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Ugly Coyote

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Houston Duane Rich. Born in Los Angeles, CA November 16, 1916. His family moved to Glendale a few months later in January or February 1917.

I believe it would be a safe bet to say that if Hugh wanted to be remembered for one thing, among all that he did in archery, he would say arrows. Hugh and his shop, Hugh Rich Archery, (HRA), made arrows for everyone. No matter if you had a small budget or a very large one. Champion tournament archer, world class bowhunter, or stump shooter.

So, where did it all begin?

When he was 11 Hugh went to the Griffith Park archery range in Los Angeles. A man named Mr. Driesen was sponsored by the city and taught children about archery and how to make their own archery equipment. Hugh made a lemonwood bow and learned how to pin fletch arrows. For those of you not familiar with that method, it's basically fletching without a jig. You use pins at each end of the feather to hold it to the wood shaft as the glue dries. Here's Ken Wilhelm pin fletching.

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Retired Army Captain, Jack Hoefer, owned an archery shop in L.A. In addition to making and selling bows and arrows and other tackle to the public, he supplied many movie studios with archery equipment. Hugh would later do the same. Capt. Jack was at the range one day and saw the children fletching arrows. He was so impressed with Hugh's abilities that he hired him to fletch arrows at his shop for 10¢ a dozen. Remember, Hugh was only 11! Hugh said he used a cement similar to Duco on the lacquered shafts and Casein glue on the bare wood arrows for the movies. Several years later Hugh bought Capt. Jack's business. More on that a a later date.

Some of you use a brush rest. A few use the Para-Rest. The original Para-Rest was made by Shankland Saxon Corporation beginning in 1963. When Bud Shankland closed up shop in 1971 Hugh bought the remaining inventory, the dies for stamping the leather pads and various tools used in the manufacturing process. The originals had gold or silver lettering hot stamped onto the leather pads. Hugh did not stamp his version.

As you can see, Wing used a version of this rest. So did Bear.

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Here's the components of the Para-Rest.

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In 1981 Hugh attempted to sell the Para-Rest business, but the deal fell through. In 1989 he worked out some arrangement with Joe St. Charles of Northwest Archery.

I don't know who is making the current version of the plain rest with no leather pad.

This is a page out of a 1971 HRA catalog. The Mark III rest with a hole for a cushion plunger was Hugh's idea. It was not available from Shankland Saxon.

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Always enjoy your posts.  Always more to learn about HR.

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Very interesting.  Thanks for sharing.  I used to buy some things from Hugh Rich and he would usually send a nice little note with the order and I think I still have some of these.  He wrote a little about Howard Hill in my copy of Hunting the Hard Way or the Man and the Legend, can't remember which.  

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I remember Hugh, bought a new Howard Hill Longbow, 69", 72# @28" black radius glass on the back and white on the belly. The bow had about 1.5" of backset.  When I picked it up, he had me shoot some arrows at his shop. He was always a gentleman and willing to help.  Still have the bow, never knew what bowyer made it for Howard Hill Archery.
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Hud, try this.

http://www.dickwightman.com/howardhill/hhsindex.html/ Or, you can go to dickwightman.com and choose the Howard Hill page. If you don't find what you're looking for contact Craig Ekin at Howard Hill Archery.
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Hud:
 With a radiused back it pretty well dates your bow to before 1958, with glass on both back and belly, I would say between 1958 and 1960. The bowyer of that period would be Bob Stotler. After 1960 the glass manufactures started making lineal glass that would not bend around a radius, the glass would crack, that's when the flat lam Hill bow started. I have seen one radiused bow with lineal glass that was cracked and the glass was lifting along the outside edges. The owner of the bow bought it in 1958 Directly from Howard Hill Archery, as a gift to himself.

Would love to see detailed pictures of your bow.
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Thanks for the suggestions, I will take some pictures and send them to Bob and Craig.  I think the receipt was lost, but I'll look again.
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Just an update to keep things straight. I found a letter Hugh wrote to a collector and Hugh remembered the glue he used for pin fletching was named Dart and it would glue just about anything to anything. He bought it at Kress, (S.H. Kress), which is no longer in business.

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