Arrow Building Forum
With Jim Shanks
About Jim Shanks
I had never heard of Jim prior to the 1996 PBS Biennial Gathering.
There was an arrow building competition there, and later, the
arrows were auctioned off. I kept bidding on three arrows - absolutely
remarkable. They were pure works of art - multi-spliced with
various woods, straight, and finished to perfection. Of the three
arrows, two were made by Jim Shanks. I bid on those arrows, and
finally had to give up when the bidding on his arrows went above
the two hundred dollar mark!
It wasn't until sometime later that I began to see Jim's name
pop up on the Bowsite Bulletin Board and I got an idea. So I
sent Jim an E-mail and the rest is history. Very few people I
know can do things with arrows like he can, and I'm sure glad
he has agreed to share his knowledge with us here at The Stickbow.
Topics here in the arrow
I have bowhunted for the last 25 years,
but have only been making wood arrows for the past 15 years.
Since I live in Western Colorado, I probably have more knowledge
about suppliers and fletchers in the west. If I mention specific
suppliers or manufacturers I do not mean to slight anyone, it
is just that these are people who I am familiar with. I don't
claim to be all-knowing in this field and I expect that I will
learn quite a bit from others and will update the articles accordingly.......Jim