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mymodernmet:

Photographer Bobby-Jo Clow found herself face-to-face with a cheetah cub who approached her Landrover while on safari at the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania. She documented the curious cat’s looks of wonder and trepidation at the vehicle and its passengers.

Target arrow commission for another SCA friend. She’s a beginner, so she requested plastic nocks. They are a simple design, but still quite pretty IMO.

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I connected some dots tonight when I unwrapped a particularly fresh batch of arrow shafts.

I connected some dots tonight when I unwrapped a particularly fresh batch of arrow shafts.

crispyfishsticks:

 

I don’t often reblog from my snake account but this is important.  I’ve been looking forward to this show for months but will be working a convention in Sacramento that weekend so unfortunately I won’t be able to be there.  I encourage anyone in the Texas area to go and support this effort, though.  It’s going to be an awesome event with tons of amazing animals and no doubt a great opportunity to brush shoulders with some of the older, more experienced herpers in the industry.  


I need to check my calendar because I really want to go.

crispyfishsticks:

 

I don’t often reblog from my snake account but this is important.  I’ve been looking forward to this show for months but will be working a convention in Sacramento that weekend so unfortunately I won’t be able to be there.  I encourage anyone in the Texas area to go and support this effort, though.  It’s going to be an awesome event with tons of amazing animals and no doubt a great opportunity to brush shoulders with some of the older, more experienced herpers in the industry.  

I need to check my calendar because I really want to go.

I recently finished this commission. These arrows feature fletch splicing, cresting, silk thread wrapping, and painted ermine spots in the cresting.

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So I logged back into tumblr after a couple months and discovered that my blue arrows have over 1000 notes.

Well, that explains where all those Russians liking my facebook page came from. I was terribly confused since I don’t know any Russians.

I’m excited that people love my arrows so much! Yes, the owner of these arrows shoots them :D

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Leather Owl by Goshawk
My first attempt at leather tooling! A friend taught me and it is fun!

Leather Owl by Goshawk

My first attempt at leather tooling! A friend taught me and it is fun!

Woven cotton cords for use as hair ties, bracelets, or however else you see fit. They make fun and unique accessories.

I weave each one by hand. I like how I can play with color and pattern with these cords.

For sale in my etsy shop, West Tower Fletching and Crafts

My new personal set of arrows, numbered in order of spine stiffness. The stain and paint are acrylic and the shafts are sealed with shellac. The self-nocks are cut and shaped by hand, as are the spliced fletches. The thread I used to wrap the fletches is linen waxed with beeswax. 

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Embroidered mug cover I made for myself to use at SCA events….. finally. I got really tired of bugs dying in my drinks. All that’s left are the beads to weigh down the corners.

7.5” x 7.5” DMC cotton floss on linen fabric, all hand-done

Embroidery I did for an epic SCA baronial project. Chain stitch, stem stitch, satin stitch, backstitching, and couching.

Artisans of my barony embroidered the devices of all the past and present reigns of Ansteorra and then stitched them onto handsewn linen cloaks. Once the website for the project is up I’ll share the link. I wish I could have helped out with it more, but hey, I was able to do something :D

I’m working on a banner for use at  SCA archery ranges and I have reached the creepy phase where the figures have skin and irises but no facial features! 

I’m working on a banner for use at  SCA archery ranges and I have reached the creepy phase where the figures have skin and irises but no facial features! 

My most recent arrow commission. The gradient stain was done with layered acrylic and the shafts were sealed with shellac. I also did custom coloring on the fletches with acrylic paint. The thread wrapping is real silk.

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Custom Target Arrow Pricing

West Tower Fletching and Crafts

Considering commissioning me for a custom set of arrows? Here is my price list for the usual custom options. 

If you have additional ideas not listed here (gradient stain/paint, alternative tips, painted designs) message me to talk. Simple arrows can be finished a week after I recieve the supplies. Fancier arrows take longer. Shipping to you is not included in the prices.  

Please note that ensuring the correct spine weight is ultimately the archer’s responsibility. If you are uncertain, talk to an archery marshal (SCA folks) or visit a local archery shop for advice.

Also note that shaft diameter, tip weight, and fletch profile & length are matters of personal preference.

Prices of arrow supplies have increased recently. Part of the reason is that, since commercial turkey feather quality had decreased, full-length feathers have gotten shorter. Shafting prices have also increased. I wish I could afford to buy in bulk, but I can’t, so I’m going to have to increase the base price of my arrows. I refuse to sell arrows with fletches at wonky angles and nocks that aren’t properly aligned with the grain (I received some of those before I started making my own arrows). If a fletch comes out of the fletching jig weird, I strip it off and re-do it. It costs time, but giving a customer something that is not up to my standards is unacceptable. I base my prices on a $10 per hour rate (price sheet coming soon). If the total supply cost for a dozen arrows (including shipping to me) is about $75, you can see how my previous price of $85 for a dozen arrows might not be adequate compensation. 

Send me a message if you are interested in commissioning me.

What I need to know: the options you want, what colors you’d like (highly customizable), desired shaft spine weight, tip weight (in grains), desired arrow length, desired shaft diameter, desired fletch shape, desired fletch colors, desired fletch length, and anything else you want or any questions you have. 

Base Price ———————————————- $95 per dozen arrows
- Port-Orford cedar is standard. Ask for other woods (other options may be more or less expensive).
- un-decorated shaft
- cut to your specified length
- three solid color fletches up to 
- plastic nocks installed
- field points installed
- sealed shafts 

Weight Matched ———————————— + $5 per dozen arrows
- +/- 5 grains
- Port-Orford cedar only (I can’t afford to buy in bulk) 

Barred Fletches ————————————- $3.75 per dozen fletches 

Shaft Stain/Paint ———————————- $10 per dozen arrows
- paint is usually acrylic because of cost and more historical look
- lots of options for stains 

Crowning Paint ————————————— $5 per dozen arrows 

Cresting Paint 
- single color ———————————————- $10 per dozen arrows
- each additional color —————————— + $3 per dozen arrows

 

Self Nocks ————————————————- $15 per dozen arrows 

Thread Wrapped Fletches ——————- $30 per dozen arrows
- synthetic, linen, or artificial sinew
- silk ———————————————————— + $4 per dozen arrows

Fletch Splicing —————————————- $2 single spliced fletching per dozen fletches
- multiple splices on one fletch ————— $3 per additional splice (for a dozen fletches)
- example: cock feather with four splices =  + $11 to total price for the dozen arrows

I finally decided on a name for my crafting business:
West Tower Fletching and Crafts 
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These five new hairrows are for sale in my etsy shop! 

Other things I’m planning on adding to my shop include medieval hoods, beaded and/or feathered hair sticks, feather hat pins, and other fun things.

An exciting thing I have on my facebook page is a price guide for target arrows! I’ll post it here as well. Like me on facebook and keep up with what I’m doing.