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The Quiver

A quiver is also very essential and there are many ways in which it may be made. The Indians made them of rawhide or buckskin, and sometimes used an entire fox, coon, or woodchuck skin with the fur, feet, and tail all left on. Figure 97 shows such a quiver. When making a quiver of leather or skin, or of any material for that matter, it is well to make the bottom of some soft wood to prevent pointed arrows from piercing the material. If leather is not at hand, use canvas. Paint it several coats and then ornament it with colored paints.



Paper mailing tubes make serviceable quivers. Get one of the lighter kind, anywhere from 2 to 4 in. in diameter, and after fitting a piece of wood into the bottom, fasten it with a row of nails tacked all the way around. See Figure 99. The length of the quiver should be such that about 1 in. of the arrow shaft shows below the feathers. The feathers should never touch the quiver.

Quivers made of a mailing tube should be given a few coats of shellac inside and outside. To shellac the inside, pour some into the open end of the quiver. Then revolve and tip it gradually, until the entire inner surface is covered. After the shellac is dry, cover the outside with dark oilcloth, auto-top material, or leatherette. This is fastened into place with glue. Attach loops to the quiver as shown in Figures 98, 99, and 100, and suspend it from a belt. It is best to use a separate belt and not hang it on the one used to hold up the trousers. The quiver should hang from the right hip, somewhat toward the rear. The separate belt is advisable because in going through the wood and brush, the position of the quiver must be changed frequently. An archer who is left-handed, of course, will carry his quiver on the left side. For target work where only six arrows are used, a small flat quiver made of leather or a small mailing tube is all that is necessary. Such a quiver is shown in Figure 100.


The archer who wants to carry his bow along on auto tours or camping trips, will want a bow case to protect the bow while it is in transit. A nick in the back of a bow may mean a broken bow. Bow cases usually are made of canvas or of duck. They should be waterproofed and made a little longer than the bows for which they are intended so that the end may be lapped over and tied, or pulled up with a drawstring. See Figure 101.