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The bow and arrow have been intimately associated with the human race during much of its march of progress through the ages, in warfare, the hunt, and the field of sport. Archery, once the pastime of kings and the pride of yeomen, is rich in tradition and has been immortalized in song and story.

Practically every nation once used the bow and arrow, and, coupled as they are with many stirring and epoch—making events in history, the urge to use them is latent in most of us—a heritage handed down from our forefathers through the centuries. It is not surprising, therefore, that today archery is a popular and rapidly growing pastime. It is a sport engaged in by the young and old of both sexes in practically all walks of life. Nationally known public officials, bank presidents, doctors, lawyers, artists, musicians, artisans, boy and girl scouts, college students and faculty, and many others are numbered among its devotees. At present there are about one hundred and fifty archery clubs scattered over the country. Most of them are affiliated with a parent body, the National Archery Association of the United States, and abide by its rules in tournament shooting. The industry that caters to the needs of archers in supplying finished bows and arrows or the raw material required by those who prefer to make their own tackle is growing rapidly in this country and at present numbers over sixty establishments.

Bows and arrows as used in the early centuries varied widely in their make-up. Those of primitive people were doubtless extremely crude and far removed from the splendid weapons of the English yeoman and the Asiatic races. Fine bows and arrows as made today, even though they have no place in modern warfare, call for the highest quality of raw material obtainable, the greatest care in its handling and seasoning, and the ultimate in skill and precision of manufacture.