Archery fun


This summer Ed & I each bought a recurve bow for target shooting.

We picked up some bales of straw from our son-in-law and stacked them in the center of one of the seldom used path/roads through a stand of trees on a friend’s property. A livestock grain bag serves as a target.

Stringing the bow using a handy gadget.
We both had lost our touch for shooting an arrow. I struggled to regain the feel though within a few shots Ed was hitting the target. My arrows were randomly all over the bales of straw with one or two, (who counts?) sailing over the bales. Fortunately the feathers made them easy enough to find in the grassy path.


That’s the closest we’ll ever come to shooting at animals. We have no desire to hunt, only to shoot inanimate targets.

Our daughter-in-law shot her first deer yesterday using her compound bow. MJ and our son. JJ have been avidly bow-hunting for the past few years but one has to be very stealthy and skilled to get one with an arrow. JJ has managed to keep his family supplied with the meat they eat every year for they like the healthy, non-processed aspect of wild game. He’s been successful a few times with his bow but most years he resorts to using a rifle after bow season.

Once I stopped trying so hard, perhaps old muscle memory began to resurface, shooting an arrow started feeling more natural again.


It may be Spring before the bows and arrows get much use aiming at plastic targets.



Author: Wanda J

I never dreamed my life would be entangled with fiber and the tools used to produce fibery items. When I bought a boat shuttle used in weaving Ed looked at it, decided to make a better one and the rest is history. For a decade he made shuttles, crochet hooks, knitting needles, until his spindles became so popular that he had to devote his time to making them, as well as Walking Wheels. Free time is spent reading, trying to coax food from the ground, and playing in the creek near our place. I love long walks and camping far from crowds. Playing a fiddle beside a stream or with good friends brings sweetness to my soul. Sundays are set aside for worshiping God with our small Quaker meeting.

2 thoughts on “Archery fun”

  1. You two look fantastic with those bows in hand! We did some “Art”chery at summer camp the last few years. We would attach a paper towel to the tip of the arrow with a rubber band. Dip the covered tip into paint and shoot at a poster board target. You can get some great art work that way…and improve your aim, trying to get the paint where you want it to go!

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