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From: John at sns.com, R. at sns.com, Edge (7/17/94)

To: sfcallic at eos.ncsu.edu

CC: markh at sphinx

Subject: archery lists


You have my permission to cross post these lists or to make them

available from files, etc.


Sir Jon Fitz-Rauf, John R. Edgeton



        If you are interested in making your own self longbows, might I

suggest two books and two magazines that would be of great use to the


        The two books are <The Traditional Bowyers Bible> volumes 1 and

2.  They have articles on:  Making bows from lumber yard boards.  Making

bows from yew or osage orange. Tillering.   Self arrows.  Bow design and

performance.  American Indian bows.  Early European bows.  Recurred self

bows.  Horn and sinew bows.   How to improve your shooting accuracy.  And

many other articles of interest to the bowyer.  

        To order the books write:  Bois dArc Press, PO Box 233, Azle, TX

76098.  Credit card-call. (817) 237-0829.  Vol. 1 is $19.95 and vol 2 is

$22.95.  They also have the new edition of <The Longbow, a Social and

Military History> by Robert Hardy, this is an excellent history of the

longbow in England, both in peace and war.  It also contains much

information on the bows found in the Mary Rose.

        The magazines are:

        Traditional Bowhunter.  This is geared toward the bowhunter, but

often has good how-to articles  and interviews with bowyers.  It is also

a good source of ads for finished bows and bow making materials,

including many suppliers of staves and billets for self bow making.

        Subscription rates. 1 year(six issues) $16.00. Write-Traditional

Bowhunter Magazine, P.O. Box 15583, Bosie Idaho 83715.   Phone

orders-(208) 888-4710 after 6pm MST only.


        <Primitive Archer>.  This is the better of the two for the archer

that is interested in making their own bows.  It always has many detailed

how-to articles on bow making, arrow making, sinew backed bows, arrow

making and many other subjects of interest to the SCA archer.  As well as

many ads for primitive archery supplies, feathers,  wood arrows,  staves

and billets.

        Subscription rates.  1 year $14.00. Write-Primitive Archer, P.O.

Box 209, Lufkin TX, 75902-0209.  Call-(409) 632-8746.





taken from

Traditional Bowhunter & Primitive Archer Magazines

June 1994

Compiled by Sir Jon Fitz-Rauf

Three Rivers Archery Supply.  All types of archery supplies and bows.  

Catalog-$2.00.  PO Box 517, Ashley IN, 46705

T and Me.  Complete line of traditional suppliers.  Cat-free. 2370

Edgewater, Pekin IL 61554. (309) 382-1521.

Kustom King Arrows.  Full line of traditional supplies. Cat-free.  1260

E.86th place. Dept TB, Merrillville, Indiana 46410. (219) 769-6640.

Stewart’s Archery.  Arrows, shafts, staves. bow laminations.  RD 2, Box

306, Dept TB, Coatsville PA, 19320. (215) 857-2340.

Allegheny Mountain Arrowoods.  SASE for information. Parallel and tapered

shafts, full line of arrow making supplies.  Ash, cherry, poplar shafts.  

RR1-Box 178, Ulysses, PA 16948.  (814) 435-2441.

Big Creek Archery. Ramin wood shafts.  Rt.1, Box 7A, Chalmers IN, 47929.

(219) 984-5623.

Archery Past.  Products for the traditional archery craftsman.  Free Cat.

61526 East Lake dr., Bend OR, 97702. (503) 388-8400.

True Flight Manufacturing.  Feather fletching only.  Call (715) 543-8451.

Bowyer and Fletcher Co. Custom made arrows and raw shafts.  Box 1497,

Berthound CO, 80513.  Fax (303) 532-3944.

Discount Arrows.  Arrow making supplies and tools.  Free Cat. by phone.


Wolf Point Archery.  Arrows and shafts.  Douglas Fir and pine.SASE for

brochure.  Dept TB, PO Box 958, Wolf Point, Montana, 59201. (406)


Archery Traditions.  Traditional supplies. Arrows, bows. Cat-$2.00. 196

Alps Rd., Dept TBH, Athens GA, 30306. (706) 543-1893.

Whispering Wind.  Custom barreled and footed arrows. Cat-$1.00. PO Box

287, Lockeford CA, 95237. (209) 727-3301.

Nickerson MFG. Ramin wood shafts, parallel, tapered, barreled. And Shaft

Shop arrow making machine.  Send SASE or call. PO Box 33, Stevensville,

MT, 59870. (406) 777-2316.

Valley Archery Supply.  Complete Traditional supplies and bows.

Cat-$2.00. 3814 Blair Road. Whitewater CO. 81527.

The Footed Shaft.  Full line of traditional supplies. Cat- $1.00. 2610 NW

14th Ave, Rochester MN, 55901. (507) 288-7581. 9-5 cst.

Raptor Archery. Staves and billets, arrows and shafts, feathers. Cat-

$2.00. 502 Prospect st., Hood River OR, 97031.

Gateway Feather Mfg. Feather fletching.  P.O. Box 497, Dept TB, PO Box

497, dept.tb, Holmen, WI, 54636. (608) 526-4490.

Double Eagle Archery.  Douglas fir arrows and shafts.  PO Box 493, Dept

TB, Florence MT, 59833. (406) 273-0409.

Sthals Traditional Archery.  Full line of Traditional Archery supplies.

Cat- $1.00. 22523 S.R., 613 West, Oakwood OH, 45873.  (419) 594-2109.

Bull River Bow Crafts.  Douglas fir and Larch, arrows and shafts.  Free

brochure.  PO Box 615, Troy MT, 59935.

Kootenai Arrows.  Arrows and shafts. Pine, fir, larch, spruce. And bows.  

Box 95, Moyie, B.C., Canada. VOB 2A0. (604) 829-0528.

Butlers Traditional Bowhunting Supplies.  Custom arrows and shafts.  163

Bear River dr., Evanston WY, 82930. (307) 789-4982.

Meggers Traditional Archery. Custom cedar and fir arrows and shafts.

Tapered and barreled shafts.  511 N. Massachusetts Ave., Mason City,

Iowa, 50401. (515) 424-0874.

Raven Arrows. Birch and fir. Tapered or parallel shafts. Greybar turkey &

grey goose feathers.  993 Grays Creek RD., dept tb, Indian Valley. Idaho,

83632. (208) 256-4341.

Mohawk Arrows.  Barrel tapered shafts. Free brochure. PO Box 523, W.

Springfield, Mass. 01089. (413)781-5612.

Silent Pond Shafts. Shafts of Ash, maple and birch. 7 Maple, Whitefield,

NH. 03598. (603) 837-2323.

J & M Traditions.  Traditional Supplies. RD #2, Box 413, Sunbury, PA.

17081.  (717) 286-7887.

Feather Fletch Traditional Archery.  Traditional supplies. Cat- $2.00. RD

#2, Box 2172, Bangor, Pennsylvania, 18013. (215) 498-4676.

Blue Cloud Archery.  Ramin Wood shafts and feathers.  242 Walnut st.,

Fort Collins, CO, 80524. (303) 482-0711.

Dinks Feather Shop.  Custom cedar arrows and shafts. 52 Cent stamp for

list. Rt 1, Box 50A, Murrysville WV, 26153. (304) 273-3485.

The Archery Nook. Custom cedar arrows. SASE for list. 511 Baldwin R3,

Lake City, MI, 49651.

Twig Archery. Arrows and shafts, parallel, tapered and barrel.  Arrow

building supplies. Free brochure.  45194 TR 432, Coresville OH, 43811.  

(614) 829-2847.

Bob Cassels Archery.  Custom cedar arrows. 110-14 Leverington Ave.,

Philadelphia PA, 19127.  (215) 482-9813.

Whitetail Country Arrows. Custom arrows.  11 Foote st., Auborn NY, 13021.

(315) 253-1617.

Jays Sporting Goods. Cedar arrows and shafts. Longbows and recurves. dept

TB, 8800 South Clare Ave., Clare, MI, 48617. (517) 386-3475.

Bobs Gun and Tackle Shop. Cedar arrows and shafts, bows, arrow making

supplies.  Free list.  2208 Gun Lake rd., dept TB, Hastings MI, 49058.

(616) 945-4106.

Arrows by Kelly.  Cedar arrows and shafts.  Free list. Dept TB, R.167E,

Townline Rd., Athens, WI, 54411. (715) 257-7406

Lewis and Clark.  Ramin, cedar, fir and pine arrows and shafts. New and

used bows.  Paul Bogar, 832 Cedar Ave. Lewiston ID. 83501. (208)


Drumstick Arrows. Custom wood arrows. 3521 Valentine Dr., Denison, TX.,

75020. (903) 465-1241.

Cedar Valley Archery. Custom, modern and primitive arrows, shafting.  

Free brochure. 302 Blont, Charles City, IA, 50616, (515) 228-4652.

Ambush Archery. Natural arrows, shafts. Free brochure. SASE. Mike

Shroyer, 10685 Poorman st. S.W., Navarre, OH, 44662.

Legendary Longbows. Sitka spruce and ramin shafting.  $1.00 for

information.  Gary Ellis Sr/. 12465 W. Euclid Ave., New Berlin, WI,

53151. (414) 796-0522.

Redrock Primitive Supplies.  Raw Dogwood and River cane shafts. Feathers.

SASE for brochure. P.O. Box 584, Wells, TX 75976.  (409) 867-4515.

Jerry Berry. River cane shafts.  Rt/ 4, Box 164-A, Rusk TX 75785.  (903)


G.E.M. Shafts of Dogwood and River cane. Rt 1, Box 1708, Huntington TX,

75949.  (409) 876-5025.  

Precision Wood Products. Shafts of douglas fir, hemlock and sitka Spruce.

940 McDonald Rd, Quilcene, WA 98376. (414) 796-0522.

Stan Lindert.  Red Osier arrow shafts. 328B Manson Blvd., Manson WA






compiled from

Traditional Bowhunter and Primitive Archer Magazines

June 1994


Sir Jon Fitz-rauf

Kelly Hobbs. Semi finished osage orange and hickory self bow blanks.  639

SE 250, Clinton, NO 64735. (816) 477-3652.

Rocky mountain Laminations. Tapers, parallels, veneers of exotic wood.  

Neil Jacobson, 378 3 rd Ave E.N., Kalispell, MT 59901. (406) 752-2219.

Kilman laminations and Supplies.  Laminations, limb woods, exotic riser

woods, fiberglass, epoxy.  3732 Dolphaine lane, Flint MI 48506. (810)


Ambush Archery.  Osage staves, bows. Free brochure. SASE. Mike Shroger,

10685 Poorman st. SW, Navarre, OH 44662.

Legendary Longbows.  Staves of various woods, horn tips for nocks, bows.

$1.00 for info.  Gary Ellis Sr., 12465 W. Euclid Ave, New Berlin, WI

53151. (414) 796-0522.

Red Rock Primitive Supplies.  Osage staves and billets, bowyer tools.

SASE for brochure.  P.O. Box 584, Wells, TX 75976.  (409) 867-4515.  

Kip Hoffman.  Staves of ash, hackberry, red cedar, elm, hickory, red elm,

osage. Box 97, Alta Vista, KS 66834.  (913) 499-6328.

Kevin Wilson. Staves of Hickory, ash , maple, elm.  P.O. Box 439, Mc

Ewen, TN  37101.  (615) 582-3581.

Battle Bows.  Staves, kits and bows.  $2.00 for brochure.  P.O. Box 714.  

Harison, AR  72602.  (501) 741-8246.  

Woods Unusual.   Staves, handle risers.  $1.50 for catalogue.  P.O. Box

1722C, Hawaiian Gardens, CA 90716-0722.

Autumn Archer.  Staves.  10151 W. Asbury Ave., Lakewood, CO 80227. (303)

980-9434. Evenings and weekends.

Rick.  Yew billets and staves.  Call (208) 435-4508.

Vision Maker.  Hickory bow blanks.  SASE for list.  116 Mt. Carmel dr.,

Natchez, MS  39120.

Jim McCanney.  Staves of red elm, brown ash. P.O. Box 251, Wyoming, NM  


Exotic Hardwoods.  Osage orange staves.  4100 Spencer, Torrance, CA  

90503.  (310) 542-3576.




compiled from

Traditional Bowhunter & Primitive Archer Magazines

June 1994


Sir Jon Fitz-Rauf

Cherokee Bows and Arrows, by Al Herrin. 160 pages, 94  illustrations.

$14.95. White Bear Publishing, Dept TB, Rt 3, Box 172, Tahlequah OK,


The Art of Making Primitive Bows, by D.C. Waldorf.  $9.00 plus $2.00

shipping.  Free list of other archery books available.  Sylvan

Publications, P.O. Box 1315, Hamilton, MT 59840.

Traditional Bowyers Bible, vol. 1 $19.95, vol 2 $22.95, vol 3 $24.95.  

$3.50 shipping per order.  Bois dArc Press, P.O. Box 233, Azle TX, 76098.

(817) 237-0829.

Primitive Archer. Magazine with many excellent articles on self bow and

arrow making. 1 year for $14.00. P.O. Box 209, Lufkin, TX, 75902-0209.

(409) 632-8746.

Traditional Bowhunter.  Magazine with longbow and recurve information,

hunting and some how to articles. 1 year for $16.00. P.O Box 15583, Bosie

Idaho, 83715.  (208) 888-4710.

The Bent Stick.  By Paul Comstock.  40,000 word manual on making self

bows from common trees. $11.00.  Paula Comstock, P.O.Box 1102, OH, 43105.

Creative Media.  Video and manual on how to make a laminated longbow.  

Free info., 11358 Aurora, Des Monies, Iowa, 50322.  (515) 278-8213.

For the First Time Bowyer.  Information on self bow construction. $8.95

plus $2.00 shipping.  Bitter Creek Bow Works, P.O. Box 203, Lufkin, TX,


The Art of Making Indian Bows & Arrows.  By Phil Walking Elk. Covers the

construction of Indian self bows and Dogwood arrows.  $14.95 plus $2.00

shipping. Wolf Vision Publications, Box 6575, Norman  OK, 73070-6575.

Arrow Making by Paul Brunner.  Video covers construction of custom wood

and aluminum arrows, feather splicing.  $14.95 and $2.00 shipping.  

Stoney-Wolf Video Productions, P.O.BOX 459, Lolo, MT, 59847.  1- 800-


Traditional Bowhunters Crafts.  Video.  Covers creating quality wood

arrows, footing wood arrows, and crafting strings.  $25.95 plus $4.00

shipping.  Butlers Field Sports, 100 8th st., Evanston, WY, 82930. (309)


The Primitive Bow & Arrow.   Video and book. By John and Gerri

McPherson. Covers construction of self bows and dogwood arrows using only

simple tools.  Information on use of green wood in bow construction.  

$29.95 Ppd. Prairie Wolf, P.O. Box 96, Dept. TB, Randolph, KS 66554.


sirjon at sns.com  (John, R., Edgerton)


(510)623-8656 FAX (510)623-8652 DATA



Subject: ANST - Sources of Arrow Shafts

Date: Wed, 02 Dec 98 21:37:02 MST

From: "Bob Dewart" <gilli at seacove.net>

To: <ansteorra at Ansteorra.ORG>


With the war fast approaching, I know there are alot of people out there

getting ready to make arrow (well, I can hope, can't I!!).  For those of you

who may want to be a bit more traditional, here are two places I use for my

arrow shafts.


Stotler Archery

P.O.Box 516

Coquille, Oregon 97423

(541) 572-2225


Port Orford Cedar Shafts: 5/16; 11/32; 23/64;  30 1/2 and 32 inch lengths

Premium shafts  $.73 ea

Select shafts  $.58 ea.


They will sell in lots of 500


F/S Discount Archery2852 Walnut unit A

Tustin, CA 92780




Cedar or Chundoo Wood, Premium for the most part are $99.50 / 10 DZ.  some

sizes are more.


Chundoo Wood, Select  $67.50 / 10DZ.  These are the ones I use for combat

arrows.  Some are a little rough, but under the strapping tape it doesn't



Hope this helps.  See you at the arrow making parties or at the Kingdom War

Practise at Ravens Fort.





Date: Thu, 25 May 2000 20:10:12 MST

From: "Eadric Anstapa" <eadric at barley.scabrewer.com>

Subject: Re: ANST - Longbow String

To: <ansteorra at ansteorra.org>


> Can anyone recommend a good site for ordering Flemish Bow Strings for

> a Welsh Longbow?  I TRIED (several times) to get with Kingslayer

> Armory but haven't gotten ANY replies back from them in weeks.

> Ld Brennan


You can almost always get custom flemish twist strings in either dacron or

fastflight off of ebay for anywhere from $5-$8 each.  Sometimes they sell

them in lots of 2 or 3.  Shipping is usually $1.


You give them the AMO length of your bow, draw weight,  and the actual

length of the string (or send them an old one). They will twist you a

custom string in your choice of colors for the string bundles (typically 2

or 3 bundles in a string) and often you can get custom colors on the



There are about 10 auctions there right now with strings.  One of the guys

has a website at






Date: Fri, 26 May 2000 05:53:35 MST

From: Mike Andrews <mikea at mikea.ath.cx>

Subject: ANST - Re: Flemish bow strings for a longbow

To: ansteorra at ansteorra.org


"Joseph Bosko" <acrubray at earthlink.net> wrote:

> Can anyone recommend a good site for ordering Flemish Bow Strings for

> a Welsh Longbow?  I TRIED (several times) to get with Kingslayer

> Armory but haven't gotten ANY replies back from them in weeks.


> Ld Brennan


Three Rivers Archery (www.threeriversarchery.com) had the strings in

stock at reasonable prices, and (more importantly) has the materials

and tools in stock so that you can make your own. (I know, that's the

Laurel speaking). I strongly recommend the Flemish String Maker's

Jig for at least the first few strings. I've made Flemish strings in

B-50 Dacron and in flax; both work well, though the flax is less



The people are _very_ good to work with. If you're ever in the area

of Ashley, IN, stop by and drool.


My only relation with TRA, is that I buy things from them.


Mike Andrews / Michael Fenwick          Namron, Ansteorra

mikea at mikea.ath.cx



From: christopher roehr <lordkirkm at YAHOO.COM>

Date: January 13, 2010 8:11:02 PM CST

To: CALONTIR at listserv.unl.edu

Subject: Re: [CALONTIR] Archery/bows and arrows


--- On Wed, 1/13/10, mandrisa at gmail.com <mandrisa at GMAIL.COM> wrote:

<<< We are looking at buying one or more

bows and arrows for archery. My daughter prefers a more

traditional bow. Where would we find good quality ones

and/or what "brands" are we looking for?


Annette >>>


I would suggest checking out Three Rivers Archery [no relation to B3R], Elk Ridge Archery, or Rudderbows Archery.


Elk Ridge is the merchant who sets up across from the archery field at Lillies. If you want to go traditional I would look toward Elk Ridge. Three Rivers has a good selection for modern recurves and longbows but I'm not impressed with thier traditional(primative) selection. They are a good source for supplies.


I discovered Rudderbows Archery a few months back in my search for inexpensive, well made traditional equipment. They have a nice selection of longbows from the simple bows of hickory or ash to English Yew(expensive).


I'm currently using one of their English warbow look-a-alikes to test them out and so far I'm happy with the bow. It can take a couple months to get a bow from them though since their bows are made to order. The only stock they carry are from canceled orders.











To:    Gleann Abhann (mail list)<gleannabhann at yahoogroups.com>

Subject: Re: Looking for a bow and arrows

Posted by: "Gen" gendorleans at gmail.com gentiledorleans

Date: Thu Dec 3, 2009 5:36 am ((PST))


I suggest elk ridge archery.  their website is elkridgearchery.com I

believe...they are wonderful people...they are at gulf war every

year...fabulous. :)  my daughters all shoot with the hubby and I...and I get

all our stuff from them. :)  




On Wed, Dec 2, 2009 at 11:52 PM, Marixi <sushi.latte at yahoo.com> wrote:

<<< My 13 year old daughter would like to do archery. She's practiced with a

25# bow. I'd like to get her this for Christmas, but don't have a lot of

money to spend. Anyone have any ideas where I can find a period bow and

arrows that she could compete with?


Rosabella >>>



From: Matt Karr <tpk1990 at GMAIL.COM>

Date: January 13, 2010 8:28:32 PM CST

To: CALONTIR at listserv.unl.edu

Subject: Re: [CALONTIR] Archery/bows and arrows


I'll second the Rudderbows suggestion.  I have two longbows from them

that have worked well for the last few years.




On Wed, 2010-01-13 at 18:11 -0800, christopher roehr wrote:

I would suggest checking out Three Rivers Archery [no relation to B3R], Elk Ridge Archery, or Rudderbows Archery.



From: Michael DeStefano <gwydionmaurmatauc at YAHOO.COM>

Date: January 14, 2010 11:03:51 AM CST

To: CALONTIR at listserv.unl.edu

Subject: Re: [CALONTIR] Archery/bows and arrows


Woodbows.com   http://www.woodbows.com/products.html   is a good place for beginner bows. Be warned that the redoak linen backed longbows 'stack' pretty hard, which means it gets increasingly hard to pull back as you get to your fixed firing position. All bows stack some, but the 'D-bow' style {looks like a D when viewed sideways} that are the redoak & linen backed have been the worst in my experience.


Their bamboo backed hickory longbow on the other hand, while more expensive, is a much better bow {I got lucky & won a Kings Company competition one year with a 45# version}.


I have found that their redoak bows are not meant for the constant practice & competition shoots we put them through, having broke 2 within a year {they were replaced once free of charge - 1 year warranty}. But again, many are an inexpensive finished, ready to shoot starter bow. The flemish bowstring that comes with them needs twisted tighter constantly during the initial breakin period of the bow but more on that if you get one {Everyone will help you with that stuff}


Otherwise I echo the 3Riversarchery.com comments & recommendations. {I'm making an order for parts there today & will be ordering a bow from Woodbows later next week}





From: Vincent De Vere <vincent_devere at YAHOO.COM>

Date: January 14, 2010 12:55:47 PM CST

To: CALONTIR at listserv.unl.edu

Subject: Re: [CALONTIR] Archery/bows and arrows


And the Rudderbow floor tillered staves are cheap enough that you can buy a spare to "work on" during demo's and it can attract a lot of attention.  I bring my finished bow and my unfinished "demo bow" to every demo we do.  





From: Katherine Kretchmar <katriona07 at GMAIL.COM>

Date: January 14, 2010 2:24:42 PM CST

To: CALONTIR at listserv.unl.edu

Subject: Re: [CALONTIR] Archery/bows and arrows


I don't know how old your daughter is, but one of the things I really

like about Elk Ridge is that they have a wide range of kids'

equipment, and they have an exchange policy for kids' bows as they

grow.  Having been through that a couple of times, the exchange policy

is a wonderful thing!  They are also at both Lilies and Pennsic, which

means you can try them out.




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