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Weekend Archery Lessons in Toronto

For over 8 years now I have been offering archery lessons in Toronto on weekdays and weekends, but last year following the birth of my son I decided to retire from teaching archery lessons at the end of August 2017.

Well, semi-retire.

I finished teaching any outstanding lessons in September and October on the weekends, taking care of my son on weekdays while my wife worked on finishing her degree.

Leaving teaching behind for me has been sad because it means I don't get to shoot as much as I used to. One of the things I loved about my job for 8 years was that I got to do archery 5 days a week and my skill with the bow and knowledge of archery, archery lore and history expanded from my constant interactions with other archers.

This year, as of April, will mark my 29th year of doing archery - ever since I was 10 years old.

However there is a big difference. This year I am only teaching on weekends, as I will again be spending my weekdays with my infant son.

Below: My son sleeping on the floor. I had fun taking this photo.

So to anyone in Toronto looking for archery lessons on weekends, if you want someone who is experienced at teaching for 8 years (soon to be 9 years) and has been doing archery for 29 years - and will be teaching my son how to shoot as soon as he is old enough to behave responsibly with it - then look no further.

Email cardiotrek@gmail.com to learn more.

Archery equipment is provided by the instructor.
Archery students must be at least 16 years old. (Rare exceptions.)
Weekend lessons start at $90. Lessons are 90 minutes long.

Discounts for 3 or more lessons.

Discounts for Seniors - I really enjoy teaching seniors.

Rates for couples or 3 friends at http://www.cardiotrek.ca/p/archery-lessons.html

Have a nice day!

How to Build an Earthen Oven

You will need:
  • Clay
  • Dirt
  • Straw
  • Water
  • Plastic Tarp (not a necessity, but helpful)
  • Bricks (not a necessity, but helpful)
The video below breaks down all the steps you need to do in order to make your own earthen oven for baking bread and other goodies in.

Mmm... pie... mmm... cookies... mmm... more pie...

How to Build a Primitive Shelter with Wood

Below are several videos on this subject of "How to Build a Primitive Shelter".

If possible you will want to have:

  • An axe or similar tool for cutting wood. eg. A saw or bow saw.
  • A knife or similar cutting tool.
  • Cordage, such as twine or something similar which makes a strong cord - eg. Cutting a plastic bottom into a long length of plastic cord is possible if you have a knife handy.
  • Other tools would be potentially be handy, like a hand drill.
There are literally hundreds of ways to build a primitive shelter, but today we will focus on several methods using wood. (In the future I may add other posts about making shelters using clay, sod, stones, snow/ice and other materials.)

Method #1. Branches, Bark and an Air Vent

Older Version, similar video.

Method #2. The Log Hut

Method #3. A Winter Shelter with a Heat Reflecting Wall

Method #4. A Root Cordage Primitive Shelter

Compounds Bows Vs Recurve Bows, which is Better?

And it depends.

It depends on what your goals and your criteria are for what you consider to be "better":

  • Ease of Use
  • Learning Curve
  • Short Term Accuracy for a Beginner
  • Long Term Accuracy for an Expert Archer
  • Easy to Carry / Transport
  • Faster draw and aiming cycle
  • Faster arrows / more kinetic energy
  • Durability
  • Easy to Repair
  • Hunting or Fishing

And other criteria that I didn't manage to think of just now.

So for example compound bow are technically easier to use - after you figure out how to tune the sights. So there is a learning curve there, and it is a bit of a bell curve wherein the archer starts off clueless and has to learn how to adjust the sights in order to get the arrow on target - and once they learn that skill they basically plateau for a good while unless they also learn form aspects that improve their accuracy - which means they will still require hundreds of hours of shooting to get really good with it.

Takedown recurves are definitely easier to transport than a compound bow is. Transporting a non takedown recurve or a longbow is roughly about equally hard as transporting a compound, with pros and cons for both. Yes, the longbow is longer - but it is also lightweight and easier to carry. The compound bow meanwhile comes with a bulky case and is heavy. Like I said, pros and cons.

Recurve Bows are faster to draw, aim and shoot. It can be done so fast in a speed shooting competition they are the clear winner.

Compound bows you need to pull back, adjust the peep sight, line up the sight, check the level, relax, possibly go through several other steps such as controlling your breathing, and then shoot. Hopefully in less than 10 seconds, because after 10 seconds compound archers tend to start shaking.

Meanwhile the recurve archer has already shot 3 or more times in 10 seconds.

Compound bows do have an advantage in that they transfer more kinetic energy to the arrow, more efficiently. This results in the arrows flying at a faster feet-per-second (fps) speed, which does increase accuracy (depending on the archer's skill), and is handy for hunting.

Compound bows break easily. Surprisingly so in some cases and then require repairs from someone skilled at repairing compound bows. (Cough cough. Someone like me, who does compound bow repairs.)

In contrast if a recurve bow gets damaged it is easier to repair it, or replace the broken part. As someone who buys old compound bows just for their parts, I can tell you it is really difficult to find replacement parts for broken compound bows.

People have been hunting with bows (all types) for tens of thousands of years. Probably fishing with them for the same time too. (Perhaps they were originally for fishing, for all we know.) So when it comes to hunting and fishing, I don't think there is a clear "this one is better". Yes, the compound bow provides more kinetic energy and works well in the hands of a beginner, but recurves are faster on the draw and an experienced archer doesn't need sights to be super accurate.

Note - I do not agree with everything in the video below. 'Survival Lilly' is a decent shot, but you will notice in her archery videos that she makes a number of form mistakes that hurt her accuracy.

The Toronto Tool Library

Nobody paid me to post this. I just happen to like the idea.

The Toronto Tool Library is just like what it sounds like. See https://torontotoollibrary.com/ to learn more about it.

You go to one of the locations, pick up any tools you need just like you would library books, and then return the tools after using them.

Using "tool libraries" saves people money.

An example shown on their website is as follows:

"One of our most popular tools – cordless nail gun – has been borrowed a remarkable 108 times. By sharing this single tool, which retails at $299.00, our members have saved over $32,000!"

The premise is so simple it is amazing it hasn't been done until now.

Years ago I came up with an idea for a Tool Workshop which worked like a gym membership. People pay a monthly membership fee and then can use the tools in the workshop. Instructors in the workshop are available (sort of like personal trainers) to help people to safely use the tools. There is a problem however, my idea called for people transporting whatever project they were working on to the workshop and storing it in a locker and taking it home with them eventually. Transportation could be an issue, depending on the size of the project.

The Toronto Tool Library takes it a step further, allowing people to borrow the tools and take them home for working on whatever project they need the tools for. That solves the problem of project storage, and also providing the space for people to work in.

They also have a number of other services.


The Toronto Tool Library also hosts events, listed on their website at http://torontotoollibrary.com/workshops/ which includes training programs, free community nights, and community projects.

3D Printing and 2D Laser Cutting

Youth Programs

And more...a

Now there is of course a membership fee, just like my workshop gym membership fee idea. The basic membership starts at $55.

Archery Craft Toronto Recurve Bow - How much is it worth?

"Hello sir,

My father owns this bow and would like to sell it, we would like to know its value approximately.

Its a 32/19 and 59 longer, Archery Craft Toronto.

Thank you very much
Carole L."

Hello Carole!

Okay so when trying to sell a bow you need to supply at lot of photos showing the following parts of the bow:

  • Front and back of the top tips.
  • Front and back of the bottom tips.
  • Left and right profile of the top limb.
  • Left and right profile of the bottom limb.
  • Front, back, left and right profiles of the riser.
  • 4 photos of the full bow shot from different angles.

So at least 16 photos and they should all be high resolution photographs.

Send me those and I will give you a more accurate estimate.

The reason potential buyers need that is because we need to know if the tips, limbs or riser are damaged, cracked or twisted. It is strongly recommended that collectors don't buy any bow that doesn't have all the necessary photos showing its condition - and a person looking to sell needs to please the collectors, because they are the people who are willing to bid more on them in an auction.

Also helps to know the poundage, model and year of the bow.

Judging by that photo it could be worth $50 or it could be worth $200. Or more depending on its age / model rarity. Impossible to tell without seeing all of it in more detail.

Charles Moffat

"Ok I understand, thank you very much for your response :)

Carole L."

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