National Geographic : 1951 May
© National Geographic Society 596 Kodachroms by Rbl)ert F. Sisson Old-time Indians Would Have Prized the White Man's Steel-tipped Hunting Arrows A few New England sportsmen think that hunting has no thrill equal to stalking deer with bow and arrow. For effective shooting, they must advance undetected until their quarry presents an unob structed shot. The usual range is 20 to 40 yards. Here Edwin Wallace, in his Whitefield, New Hampshire, shop, fletches hunters' shafts with turkey feathers. He sets the feathers in a slight spiral so that the resulting spin may hold the missiles on a true course. Jigs on his turntable clamp the feathers tight until cement dries. Mr. Wallace also manufactures target-shooting equipment. He likes to fit the bow to the customer's height, reach, and pulling strength. He uses nylon and linen bowstrings. Right: Ski mittens with buckskin palms are shaped on a steam-heated form at Saranac Glove Company, Littleton, New Hampshire. Reinforcing patches resist abrasion from ski-tow ropes. Each year the plant manufactures some 275,000 pairs of deerskin mittens and gloves for workmen, hunters, golfers, and gardeners. Its mittens protected Admiral Byrd's crews on two Antarctic expeditions.