JVD Hare target face

Preparing target faces – a couple of quick tips

I thought I’d share a tip or two on preparing target faces for competitions. We are in the process of pasting up a load of faces for a couple of competitions the club is running in a few weeks. Fortunately it’s been pretty warm so they have been drying real fast.

target face

Like many other clubs we glue the target faces onto corrugated cardboard so they last longer on the day, usually using some form of  PVA glue. One thing we’ve learnt is the centre of the target or the highest scoring zone gets shot out quite quickly. To try and make the faces last longer we paste an extra layer of cardboard behind the centre to help it keep it’s strength.

Card on the back

It seems to work and helps the faces last a little longer on the day. I’ve known other clubs to paste a layer of fabric on the back to do much the same thing.

We also paint a layer of PVA over the top of the face to help waterproof it. The only problem with doing this we’ve encountered is if you get the mix of PVA to water wrong, you can end up with a slight white sheen over the faces.  So it is a bit of trial and error I’m afraid as different PVA seems to prefer different mix.

Hope this helps and thanks for reading.


Hot-melt glue softening over gas ring

Top Tip when using Hot-Melt glue stick

I thought I would share a quick tip I’ve learnt from using Bohning Ferr-L-Tite Hot Melt Glue Stick.

Hot-Melt comes in a stick of approximately 3 inch / 75mm in length. You heat it up and as it melts you apply it to the arrows pile / point and then insert the point into or onto the shaft depending on the style of point, before the glue sets. It is pretty popular with many archers as due to the low melting point of the glue it is easy to warm it up and remove pile if required.

The problem is as you use the glue stick it gradually gets shorter and shorter, making it harder to hold over the flame. You normally end up holding the stub with a pair of pliers and run the risk of covering them in glue. To overcome this I can came up with a simple trick  of using a long wood screw that I screwed into one end of the glue stick stub to use this as a handle.

Hot-melt glue stub with a long wood screw attached

Hot-melt glue stub with a long wood screw attached

These kept my fingers away from the flame, allowing me to hold the glue securely, as opposed to having to use a pair of pliers. It is a simple tip and I’ve found it works well.

Hot-melt glue softening over gas ring

Hot-melt glue softening over gas ring

One other thing is make sure you don’t melt glue over your cooker as chances are if you do you’ll be in trouble.

I hope you find this of use and thanks for reading.