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Here are my most recommended links:

  Greenman Archery Blog
  The Greenman Archery blog is essentially the father of this website. It's where I showed the work I was doing, new ideas, events I went to, people I met, and shared some of my thoughts on various subjects.
The good news is - I still do all that on the blog!

The Greenman Archery website makes it easier to represent my custom wood arrows and other items on a commercial basis. The blog is still good for many of the things listed above. Take a look and be sure to scroll back through the pages to see my past posts.
  Greenman Cooking Blog
  This one is a little self-explanatory, it's a small time cooking blog that I write. I really enjoy cooking, and while I'm no famous chef I have managed to keep my girlfriend and I in good food and occasionally get to cook something good for friends or family.

In the Greenman Cooking blog I may discuss recipes I've tried or want to try, things I want to buy for the kitchen, cooking programs I like to watch (I love PBS cooking shows), or just about anything else that comes to my mind on the subject.
  Greenman Gourds Blog
  In addition to making and selling custom wood arrows I am also a gourd artist, and perhaps I am using that term a little loosely… I am no fine artist by any stretch of the imagination.

Gourds give me a good outlet for art that really isn't suitable for the narrow dowel of an arrow. With gourds I can paint them, stain them, burn them, carve them, or just leave them natural. I particularly enjoy making usable gourd art like drinking vessels, bowls, canteens, cups, and drums. My gourd art runs towards the primitive style, partly due to that's what I like to do and partly because my artistic talents don't necessarily extend to more complicated art.
  Jesse's Hunting and Outdoors Forum
  Jesse's is an internet site with a forum covering hunting, fishing, and all the attendant variations of such. The forum is based in southern California and that is where many of the participants are located. However, as it has grown we've seen Jesse's gather a much wider following.

The forum is broken up into sections covering a wide variety of subjects. If you are at all interested in fishing, hunting, or the outdoors, there is a good chance that you'll find something of interest and other people to chat with about it. (Membership in Jesse's is free.)

Warning: if you're anti-gun, anti-hunting, or vegetarian, it is very unlikely that you will enjoy the site.
  The Nocking Point
  Mike and Brenda Horton have one of the best shops for traditional archery products and supplies around.

After having a less than stellar customer service experience at one of the big traditional archery retailers, I took a friend’s advice and began doing business with The Nocking Point and have never looked back. I have been extremely pleased with their products, prices, and service. I really like smaller shops where the owner answers the phone and also pulls my order and takes it to the post office. These are good folks.

  Paleo Planet
  With the help of the late Kris Tuomala, Tom Mills has created what is possibly the world's best forum for pursuing and sharing knowledge of the old ways of doing things.

If you're interested in flint knapping, primitive pottery, primitive living, primitive archery, wood bow making, metal forging, or any number of other subjects, you'll probably find it at Paleo Planet. One of the really incredible things about Paleo Planet is its international membership. The site has participants from all over the world sharing what they know in a variety of areas; many of these people are internationally recognized as leaders in their respective fields.

Membership in PaleoPlanet is free and there are basically only two rules: no politics and no religion - two subjects that can be quite divisive.
  Sagittarius Archery
  The Sagittarius website is pretty bare and basic. You won't find flashy pictures of what they carry or a bunch of text. What you will find is just about the best price on feather fletching that's out there. It's where I get a lot of the feathers I use.

For the best service, give Ruth a call at the number listed on the Sagittarius site, she's great to deal with and she'll set you right up.
  The Society for Creative Anachronism, Kingdom of Caid
  The SCA is an international organization dedicated to researching and re-creating the arts and skills of pre-17th-century Europe.

Target archery in the SCA requires the use of wood arrows fletched with real feathers, right up my alley.
I participate in local SCA events and the Greenman Archery booth may be found at many of them. I greatly enjoy my time spent in the SCA and value the friends I have made there. In July of 2011 I was honored with a Harp Argent for my skills in arrowmaking.
  Trad Gang
  Trad Gang evolved from people who grew frustrated with the workings of another traditional archery forum. TradGang quickly grew in membership to over 35,000 members and more people are joining every day. It is one of the leading forums on the subject of traditional archery hunting.

Within the Trad Gang forums you'll find sub-forums on many different aspects of our passion: collecting, making, selling, shooting, events, politics, photography, etc. (Membership in Trad Gang is free.)
  Vador Fletching Jigs
  A question that comes up pretty frequently in archery forums is, "what fletching jig should I buy?"
The usual answer is Bitzenburger. While there is no doubt that the Bitzenburger is a great jig, I tend to see them as too pricey, especially if you need more than one. When it was time for me to buy my first jig I got a Vador Uni-fletch. I've never regretted that decision and now have a table of 12 Vador Uni-fletch jigs as well as a couple off to the side for small jobs and repairs. Some of my jigs are now about 15 years old and I can't tell the difference with a jig I bought two months ago.

If you are in the market for a fletching jig, email Vador and there is a chance that they will have cosmetic second jigs available for a good price.

I have yet to meet anyone who can look at a fletched arrow and tell what jig it was fletched on.
  Victor Smith Knives
  Victor makes some of the nicest looking and best performing hunting knives that you can imagine. He's done extensive testing to figure out what makes a knife perform to its utmost and does everything in his power to make a knife that makes your hand happy to hold and use it. Victor's 40 years of traditional archery hunting have served well to teach him what's needed in a knife.

Take a look at Victor Smith Knives and you'll see handmade tools crafted by a man who puts a lot of love, passion, and hard earned skill into his craft.
  Villars Custom Bows
  Ken Villars has been making his own bows for a number of years. Now he's making them available to the rest of us. Ken specializes in high performance self-bows and backed self-bows. He's exacting in his work and won't let anything out of the shop unless it meets his very high standards.

Ken also conducts bow making classes in the Southern California area, giving the rest of us the opportunity to learn from his years of experience.