~Leatherworking~

I offer some leatherworking services as well. I have made alot of items for re-enactors, sport shooters, and hunters and have gotten requests for arm-guards, quivers, etc.. I enjoy woodworking as well as leatherworking and will do leather items upon request. All of my leather items are hand-cut and hand-sewn.

~Finger Tabs~

Archery which uses recurve and longbows typically requires finger and arm protection. Traditional archers used a "finger tab" or "shooting glove" to protect their fingers from skin burn. They also use leather armguards to protect the forearm from skin burn.

These photos show the typical finger tabs I hand cut. As there is not much space on them and they are of supple leather (usually buck or doe skin) I don't do any tooling on them.

Finger tabs are usually single or double hole. I prefer a single hole style as that is what I have always used. The finger tab below shows the wear and tear of 15 years of use and in excess of 75,000 shots. I retired it about 10 years ago but still have it in my shoulder quiver.

Making your own finger tab is easy and fun. Simply acquire a piece of supple leather (an old coat or purse works as well as newly purchased buckskin) and draw a design out on it. Use some sharp scissors to cut it out and you are set to go shooting. I suggest trying both single and double hole designs to see what you are most comfortable with.

~Armguards~

Armguards are easy to make as well. If you measure your wrist and upper forearm diameters and take a half inch off you will get the measurements necessary to make your own armguard. Measure from the fold of your writ up ot your elbow and take off 2-4 inches, depending if you have short or long forearms. then it is as simple as laying the measurements out on your leather piece and cutting the armguard out.Using an awl or leather punch you will need to punch holes along the long side of the armguard so you can run lacing through it to tie the armguard on. The photos below will give you an idea. You can use simple holes, metal gussets, or loop and button to close your armguard.

To give you an example of what an armguard is designed to protect, here are a couple of "skinburn' photos showing extensive skinburn and bruising from string slap on the arm.

From my personal perspective I think such injury is unnecessary, even without an armguard. By using proper form/stance when shooting your bow there should be no string slap whatsoever. However, the excitement of shooting and feeling your bow release time after time often overcomes the slight pain associated with skinburn and brusing. It is not until the next day that you really begin to understand what the injury entails. These are photos archers have sent me when ordering armguards in the past.

~Quivers~

A good quiver is an integral part of being an archer. When shooting targets or clout, the side quiver is the best choice. For hunting the usual choice is the shoulder or back quiver, allowing the archer to avoid entangling a side quiver when walking through brush and trees and allowing for fast retrieval of arrows for successive shots.

The above designs are pieces I have made. Some I still have in my collection. If you are interested in a particular piece shown above let me know and I will send you a price. If you would like to design your own piece, please feel free to send me the size and shape and I will send you some prices based on current wood costs.

Craig

craig@yeoldecustomwood.com