Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Shooting the Recurve!

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I just recently traded a website with the folks over at Angler's and Archer's for a new handmade recurve bow and boy lemme tell you, my shoulder hates me now. But what fun! I'm forcing myself to take a couple days off from shooting so I can recover but it's not easy!  Tom Dickinson makes these bows by hand from local cherry, walnut and hard maple and they are works of art. He also makes the bow string, cases, quivers, and arrows.

I tried six or so bows and decided on the recurve you see in the image. I've got alot of practicing to do but I've got a knack for it I think. My goal for the next 3 months is to to be able to put 80-90% of my arrows into a 7" circle from a variety of ranges. Thus far I've been shooting from 13-18 yards but would like to have accuracy up to 30 - 40 yards. I'm initially just working on having good form and building up strength in all the muscles involved. My intent is to shoot 60 arrows a day though I expect it will be a month or so before I can do that everyday. I'll work up to it.

I don't see myself hunting anytime soon but I'd like to be good enough that I could hunt if I needed to.

4 comments:

Sara said...

Ah, very cool! I had a few bows that my great-uncle gave me (he's a deer hunter), but somehow they were lost when I moved overseas. Your bow is absolutely beautiful, though!

denny said...

Thanks Sara!! Sorry to hear you lost yours. A good hand made bow really is like a piece of art!!

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Anonymous said...

hey denny,
my name is adam, and i'm biking around missouri checking out sustainability and permaculture projects, and would love to drop by and see what you are up to. shoot me an email at thanks_twins@yahoo.com... i'd love to help out with a project for a couple days..
thanks!