Archers love to show their individuality with color-coordinated gear and custom accessories, especially those that combine function and fashion to create show-stopping equipment like quivers.
Highly skilled craftsmen labor for hours turning natural materials into functional archery art. A wooden bow or a set of masterfully fletched arrows demand attention, while custom quivers make every archer look twice. These quivers range from understated to extravagant, but nearly every piece looks almost too pretty to use.
Quivers have a simple job, of course. They hold arrows. But no quiver has ever looked better doing its job than the masterpieces we discuss below.
Brady Ellison’s Six Shooter Field Quiver
Field quivers attach to a belt and hang from the archer’s hip. They’re minimalist quivers, and point arrow nocks backward to keep the arrows out of the way when walking.
Olympian Brady Ellison is an archer by profession, but a cowboy at heart. He wore this awesome custom-designed field quiver, which ties into his Western roots.
Fur Back Quiver
The back quiver is a classic design that carries many arrows. How classic? Native Americans favored this design for their quivers. In fact, some back quivers comfortably hold a dozen arrows. These traditional quivers harken back to when everything was handmade.
“A quiver such as this was very attractive when made from an animal with beautiful fur,” Jim Hamm wrote in his book “Bows & Arrows of the Native Americans.” “Animals that were used for this type of quiver were bobcat, fox, coyote, and, in at least one case I have seen, black bear cub.”
Native Americans used other materials, including birch bark and woven pieces of wood.
A quiver made of wood? Basket quivers, like those used by Eastern tribes, were made from woven strips of wood, willow branches and birch bark. They’re made much like woven baskets, hence the name “basket quiver.” Slipping one on takes you back in time as you roam a 3-D course or go stump-shooting with a handmade work of art.
Leather Target Quiver
Target quivers are like field quivers, except they’re larger and point the arrow forward. This custom leather target quiver is hand-stitched with arrowhead inlays. Hand-carved leather and laser-engraved leather are other techniques craftsman use to produce unique quivers.
All these quivers are beautiful and true expressions of the archers who wear them. But you don’t need to buy a custom quiver to express individuality. Quivers are available from archery shops in many colors. Ask the staff to help you choose a quiver that matches your style and needs. Then add a personal touch with pins, patches and cool zipper pulls.
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