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Video Gallery


This gallery is a little different to the normal ones.  YouTube has a large number of archery related videos, but many are also copyrite to their creators, so we cannot host them on our web site directly.

So what we have done in this gallery is to set it up so that clicking on the thumbnails below will take you to the appropriate YouTube page.  (Each will open in a new window)

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The students at the Berkeley University in California, USA taking animation course E128 produce some excellent animations of the break-down and assemble of various objects.

In 2008 the students produced this wonderful animation of a compound bow.

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Another animation by the students at the Berkeley University in California.

This animation made in 2010 almost makes the assembly of a recurve bow into a ballet with music. Watch and enjoy.

The following two videos describe what has become commonalty know as the Archer's Paradox, but in reality this bending of the arrow in flight is really called fishtailing.

The true Archer's Paradox goes back to early archery before archers knew the arrow bent in flight, with the use of early long bows. Anyone standing behind the archer at the point just before release would see that the arrow does NOT point towards the target, yet the arrow still struck the target. This was the original meaning of the Archer's Paradox, though over time the term has become wrongly linked to fishtailing (such as can be seen below).

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Fishtailing in slow motion.

This nice video clearly shows how the release causes the arrow to 'wobble' during flight.

Getting the correct 'spine' on your arrow is key to ensuring the arrow wobbles correctly so that the fletchings clear the bow. Get the spine wrong and the arrow will collide with the bow, possibly breaking it, but certainly knocking it off course!

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Another slow-motion shot showing the affect of fishtailing.

Not so clear as the arrow travels through the bow, but nicely shows ongoing fishtailing as the arrow travels down the course.

Also notice toward the end of the video the vibration on the string. This is caused by the finger release forcing the string sideways. In conjunction with the energy pushing into the knock of the arrow by the string at release time, the release causes the fishtailing to begin.

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This links to a Facebook page of an Italian archer who has done some slow motion filming of bows and arrows, to demonstrate how arrows flex (or even break) when the right or wrong spined arrows are used with different poundage bows.

I'm glad my hand wasn't anywhere near with the last example where the arrow explodes into pieces.  Well worth a watch.  It is one of the clearest videos I've come across showing how arrows flex when shot.

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