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Chapter VI

Part 15 of 15


"When arrows break off at the point, the only remedy is to send them to a manufacturer to be repointed. Unless the points are knurled in place they will not stay and it requires special machinery to do this work. Where a footed arrow is broken off at the point, it can be repaired by taking the old footing off and gluing on a new one. This must be done by the manufacturer. Where a break in the shaft occurs and is not too short, it can be repaired with Duco Household Cement. Put the cement on both broken pieces and rub together until they fit each other snugly. Wrap the arrow tightly with a string or coarse thread, beginning below the break and continuing well above it. Wrap each end of the crack closely. In an hour remove the wrapping and sand paper the surplus cement smooth. If necessary, a permanent serv­ing of fine thread can be put on and covered with Duco Cement. An arrow that is split by being hit in the nock by another arrow can be repaired in the same way. In such cases be sure that your wrapping is very tight around the nock portion, for otherwise you may find the mended arrow so large in the nock that it will not fit the bowstring. If your arrows have horn nocks, these are easily replaced by the manufacturer at trifling cost.

"Whenever you have mended an arrow in the above manner, be sure to sight down it and see that it is straight before the glue hardens. If it is not straight, it can usually be bent into position. If you wait until the glue is dry, it will have a permanent set that can not be removed."


"Where too much oil is used in painting the target faces, arrows frequently become coated with paint from the target that is very unsightly and spoils an otherwise attractive shaft. This can be removed with cleaning fluid or gasoline and a coarse wool rag. Very fine steel wool or Brillo can also be used. Ordinary floor wax makes a good polish for lacquered or varnished bows and arrows. White shellac can be used to refinish almost any arrow, but caution should be observed in painting over the crest with this as it may cause some paints to run. Keep your arrows in good clean condition as a mark of respect for the sport. Dirty equipment will arouse a feeling of disgust."


"The making of new target faces has been previously de­scribed. These are so easy to turn out that there is no excuse for disreputable looking and worn out target faces. If new faces are not purchased from the manufacturer, they can be made by the wax crayon method or with colours ground in Japan and pure turpentine. Add about a teaspoonful of varnish to a quart of turpentine to make the colour stick better in the rain. The shades employed must be pastel in tone. Dark colours are unattractive and make it difficult to see arrows in the target at a distance."


"Loose targets can be tightened up but this is most distinctly a job for the horny handed, and even they had better wear gloves during the process. Begin at the centre of the target and pull the string tight. Work around ring by ring, cutting off the string and retying it when it becomes so long as to be unwieldy. This is a slow process but you will be rewarded by having a target that is almost as tight as new.

"Soft Celotex wall board cut into a four-foot circle can be used on the back of very loose targets and will give them a new lease on life."


"It is impossible to repair broken bowstrings. The only thing that can be done for a string is to keep the serving in good condi­tion and to see that the bow nocks are smooth and properly formed. Aluminum arrow nocks sometimes cut the bowstring. A fine jeweler's file can be used to smooth down the sharp corners of these nocks."