There is magic that happens when an arrow is loosed and sent on its journey to meet its mark.

The feeling that occurs in those moments from release to destination is captivating, addicting. It is a moment of anticipation relieved by the arrival of an arrow.

I like that archery is a discipline, there aren’t many shortcuts here and the tale is told with every arrow nocked, it is also more. It is history, lore, craft, technology and the people that choose to involve themselves.

My life outside of archery is not uncommon. I am married, have two great boys and live in a semi-rural town in Maine. I work with boats and the folks who own them. I am a sailor, play chess, cook and like to write.

I’ve been lucky to take my family on some adventures and although life seems so completely busy all the time I would like to do more.

Thank you for stopping by this blog and sharing the fun.

Best, Charles Lopez

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  1. Very Nice! I enjoyed your site and appreciate that you don’t take everything to seriously. After 34 years of compound bowhunting I developed a terrible case of target panic that I gave up archery all together, for a year. I decided to try traditional since the mechanics are so different. So far, so good. I have been totally enjoying it for a couple months now. Like yourself, I have history that go back to some of the pioneers of archery. My father worked at Magnavox in Urbana IL back in the late 60’s. He worked with a guy named Pete Shepley that had a garage shop. That is where I got my first real wood recurve at the age of 8 or 9. My parents enjoyed recreational archery and that’s how it started for me. As you know, Pete Shepley is now the owner of PSE archery. I feel like I have made a full circle in the archery world and am looking forward to the 2012 deer season.
    Thanks again for the site,
    Steve Cutter
    Fort Wayne, IN

  2. Steve, thanks so much for your comment. Small world having had your father work with Pete Shepley, it is interesting how many folks have connections to archery and its past, I am very interested in that world because my father was so into it in the 60’s and 70”s and its a connection to the ol’ man. Best to you, have a great season.

  3. I finally get here after months of cursorily knowing that you were into archery and it’s a great read! It’s cool that you imagine yourself as the arrow instead of the shooter. I always saw this as a shooter’s thing but imagining yourself as the hurling arrow is super human good and I totally get it better. Like skeeball for me haha. I always imagined myself as that wooden ball hurling into the back 2 score rings and it was Delicious!

  4. I ought to incorporate more “Delicious” into my life and archery.. come to think of it, it may just be the missing link.

  5. Dear Charles hi,
    I am Canan from TURKEY. I liked your blog very much. I want to help on a topic. I will buy olympic bow in USA. Can you give me info about archery store?

  6. Hey Charles! i saw on archerytalk that u are selling the bb riser!
    i dont have a login to the archerytalk, and could not do a registration eather. if the riser is still avalible, i would appriciate if you could send me a mail, so we can discuss if its possible to ship the riser to Sweden ;)…

    • Hello Linus, I’ve just sold it pending funds. Sorry we couldn’t have worked something out. I’ll let you know if it falls through.

      Best, Charles

      • Ahh sorry to hear that. you know i have waited about 4 month on a bb riser from altservices… and when i saw this add, with jaeger grip and everything i saw a strim of light hehe.. but if it should not go through you know who to contacy :).

  7. Charles,

    I enjoyed looking through your blog, I’m returning to archery after the loss of my club’s field archery range in the mid-eighties caused me to just drift away from it.

    A few months ago, grand niece (seven) and a grand nephew (nine) ended my long hiatus. They have bows now, and a dozen cedar arrows each half fluflu with blunts / half vanes with field points; these should hold them for a while. But boy have things changed, there’s an internet now, and people speaking in tongues about archery concepts unknown and unknowable. Actually, I’m having fun edging my way back up the learning curve.

    I noticed in your archery gear in “small places” post photos what appears to be a side quiver (black with a blue strap). I’ve been thinking such a quiver would be ideal for the kids, incorporating ready access, excellent arrow protection, and a built in storage capability. Did you purchase this (if so, from whom), or make it (if so, of what materials)?


    • Hello Dennis,

      Thanks for your comment and welcome back to Archery, nice that you can share it with the youngsters. The quiver that you see in the picture is one I built from PVC. I plugged one end and cut the opening on the side so I could remove arrows easily. I wrapped the outside and inside in canvas, glued on and lashed in rings so I could add a strap. I use this quiver for stumping with my trad gear. Not original in my part, I saw pictures on the internet and dedicated a weekend to making one for myself.

      As far as purchasing one, the guy you want is Jason from Rasher Quivers http://rasherquivers.com/, you can also of course purchase one of the many available quivers through your local shop or Lancaster Archery.

      Thanks for stopping by the site.

      Best, Charles

  8. Hey Charles! I was fascinated to see the photos and comments on your father hunting Isla de Mona. I have hunted there three times myself and may be going back. I never realized that anyone hunted there with traditional bows other than the guys in my group. Do you by chance know of any traditional bowhunters in Puerto Rico or from there that would be interested in hunting Mona?

    • Hi Richard, Great to hear of others that hunt Mona with Traditional gear. I don’t know of any bowhunters in Puerto Rico but my father will be delighted about you and your group.

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