Custom Strings for Compound Bows
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Custom Strings for Compound Bows

August 19, 2019


LITTLE MORE INTO IT. SINCE ARCHERY SEASON IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER, THERE’S NO DOUBT BOW HUNTERS ALL ACROSS DELMARVA ARE DUSTING OFF THE COMPOUNDS AND TAKING A FEW SHOTS. ONE THING TO DO TO GET THE BOW IN TOP SHOOTING SHAPE IS TO GET IT RE-STRUNG, AND MANY ARCHERS ARE CHOOSING TO GO THE CUSTOM ROUTE. IN AN ATTIC ABOVE HIS GARAGE, BART SHORTALL MAKES CUSTOM BOW STRINGS. AND IN THE DAYS LEADING UP TO THE OPENING DAY OF ARCHERY SEASON, HE MAKES A LOT OF THEM. IT SEEMS LIKE AS SOON AS THE CORN GETS HIGH PEOPLE REMEMBER THAT OH DARN I’VE GOT TO PUT A NEW STRING ON MY BOW, OR I NEED ARROWS OR WHATEVER. SO ONCE PEOPLE SEE THAT IT KIND OF SPARKS IN THEIR HEAD. AND WHEN THE SPIKE HAPPENS THIS TIME OF YEAR THE ORDERS WILL TRICKLE IN AND ALL OF A SUDDEN IT JUST GOES UP AND STAYS UP UNTIL NOVEMBER LIKE RIGHT BEFORE THE RUT LUCKY FOR ME. LUCKY FOR ARCHERS, BART IS NOW DOING THIS AS A FULL TIME JOB, ALTHOUGH HE’S NEVER REALLY CONSIDERED IT A TASK. IT WAS A HOBBY RIGHT UP UNTIL 2012 I THINK IS WHEN I WENT FULL TIME. AND I KIND OF WANT TO SAY IT’S STILL A HOBBY BECAUSE IT’S FUN YOU KNOW IT’S STILL FUN I ENJOY COMING IN HERE EVERYDAY GETTING STARTED CREATING STUFF. IF YOU HAPPEN TO TALK TO HIM FOR MORE THAN A FEW SECONDS, YOU DEFINITELY GET THE IDEA THIS IS MORE THAN A REGULAR NINE TO FIVE. IT’S A LOT OF FUN. I ALWAYS WANTED TO BE AN ARTIST BUT I WASN’T TALENTED ENOUGH SO THIS KIND OF MAKES UP FOR IT. MICHAELANGELO HE MAY NOT BE, BUT WHEN IT COMES TO MAKING CUSTOM BOW STRINGS, BART SHORTALL IS AN ARTISAN IN A DIFFERENT CATEGORY. THIS IS A FLAG COLOR THAT’LL LOOK FAMILIAR TO YOU. THE ORIOLES PINSTRIPES HAVE BEEN A HIT, RAVENS PINSTRIPES. WE GET UNIVERSITY OF DELAWARE COLORS, REQUESTS FOR DIFFERENT FOOTBALL TEAMS. THIS IS PINSTRIPING, UH IT’S FLURESCENT YELLOW, BUCKSKIN WITH A BLACK PINSTRIPE, SO IN BETWEEN EACH COLOR IS BLACK PINSTRIPE. WHILE CREATING BOW STRINGS AND CABLES IS A DETAILED UNDERTAKING FOR A CENTURIES OLD WEAPON, TODAY’S COMPOUND BOWS ARE ANYTHING BUT ANCIENT. BART MAKING STRINGS IF THAT ISN’T CHALLENGING COMPOUND BOWS ARE ANYTHING BUT ANCIENT. BART MAKING STRINGS IF THAT ISN’T CHALLENGING ENOUGH, ADD TO IT THE FACT THAT THERE ARE PROBABLY THOUSANDS OF BOWS OUT THERE, EACH REQUIRING SOMETHING A LITTLE DIFFERENT. 2 CAMS, BINARY CAMS, AND HYBRID ALL HAVE A SHOOTING STRING AND 2 CABLES. THIS BOW IS A SINGLE CAM SO IT’S GOT ONE LONG STRING. STARTS HERE, COMES ALL THE WAY BACK TERMINATES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE CAM. AND THEN IT’S GOT ONE CABLE. I LOOK AT IT THIS WAY, EVERY YEAR THERE’S STUFF TO LEARN, EVERY YEAR A DIFFERENT SYSTEM COMES OUT. AND EVERY YEAR MORE SPECS ARE ADDED TO BART’S NEVERENDING LIBRARY OF BOW STRING STATS. THERE ARE JUST THOUSAND AND THOUSANDS OF BOWS OUT THERE THAT YOU NEED NOT ONLY THE PROPER LENGTHS, BUT YOU NEED TO KNOW WHERE THE SERVING LOCATIONS GO. SINCE THESE ARE ATTIC-OVER-GARAGE MADE STRINGS AS OPPOSED TO FACTORY MADE STRINGS, AND MADE BY A HUNTER AND TARGET ARCHER, YOU CAN TAKE IT TO THE BANK THAT YOU’RE GETTING SOME OF THE BEST STRINGS IN THE BIZ. I HAVE THE LUXURY OF BEING ABLE TO TWIST THINGS UP AND THEN GO OUTSIDE AND TEST IT AND MAKE ADJUSTMENTS TO MAKE ME A BETTER STRING MAKER. SO THERE’S A BENEFIT TO BEING A HUNTER, TARGET SHOOTER AND A STRING MAKER. AND BART DOESN’T FORSEE HANGING EITHER OF THEM UP ANYTIME SOON. I THINK THE APPEAL FOR BOW HUNTING IS THE CHALLENGE, AND ARCHERY’S FUN YOU CAN GO OUT SHOOT A BUNCH OF ARROWS IN THE BACK YARD, IT’S A STRESS RELIEF AS LONG AS I CAN PULL THE BOW BACK AND SIT IN THE TREESTAND I’M GONNA BOW HUNT. IT’S FUN. I WANT PEOPLE TO BENEFIT FROM HAVING GOOD QUALITY CUSTOM STRINGS. BART SHORTALL SAYS HE ALWAYS WANTED TO BE AN ARTIST. AND WHILE HE MAY NOT BE CREATING STATUES, OR PAINTINGS, OR GREAT WORKS OF ART, WE THINK IT’S SAFE TO CONSIDER BART SHORTALL THE MICHAELANGELO OF

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