Past Meets Future

Spring has arrived and summer soon to follow.  Been flinging arrows like a mad man since the snow melted off.  I can actually find the arrows I’ve lost, not that I ever miss much 🙂  We are all human, we miss the target every now again.  If your like many traditional archers and use wood arrows, you’ll find it easier to cut off an inch of a broken arrow to repair the damage; you know it’s tough to experience the same flight again of the repaired arrow.  However, that arrow will fly again for sure.  That’s part of traditional archery magic, wood arrows can generally be used again if the tip breaks off.  Trim, sand, taper, glue on the field point and your back in the game.  The arrow may fly differently, but you can still fling it.   With carbon arrows, once the shaft has been compromised it’s difficult to repair and can be dangerous if you shoot that shaft again. The same can be true for aluminum shafts.  Although its tough to beat the consistency of modern material arrow shafts, there’s just something special about wood grain arrows flying down range.

The heritage of traditional archer steers us to study the past but focus on the future.  Wood, carbon, aluminum, and other composite shafts is an archers preference.  Archery was born of natural materials, just take a look at the American Indians or Ice Age Scandinavian hunters.  The materials weren’t what provided food for the table, it was skill and workmanship that forged the tools of success.  The person behind the bow, the attention to the tools, and the practice made all the difference which still stands mostly true today.  Also being very, very, very hungry honed historical archers expertise.  With modern advancements in technology and materials, an archer today can be more proficient than ever.  Practice, practice, practice with attention to detail.   We don’t try and tell you what to shoot or how to shoot it, we just encourage individuals to get out and enjoy this wonderful sport we all love.   We are here to provide you with all your traditional archery needs, wether you shoot wood arrows or modern arrows.  We make all of our wood arrow styles with the option for carbon.  We at Rose City Archery are dedicated to the past but focused on the future, let us help you with your traditional archery journey.

Shoot Straighter,

Jerry Dishion

Roots in Tradition

Fellow Archers,

Port Orford Cedar has be the choice of many great archers over the history of mankind.  Look at guys like Art Young, Howard Hill, and Fred Bear.  All of these men will go down as some of the best to ever shoot an arrow, individuals who identified as bow hunters.   The stick and string wasn’t the only trait that made them popular, but their ability to tell the tale through a camera lens and share it with thousands of aspiring fans world wide.  Art Young was known for his primitive osage orange long bow and pronged broad heads, traveling on expeditions to places like Alaska proving the lethality of his equipment.  Howard Hill was known to impress damsels with the ability to trick shoot his bow, not to mention his handsomeness and staring roles in his own hollywood style bow hunting films.  Fred Bear revolutionized the modern movement of bowhunting and still finds ways to push the sport from the grave.  All phenomenal men who used Port Orford Cedar to find success.  Below is a few links that tell the tale of their success better than I can type.

Art Young

Howard Hill

Fred Bear

Men who stood behind their passion rooted in cedar shafts and wood bows. Traditionalists like to follow their own path, forging success on their own backs.  Many of our customers buy raw shafts and create their own works of art, and we love them for it.  Rose City Archery is offering a 15% discount on raw Port Orford Cedar shafts for the month of April. This is not an April fools joke.  We are honoring our roots as traditional archers and giving an incentive for the Do-It-Yourselfer’s by offering a sale on our Premium Cedar shafts.  Type in code:cedar15 in the checkout.
New for this month is our packaged bow and arrow kits.  We’ve taken some of the guess-work out of the purchasing process and teamed up with Neat Archery to help interested people get in the field quicker.  Check out the collections below for more information.   We at Rose City Archery are dedicated to the past, while focused on the future.  We want to thank everyone for the support, and wish continued success in the field and on target.


Jerry Dishion

3D Season is HERE!

3D season is here and we’re having a 20% sale on Hunter Premiums and Hunter Selects for the month of March. Now that hunting and other outdoor activities are coming to an end, we shift focus towards the 3D critters and practice for the following year.  Foam target shooting is a ton of fun for the whole family, there are 3D target events across the United States every year.  A few shoots in the south east have already came and gone, Big Jim’s Bow Company carries our products and travels to many of them in his traveling trailer. The atmosphere surrounding these events is incredible.  Everyone is smiling and having a great time, the “feel good” is real.  We want to give some incentive to sling our premium cedar shafts so we decided to make a sale for our always reliable Hunter line of arrows.  Some archers aren’t sure which spine weight they need for their bows, we offer spine kits that consists of a few different Hunter Premiums and Hunter Selects.  You pick the spine weight and diameter of shaft based on our arrow spine chart matched to your draw length and poundage of bow.  You’d be amazed of the consistency of matched spine weight cedar arrows, affordable quality American made products.  Hope everyone finds the time to visit a local archery shoot near you and keep the tradition alive!

Rose City Archery just got back to head quarters from several different trade shows.  The first on the list was the Archery Trade Association show in Indianapolis, Indiana it lasted for three days, but we usually stay for the week.  It’s kind of fun, but it kind of isn’t too.  It’s a lot of work putting together a 20’ X 10” booth and getting all of our products set up to show them off to their best advantage.  It’s a pain in the patooti and you can’t believe what we have to go through to get it all to the show.  We end up spending a week or so on deciding on what to take and where in the booth to display them.  I don’t know if anyone is interested in this, but I’m telling you anyway.  A lot of our customers seem to think we sit here for the entire year and answer the phone and send out stuff to you guys out there in archery land.  I thought you folks might be interested in how it all happens.

Now we have to get all of this stuff to the show and then we have to put it all together and make it look pretty so that our distributors and sales folks want to get out there and sell what we have to offer; so we can eat all year and keep our employees paid.  Not to mention we have to get three or four of us back to the show, airplane tickets, rooms for all of us.  Food while we are there and a whole bunch of other stuff that cost money and takes time.  There are a bunch of other things that take time and cost money that no one thinks of.  Shipping the container with all of the stuff in it, airport parking, really expensive to leave a car or two at the airport for a week, the list goes on and on.  If it wasn’t something we just had to do I wouldn’t; after a week or two or three week period you are beat to a pulp and it really takes at least another couple of weeks to recover.  Plus this all comes about a couple of weeks after X-mas.  I’ll quit whining and get on with it.  Well, there’s always a good opportunity to get out and shoot.  I like to call this post trade show therapy.  With all the 3D Shoots coming up, there’s plenty of group therapy sessions to attend.  Spring time…..HERE WE COME!

Shoot Straight,

Jerry Dishion