I have teamed up with Marc Grady of:- The Longbow Emporium – near Hereford http://www.longbowemporium.co.uk/index.html – to make leather archery gear for him.
Marc is a master Bowyer and has so many longbows to make he does not have the time to complete the leatherwork he is asked to make, so has invited me to help fill the void.
It was clear that I had to have my own style to differentiate and to offer an alternative to the archery community. By their nature the longbow community are traditionalists so nothing avant-garde and I wanted to exploit my interest in wood, Yew in particular, as this has strong resonance with traditional archers.
With the points of the arrows ruining many quivers the first prototype incorporated a wooden base which Marc now turns in Yew for the quiver and drinks holder whilst I am making the gussets for the belt pouch.
Those that know me will understand my reluctance to dye leather when I am selling items due to the patchy results. I therefore asked Alan Crack from AA crack and Sons (http://www.aacrack.co.uk/catalogue.asp?page=home) to recommend a suitable leather available in both 2-2.5mm and 3.5-3.6mm, matching colours and with some character – He came up with his Stevadore range which I am delighted with and has a great range of colours and fantastic character.
I have spent the last 3 days making a set of samples for Marc all from the same leather (colour – Conker) but photographed with varying light hence the colour discrepancies.
The range will have a name soon – Maybe ‘Woodland End Range’ and initially will be available in a colour I am calling Conker.
Any feedback – much appreciated?
For ease of transport the whole collection is contained in the Archers Bag which will be made the correct size to house the Quiver (600mm) if required and of matching leather. Making it long enough for arrows is a little unwieldy at some 850mm but if you insist it can be done. See separate arrow case further down.
and in more detail:-
A poly prop tube encased in the same leather as the quiver. Adjustable shoulder strap which holds the lid securely and prevents it getting lost. Made to measure length from 28-34″ and priced at £300-£350. Holds 12 arrows comfortably.
Belt and Belt Hook
A matching belt enhances any quiver and the optional belt hooks can be used for all manner of additional items you may wish to carry.
Pocket and/or Belt Quiver
Bespoke score card pad with perforated sheets to tear off and store in the pocket at the back.
Has ring to hang from standard belt hook but is not supplied with one.
Belt Pouch with Yew sides.
Big enough for iphone 5, tabs, pencil, etc — can be made different sizes to order.
Drinks Holder / Belt Pouch
This is still the prototype – it will have a turned base the same as the Quiver in due course and the optional lid will have the same which turns the cup holder into a novel belt pouch if you prefer.