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Arrow rests may be made of a variety of wood, fiber, brass, horn, or aluminum. All edges on the rest should be rounded off smoothly so as not to damage the shaft or the feathers.
At tournaments or any target shooting, there are various ways of carrying the arrows. A careful examination of the illustration forming the chapter head on page 5 shows that each of the first four men has a different way of doing so. The third man from the left uses the wire arrow holder or ground quiver shown in Figure 124. When the archer is ready to walk to the target, the bow is hung by the string over the hook shown at A in Figure 124. It is a better method than laying the bow on the damp grass or on the ground where it may be stepped on. The first and fourth men shown in this illustration, carry their arrows in the hip and side pockets of their trousers. If this latter method is used, it is well to line the pockets with leather in order to protect them against wear.
A piece of equipment frequently noticed at tournaments is the arrow case. Almost every archer has one. and many of them display the skill, patience, and ingenuity expended upon them by their makers. In these cases are carried the arrows, spare strings, wax, extra tips, glue, cement, finger stalls, arm guard, etc. They also frequently contain the picturesque little hat with its feather which some archers wear and which adds color to the tournaments. These arrow cases have racks, each of which can hold 6 arrows, as shown in Figure 125. The space at the ends is used for holding the other items enumerated before. These boxes are usually made 8 in. square, from 30 to 36 in. long. Thin plywood is used for the sides, top. and bottom, the ends being of thicker wood.
Some of these cases are stained and varnished, some are painted and some are covered with leather or auto-top material. Metal corners are used on some of the cases, and the covers are closed with hasps or auto-trunk latches. They are equipped with a handle for carrying and some are protected with special locks. Many archers make arrow cases strong enough to serve as seats while watching others shoot.
Figure 126 is a wiper made of wool yarn which is seen frequently at tournaments and at archery golf. It hangs from the belt and is used to wipe mud or moisture from the arrows.
There are times when the things needed for making arrows are not at hand. One can readily make them, however, by using whatever shafts are available, such as dried willow or ash shoots, or doweling; and for fletching, the tail feathers of pigeons, chickens, ducks, or wild birds.
Figure 127 shows how these emergency arrows may be fletched. Two feathers, for each arrow, are trimmed, as shown at a, Figure 127, with shears or knife. The ends of the feathers are then tied to the nock end as shown at b. The feathers are then carefully bent over and wrapped as shown at c.
To finish off such emergency arrows, char the points of the shafts, or wrap them with wire. Such arrows, while inexpensive, will be found to be serviceable and to fly very nicely.