This past weekend, my big boy, my eldest, turned six. There was absolutely no hesitation about what we wanted to give him for his special day...he is obsessed with bow and arrows. And while I took a peek at some store-bought bow and arrow sets, there was no question we wanted to make him his own.
My husband made the bow (ponderosa pine and larch) and four simple arrows, using feathers from a grouse he hunted with a sling and shot a few years ago. He also used some feathers from an old family friend's parrot (?) and foraged goose.
I was excited, though a little intimidated, to make him a real quiver. When I began, a few weeks ago, I had no idea the carrier for the arrows that archers wear slung on their backs is called a quiver. A nine year old boy told me this after I had gone to see his folks about some hide to make the quiver. I finally found some buffalo hide that was 1/4" thick...tough stuff, for sure. Around here, the Native American Church is a pretty big deal, so I was grateful for the generosity of tools and tips from a few friends.
These are the equipment and tools you will need:
Next, measure your leather. I wanted a quiver for my six year old, so I cut a piece that was 17" long x 12.5" wide.
After cutting through the hide, I used a ruler to make pencil marks 1/4" in from the edge, 1/2" apart along three sides for where I wanted to punch the holes for lacing. Being precise makes a more polished look.
Next came the tricky part, attaching the strap which I decided to attach before doing any of the lacing. I cut a belt to 25".
Above you can see two 1 1/2" slits I cut to insert the strap. The bottom slit is 3" above the edge while the top slit is 1" down. I punched four holes into the strap and into the hide at each slit. Then I slipped the strap into both slits and sewed them down with the sinew, which is unbelievably strong.
I used a yogurt container to make the template for the circular bottom piece of the quiver. I stuffed it into the bottom end and simply cut off what was sticking out.
And my six year old...how did he like it all? Well, let's just say it was a definate bull's-eye!