Outdoor Target Stand

Outdoor Target Stand

The time has come to swap out our old target stands for new ones.  It also worked as a great way to do work hours during a pandemic when gathering in a group isn’t a great idea for everybody in the club.  We chose a design that will be sturdy, mobile, and foldable if we need it.  It can be built by amateurs (like me!) with a drill, a saw, a screwdriver, and some spare time.  And this way our youth members could still break down the field without needing to carry the stands, and we can host multi-distance events more easily by having rolling target stands.

We had an older blurry drawing which we cleaned up and added some illustrations.  In case it helps anyone else, here are the design drawings.

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Maya – Use Type node to set the frame number to scene geometry

Maya – Use Type node to set the frame number to scene geometry

Sometimes it’s useful to have a geometry displaying a changing number.  As an example of how to do this, I’m showing how to set the frame number into some geometry using the Maya type node.  You can use a similar system to drive values from an anim curve into the type node, as well.  (JustContinue ReadingContinue Reading

Long-Distance Practice in the Basement

Long-Distance Practice in the Basement

One archery problem that’s hampered me is how to get enough practice repetitions at the long outdoor competition distances?  I have great endurance at the short distance because my loving wife generously allowed me to build a practice range in the basement.  But our basement can’t quite manage to fit a 70 meter practice hall… InspiredContinue ReadingContinue Reading

Archery Target Distance-Angle Equivalencies

Archery Target Distance-Angle Equivalencies

One question that comes up from time to time is “How hard is it to hit a target [some distance] away?”.  The answer is a firm and definite “it depends.” There are a variety of target sizes, shot at a variety of distances.  Even ignoring things like wind, air friction, body-angle to reach distances, etc,Continue ReadingContinue Reading

Field Notes

Field Notes

The 2019 North Region Field Championships is another installment of the tournament that has been running at Chicago Bow Hunters for many years now.  Field Archery is similar to golf, where there are targets placed along a walking course, and you compete at each target in sequence.  The targets are different distances away, different heights upContinue ReadingContinue Reading