azekeil: (archery)
Today [ profile] ev1ldonut and I helped out Cheltenham Archers on their 'have a go' pitch at Bredon School Fair. This was a day of life at a slower pace than I'm normally used to. It was quite a refreshing change. Although I did catch the sun a bit as I was caught unprepared, not expecting strong sunshine when the day started off grey, overcast and gently drizzling.

I did take some pictures of some of the various things at the fair )


Mar. 21st, 2008 10:29 pm
azekeil: (archery)
So after a day of all of us recuperating at home watching films and doing not a lot apart from boggling at the binary weather we went to the archery field. During the day we had wind, bright sun, a 3 minute blizzard, bright sun, wind, bright sun, and then just as we'd got ourselves together to get to the field we had a 10 minute hail storm. It was weird. We decided to go anyway as we guessed correctly that the weather would clear up before we got there. It was the first time for [ profile] ev1ldonut and myself but [ profile] kissycat1000 had been before. Anyway, I managed to shoot my bow! Quite reasonably! I even got a gold! (although that was mostly luck than judgement)

We discovered the groundskeeper had been and locked the gate so we couldn't get out. Luckily there was a way around by lifting a side gate off it's hinges to get through...

I'm hoping to persuade people they want to play Order of the Stick with me tomorrow at some point. Any other local people want to join in?

Oh, and this may or may not be the best thing evar. I intend to get one tomorrow but I may return it if it turns out to be rubbish for tea.
azekeil: (Default)
We went back today to finish off our bows. (See yesterday's post)

Pictures and details )

Now I just need to get some arrows and the leather bracer, tab or 3-fingered glove and hand protector to shoot it :) We've been asked to bring them tomorrow to archery and Roger will bring some arrows; it'll be the first opportunity I get to try to shoot mine :)
azekeil: (eeeeeeeee!)
Bowmaking is amazingly satisfying. It's like whittling x10. Except you also end up with a cool thing to do a social sport/hobby with.

Details and pictures )

The whole process has been really satisfying and very gratifying. I never believed I could really manually create something of such aesthetic beauty and functionality and to see it taking shape under my hands and the tutor's guidance is absolutely fantastic. I can't recommend it enough.

The process is also simple enough for us to help anyone else who wants to make their own longbows; let us know :)

March 2014



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