Bamboo Arrow University2020-04-28T12:16:03-05:00

WELCOME TO BAMBOO ARROW UNIVERSITY

Todd Mathis shooting bamboo arrows

TODD MATHIS

Professional Arrow Maker

Most of us have experienced the frustration of trying to find good advice on how to make great wooden arrows that work for us. I certainly never found good advice on ANY wooden arrow by calling the usual places. Heck, I often got bad advice on carbon arrows! When I called a wooden arrow maker, typically calls weren’t returned and when I called back I often found an irascible fellow who wouldn’t explain much and knew little or nothing about bamboo arrows. Being dependent on such a process can only lead to disappointment. As a custom arrow maker, I can only make so many good matching arrows in a week. But I do sell the highest quality bamboo and heads too. It is simply good business to show archers how to make great arrows. I Hope this website empowers you to finally get what you want!

IN THE END, YOU HAVE TO DECIDE WHETHER OR NOT TO RAISE YOUR EXPECTATIONS.

By having perfect confidence in your arrows, you can focus on the real problems you have in archery; shooting form and fatigue.  One thing leads to another.  That’s the virtuous cycle instead of the vicious cycle.

LONG AGO A MENTOR EXPLAINED TO ME ABOUT “THE VIRTUOUS CYCLE”, AND “THE VICIOUS CYCLE”.

The virtuous cycle is the opposite of the vicious cycle.  Of course, this is applicable to most choices we make in life, but in archery, here is how it worked for me.  Perhaps it sounds familiar to you?

When your arrows don’t really group all that well, the problem could be any number of things.  That’s the vicious cycle.  You make changes, and start chasing your previous shot around the target.  “Why did that arrow hit there?”  Maybe the problem is not only your form.  Maybe your archery form needs improvement, but maybe it is your equipment too?  I certainly spent my time chasing a group around the target face at 20 yards with a wonderful bow, and arrows that were nowhere near what I should have been shooting.  However, WHEN YOU CAN depend on your arrows to group tightly, and one arrow doesn’t go into the group, then the problem was your form.  This informs you on what you need to improve.

If you are not careful, this inevitably leads to you splitting your own arrows.  

FINDING HIGH QUALITY BAMBOO IS THE FIRST CRITICAL STEP TO SUCCESS

When I started buying them decades ago, I got crooked pieces and brittle pieces quite often. Fully half of the shafts I would buy would break during the arrow making process, or were completely unusable. Junk bamboo costs the same as excellent quality bamboo. Excellent bamboo is the first step to excellent bamboo arrows.  But it isn’t the only step to excellent bamboo arrows.

“…I finally had a chance to shoot these arrows that you made for me.  What can I say?  They are just great for me!!  At some point I was afraid to shoot more than two arrows to the same target.  They were hitting just too close to each other.  Thank you very much!!

Boris BorchevskyBoris Borchevsky, Khan's Arrows

The bamboo shafts which I sell are a variety known as the Tonkin Cane.  When the old Khan used these, it was called “River Reed”.  Arundinaria amabilis has been used for thousands of years and has always been considered ideal for arrows.  The reason is because it is very durable AND it is the toughest arrow in the world I recently had a customer put several through an armored chest plate.  All of them penetrated, and none of them were damaged in the slightest.  It is my opinion that bamboo arrows are the TOUGHEST arrows in the world, including carbon and aluminum…if you get a good quality bamboo shaft… and this is the key point to know.  It is very important to know that you can break any arrow!  Click here to learn how to quickly break these arrows

When I started buying them more than 20 years ago, I frequently got crooked or brittle shafts.  Typically 50% of them were unusable.  Either they would break during the arrow making process, or were too brittle.  Junk bamboo costs the same as excellent quality bamboo.  If you have the right contacts you can get perfection.  If you don’t believe this, I invite you to find this out for yourself.

This is why I buy them, sort through them, spine them…exactly… mark where the best placement of the cock feather is, and then bundle them in sets of 12.  These are exactly the same shafts I use to make my own and I can assure you, I don’t shoot junk!

What are your expectation of arrows made by someone who doesn’t shoot?  That’s a fair question.  Here is another…Just how confident are you that your bamboo dealer is sorting through every shaft and sending only the good ones?