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Steve Graf
Jun 21, 2022
In Main Campsite
It's a little after 5 and the sun hasn't yet started coming through the trees. The morning's first cup of coffee is about gone. I like to check out TAS in the morning to see what's happening. I'm thinking back to the days when there were lots of folks checking in here with lots of ideas and projects... I've got a little experimental project going in the shop. I've been fitting my arrows with a bamboo dowel made from shish kabob skewers for several years now. They work pretty well to strengthen my wood arrows. But could they be even better? I like my arrows to be as biodegradable as possible, so I don't want to use fiberglass dowel's. I tried heat treating the bamboo. No good. I've got some skewers curing now that I soaked in glue overnight to see if they would wick the glue up between their fibers. Once they are dry, I will weight them to see how much heavier they are. If they did wick up the glue, will they be stronger? Hmmm, one way to find out... The old standby iron nail makes a good fitting, I just don't want to add that much weight to my arrows. Maybe one of you fellows has a good idea for me? Mornings are my favorite time of the day. What will be possible today? Back when I used to smoke, I looked forward to that first cig of the morning. Now I just remember some of those first cig's. At least I still have my coffee... And my enthusiasm for the day to come. What are you up to today? Do tell.
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Steve Graf
Apr 03, 2022
In Building Archery Equipment
It used to be that I made a bunch of these bows and quivers every year. But my kids (and all their childhood friends) have grown up and mostly moved on to their own lives. They aren't yet married with kids, so I await the grand kids.... I'm in that stretch where I don't get much kid time. That said, a young fellow (to whom I gave time and material to aid in his pursuit of learning to shoot the longbow and hunt the regal buck) came around with his wife and their daughter. My how time does fly. He was but a snot nosed kid when we met, and now he has a snot nosed kid of his own. So I made her a much improved archery tackle set compared to what I made for him all those years ago.
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Steve Graf
Dec 25, 2021
In Building Archery Equipment
One of my nephews is still shooting a lot. We went for a rove during our thanksgiving get-together and he was still using the PVC quiver I made for him when he was 10. He's taller than me now, so it was time for an upgrade. The upgrade, made in a bit of a rush, but it turned out ok: Sorry 'bout the fuzzy pictures. Crap phone with a crap camera.
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Steve Graf
Aug 14, 2021
In Building Archery Equipment
Well I ain't gett'n any younger. Along with everything else, my draw length is getting shorter (ahem), and my draw weight is down to 50 lbs. So I thought I'd amend my broadheads to compensate... I took my tried and true Tusker Concords down from a width of 1 1/8 to their new width of 7/8 inch. 7/8 inch is the legal minimum in NC. A little lead melted into the taper brought the weight back to my favorite 150 grains. You may notice what appear to be blunt points. You would be right. They are made from 3/8 chair leg rubber tips and .38 brass. They weight about 140 grains. They are also untested... But dirt cheap. The .38 brass fits an 11/32 arrow. I made some with 30/30 brass for my preferred 3/8 arrows. Really they come in a bit over 23/64. But a guy can fantasize right? This arrow is a bamboo fitted 3/8" basswood arrow. Here's the other end: Those are 5 1/2 inch North Carolina Wild turkey feathers. The three rings indicate that this arrow has been broken and spliced back together 3 times. It still spins as true as any carbon arrow. This old arrow has hit the mark so many times and made me seem like a much better shot than I really am. So in return, I have equipped her with a shaving sharp broadhead and intend to let her fly first should the opportunity come this fall. Till then, she can rest easy in my quiver. Get ready boys, adventure is afoot 😜
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Steve Graf
Jul 30, 2021
In Main Campsite
Deno won one of Ira's famous give-away's. Deno then sent me what he had won and I scanned them into pdf's and uploaded them to the give-away thread. Deno thought I should start a new thread in case folks weren't checking the give-away anymore. So, shazam! Those very pdf's are attached to this message. Thanks to Deno and Ira for sharing. I hope y'all will enjoy reading the issues.
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Steve Graf
May 30, 2021
In For Sale Archery Supplies
Anyone interested in a 6 arrow JoJan fletching jig? I have one set up for straight fletching and another set up for left-wing helical. I can post some pictures if there is interest. I'm thinking $50 each including shipping inside USA. From what I can tell, they are no longer sold, but equivalent fletchers on 3Rivers site run about $100.00.
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Steve Graf
May 02, 2021
In Building Archery Equipment
My Ace Spine tester used to be kept on the wall where it was useful 1% of the time and a waste of space the other 99% of the time. So a few years ago I was inspired by the Spartan efficiency of a friends camper that we use for elk hunting when I noticed things stowed on the ceiling and thought: "I can do that". So I moved my spine tester from the high value real estate on the wall to the relative swamp-land of the ceiling. When needed, the tester is dropped down over my work bench for convenience. When not needed it's up and out of the way. Here it is deployed over my workbench: Here it is stowed on the ceiling: Here's the little bracket used to keep it up against the ceiling: A few days ago I was using my spine tester and getting irritated (as usual) by what I feel is a design flaw. The dang adjustment knob never stays tight and is a real bother. So I jumped right on that problem (only took 20 years). I dug through my magic coffee can and dug out a spring, a 10-32 screw, and a washer. I removed the cap-head screw from the adjustment wheel and replaced it with the aforementioned hardware. Now the thing is smooth as silk and stays where I put it.
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Steve Graf
Apr 15, 2021
In Building Archery Equipment
When I went to Cody Wyoming and took John Schulz's class, I had a bow with a limb tip protector on it. After I strung up my bow and presented myself with bow, quiver, and arrows for inspection, John looked at my bow and said "get that thing off there". Which I did. Our conversation took many turns and we never got back to his explanation as to why. Which means that maybe I am still in the dark. That said, for just a little more than the cost of a rubber limb tip protector from 3Rivers, I bought a can of Plasti Dip and can "custom" mold untold thousands of limb tip protectors (and who knows what else?). I often lean my bow against a tree while taking a leak or dressing out a monster buck (usually the former, rarely the latter). So even if it is somehow "bad form" to use a limb tip protector, I guess I will anyway. 2 dips provided a very thin durable tip that won't come off till you want it to. Then it easily peels off, but can't be reused.
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Steve Graf
Dec 04, 2020
In Building Archery Equipment
Our archery season can see big temperature swings in a day. I might start out with a jacket in the morning and end up in a t-shirt by the afternoon. These constant changes in bulk make having a well adjusted back quiver a chore. Having to adjust the strap length by adjusting the leather thongs at the bottom of the strap is cumbersome and time consuming. Often (because I am too lazy to adjust the strap), my quiver hangs too loosely and swings under my bow arm when I shoot in the afternoon, or chokes me in the morning when I wear extra cloths. No more... I had a belt buckle on an older quiver that made for easy adjustment, but I had to take the quiver off to do it, and it was bulky. This new improvement is not bulky, and I can make the adjustment while wearing the quiver. I used gun sling hardware to make an adjustable strap for my quiver. It didn't take long to make and works nicely. It gives 7 (+4/-3) inches of adjustment from the nominal length. Here is a picture of the new strap next to the old strap: Here is a picture of the new strap on the quiver:
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