The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


August 17, 2008

Traditional archery lives on through dedicated business

In the modern age of archery, amid intricate ligh weight compound bows, carbon arrows, and a plethora of gadgets, there is a small but dedicated group of archers who cling to the traditional way.

Traditional' archery means using wooden longbows and recurves, shooting arrows made of the original arrow material, wood.

Jim Rebuck, of J&M Traditions, near Dornsife, in southern Northumberland county, is dedicated to the traditional way. A longtime hunter, Rebuck at one time used compound bows. The attraction of the compound bow soon faded and Rebuck gradually drifted back to the simple ways of traditional archery.

One morning while on his daily walk, which was part of his rehab from one of several surgeries, he came upon a collection of archery equipment and bought it up. He began studying traditional archery and making arrows for another dealer. In the late 80s, with the popularity of traditional archery on the rise, Rebuck struck out on his own and J&M Traditions was born.

"We did a lot of shows," Rebuck said. "We've been to archery shows from New England to the mid-west."

J&M Traditions has been a regular at the Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show in Harrisburg for nearly 20 years, and recently attended the Eastern Traditional Show at Denton Hill, in Potter County. The Eastern Traditional Show is one of the largest traditional shoots in the world.

"Most people get into traditional archery for the challenge it provides," Rebuck says, "I don't feel handicapped with traditional archery; it's just another way of doing it."

Traditional archery is also changing, according to Rebuck.

"Possibly because of more modern archers moving into the traditional arena," he says, "we are now seeing carbon and aluminum arrows used, they don't realize that true traditional archery is with wood arrows."

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