Homemade Back Quiver

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Homemade Back Quiver
Traditional back quivers can be made of many materials. (Ablestock.com/AbleStock.com/Getty Images)

For the archer, a well-made quiver is an essential tool. It needs to be comfortable, durable and easy to use. Making your own quiver allows you to adjust and personalise your quiver to your own size, tastes and needs.


Quivers can be made out of leather, wood, metal, fibres, plant materials or any combination of these. The most important thing is that the quiver will be comfortable and easy to draw from. It is possible to purchase the materials online, or to glean them from scraps you may already have. Most back quivers will need to be deep enough to accommodate arrows of 2 1/2 feet, on average.


Decide what style of quiver to make. Many cultures around the world had their own style and methods for using bow and arrows. You can recreate a historically accurate quiver, or make one that is inspired by a fantasy world. It is best to research patterns to find one that works for you. It is also possible to buy kits to make your own quiver, which include a pattern and all the materials.

Tools are another consideration. If you are using leather, you will need an awl, serrated shears, sewing needles, and thongs or thread. Similarly, you will need specialised tools if you choose to use other materials.


As with any craft project, you must be able to adjust your finished project to fit your body and your particular purposes. Think about how you will be using your quiver, if you will be taking it on long hunting trips, or showing it off as part of a costume. If it's the former, you should adjust your quiver to make it as light and comfortable as possible. If the quiver is going to be part of a costume piece, consider how best to decorate it.

Use and Maintenance

Practice drawing arrows out of your quiver until you are comfortable with the movement. It's best to keep any and all equipment well maintained, and that includes your new quiver. Maintenance can include cleaning it, storing it in a warm, dry place, waterproofing the materials, and checking the straps for wear and tear.

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