Hi. My name is Rob, I am Tara's partner and the guest blogger for this week.
So, yes.. Back to the blog. As I said, I could have called it 'Tools of the Trade' but I just can't bring myself to do it. To me, they are toys and I love them all. One-piece wood, lovingly handcrafted, machined aluminum (air craft grade of course - so important to be aircraft =P) and most recently carbon (polymer-tech space-age materials made of all kinds of stuff that sounds like something an engineer on Star Trek would be spewing).
I admit it: I am a junkie for all of it and I find beauty in all of it. Now in saying that, there is of course a caveat. I recognize LOHA tech when I hear it. I work in the auto industry. For those that don't know LOHA, it's "Lot of hot air" tech. Still doesn't stop me from owning an overpriced bow or buying an obscenely-priced one when the overpriced one probably out-shoots me anyway. Lets not even get started on the price of all the add-on toys. I think that is a whole other post.
Which brings me to my new bow. I ordered one of those obscenely-priced ones. And it's still not here. The waiting... Oh, the waiting... Back at the end of February, it was decided Tara would move to a metal riser to both increase her own archery ability and to learn a different bow and style. With the thought of a new bow bouncing around our home I decided to get in on the action, to which then Tara promptly decided she would just take my old bow and I could buy the new one. I think there was a plan there but since I am getting a new toy I am okay with it. Who tricked who into this deal is point of contention here but again, I am getting a new bow so I am good. Walking away from my KAP is tough though. I have had it 3 years, got it sandblasted and a custom Canada flag paint job done, it has a fresh pair of high-end limbs, bought only few months ago, and it has always been a joy to shoot. I am excited to be moving to a new bow but it truly is bittersweet. I am giving up a toy I am very fond of, not just putting it in a box but paying it forward (with the price of our gear I think it is something we should all do. Paying it foward brings more people the joy of the sport).
Will it be worth the wait? Worth the coin? Who knows, but I am looking forward to it anyway. After all it is a toy and, though I am willing to bet I will shoot worse for at least a little while, it makes me all warm and fuzzy inside.