Wednesday, February 8, 2012

A Couple New Designs

For some time I've been thinking of a particular pattern for some cresting. I found the specifics for size and such on Wikipedia. At the same time I found pictures on the internet to use for a basis on the crown of one of the sets. After practicing the crown on a few dowel scraps I figured I was finally ready.

Here are detail shots of the cresting...

For those folks who don't recognize the crest pattern, it's the Vietnam Service Medal ribbon. The medal was given to armed service members who served in the Vietnam theater during the Vietnam War.  
I never went but quite a few of the folks I call friend did go. I wanted to do something to recognize those who served there and this is what I came up with.

The camouflage crown on the second set is meant to portray the iconic tiger stripe camouflage that some units used in Vietnam. It was never an officially issued uniform but it has come to be associated with the time and place. I didn't capture it exactly, but for hand painting it I don't think it came out too badly.

The red and yellow fletching echoes the colors of the crest. I thought about doing a barred cock feather but decided to keep it plain so the visual focus would be on the cresting, where it should be for these arrows.

I'll have these arrows for sale on the Greenman Archery website soon. If you're interested in them before I get them over to the site just leave me a message here. I'll also have these or similar arrows available at the Chamberlin Ranch traditional 3D shoot in April.

Happy Archery... and, thanks for your service.


Big Green Targets Archery said...

This new design is a great look, and has some meaning also. I would like to get some for my collection ....

Guy Taylor said...

Big Green, drop me an email to and I'll be happy to help you out.
I will be away from the computer from 5/22 through 5/29 so if you email during that time I'll reply when I regain access.
Thanks for your interest!

Brian Fleming said...

I've just stumbled across your blog after a google search. Your resume, determination, and archery knowledge are impressive and inspirational. I hope to one day have at least half the talent and dedication you do! I'm barely beginning my archery journey, but I'm excited. I would like to ask if you would be interested in doing an interview for my archery blog site: I'm trying to get a few expert opinions on various archery topics.

Please let me know!

Guy Taylor said...

Hi, Brian.
Thanks very much for commenting here. I'd be happy to offer you whatever help I may. See the comment just above yours for my email address. I'll also leave a comment at your blog.