chat for a bit. And many thanks to those of you who purchased something. I got a lot of great comments on the arrow sets I displayed. One of the most common was, "those are too pretty to shoot."
Folks, pretty arrows fly just as good as ugly ones and they cost the same. Arrows are made to be in the sun and the wind. Let's get them out there where they can fulfill their destiny.

Thanks for reading.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Mario, your arrows are ready...

I'll have them at Pasadena tomorrow.

No sooner did I put down the cloth to take the above picture and I had a subject...

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

New Arrows for Richard

I just finished these arrows for Richard Saffold of Richard's Bowyery.
Rather than a whole set of arrows all the same, Richard needs a variety of arrows so he can test the bows he makes to see what works best with each bow. When needed he includes a couple of these arrows with the bow when it goes to a new home so the new owner has an idea on what to get when they purchase arrows.
For Richard I typically make two arrow sets in a mix of spines and total weights. That little grey area of cresting is where I write the spine and physical weight of the arrow.

I tried some new colors on these arrows. The two greens turned out really nice as did the green metallic. The purple is exceptional and I'm still amazed at how good a purple arrow looks. I wish someone would order a set so I could make more purple arrows.
Do you remember Julian, the 85 year old fellow in New York state who shoots my arrows with one of Richard's bows? Richard just told me that he heard from him recently and he's headed for England for some longbow competition. He's still very pleased with Richard's bow and my arrows. Best of luck to you, Julian!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Pasadena Traditional 3D Shoot - October 25

The Pasadena traditional 3D shoot is coming up soon on October 25.
This will be a good shoot to attend. Ron is a dedicated traditional shooter and he's been bugging the Pasadena Roving Archers to put on a trad only shoot. Since he's the one running it, we can be assured it will be fun and well run.
I'll have the Greenman Archery booth set up to sell custom wood arrows, gourd art from both Fayme and I, and knitted and crocheted products Fayme makes. She's been making some great caps and tams from 100% wool in colors that are good for the outdoorsman. I think she'll also have some of the jewelry she makes. I'll also have some killer gourd drums that I've been making. You won't want to miss those!
Richard Saffold is getting some of his bows to me so I'll have them available, too. Richard was one of the first bowyers to use ipe, a tropical hardwood that makes incredible bows. He's written a couple articles for traditional archery magazines regarding these bows and they are being used all over the world by happy archers.
Sagittarius Archery should be there as well. If you need feathers, points, shafts, or other archery supplies be sure to see them. I know I'll be dropping a pile of money on their table as I'm running low on a few things. They're great folks to deal with.

Be sure to stop by to say hello to me. I'd love to meet you and get some feedback on the blog.

Happy shooting!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

New Blogs in the Greenman Woods

Since I started the Greenman Archery blog it has become a repository for my custom arrow making, gourd art, and lately my passion for cooking. All these things are fun to do, write about, and share with my readers but some of the content hasn't had a lot to do with archery or custom arrows, the original subject of this blog.
Consequently, I've decided to branch out a bit. I've opened up two new blogs: Greenman Gourds and Greenman Cooking.
These two new blogs will give me a place to focus on gourd art and cooking. Greenman Archery will get back to... you guessed it: Archery!
I want to thank everyone for their support and I hope you enjoy reading all my blogs


Saturday, October 3, 2009

Sauerkraut Update

Earlier this week I visited my friend, David Brunetta, at his studio in Laguna Canyon to do some work with him. I'd been bragging to David about how good the sauerkraut was and brought a little bit down for him to try.
Tonight I got an email from David that contained nothing but this picture:

I think I could ask for no greater accolade.  Thanks, David!