G.P. McMillan

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PAGE J3IGHT THE DAILY Bows and Arrows Made Here by Expert Used In Archery Matches With archery steadily growing in popularity throughout the United States, Canandaigua is not only represented by the local Arcnery Club, but by one of its residents who ranks high among the best of the,archeiy-tackle makers in the country. At his home in Telyea Street. Gorman McMillan, has built by hand during the past seven years many of the bows, arrows and other items of archery equipment with v.hich record scores have been recorded in some of the greatest of the" American tou Tiaments. An artist in one of the most ancient of professions, Mr. McMillan is kept consistently busy filling the orders which reach him almost daily from leading exponents of the sport. Arrows In Demand To the unitiated, astonishment is manifest at the infinite care with which the best bows are constructed and the fine fidelity to decai! which ma.ks the construction of an arrow- in Mr. McMillan's shop When he explain? ;he 'iirc degree of accur- cst degree of skill and care, with the shafts for a set of a dozen cut from a single block of wood in order i that the trend and density of the I grain may be identical in each ar' row. Mr.' McMillan explained thsl many of the big firms engaged in the manufacture of archery equipment turn out arrows by machinery, but those used for championship | purposes, he said, are still made by | hand. ! Sanded by Hand Tlie square blocks from which the arrows are fashioned first are turned down on a lathe after which they are sanded by hand. They are fitted j with three feathered guides which | comprise the "fletching." and are' · fitted with metal tips and composition notches which receive the j string of the bow. When they are ' finally polished and decorated they do not vary one from another in the set of a dozen, more than five grains, or the weight of an aspirin tablet, l "The wood from which a good ar;row 15 made," said Mr. McMillan, '"must be stiff and absolutriy ·,·,--., i-1 yah th" finis:-!*.! rcauct VOLLEY BALL DRAWS CROWD Phelps Downs Canandai- g-ua in 7-Game Match At Y.M.C.A. Here There was a large uirnout at the "Y" last evening for the vollayc ball mathc between Phelps Athletic Association and Cananciaiguu "Y" men. After the regular class period and supper, two teams were formed of members of the class, and alternated ir playing the seven-game match with the Phelps team, scores being n; follows: Canandaieua's score named first -- 6 to 15. 15 to 8, 8 15. 15 to 11. 2 to 15, 9 to 15, or n match score of 4 to 2 in favor ol Phelps. Several members of the Business Girls' and Senior "Y" Girls' Clubs, whose interest in volley ball is growing, were among the spectators. Sev- "ral members of the Business Girls' Club joined with a few members of the to will at and included faculty from of special were P. ..ic a Panels ".hy h: - die m such grea* " ::::··i-'ve fc-'.^ ir. ;v,-'jo-'C,iP'ji- v it!: its h r ^ - l i ' He said tlint if t!:.'se e;sei:r:'.h are rot ':ror.ir.c:-.'.i. int.:. 1 cha;np;onMi;p- ...u.^r: 0 ···} ,1:1'-, or c: "j»c;r i . i i ·T- ir. /"' a chL-.y fiphi ir.rur,;;;, :r:;.-. :irir ·-.-·vv -1 courts Last year arrows made by Mr. i and consequently may be canea McMillan won t'ira? events in the ' "pnma donnas." Illinois State shoot, with tlie estab- ; Mr. McMillan's hands liave be- lishment of TOO new records. In the I come so sensitive in the fashiomng Tier's flight there was established i of arrows that as he t-anch the a" new record of 383 yards, or al- j shafts he can feel their proper most a quarter of a mile, and in j thickness within one-sixty lourth cf th~ ladies' shoot a new record was | an inch. When they are finished chalked for a distance of 303 yards, 'they are perfectly balanced and with His arrows were also used by the | proper care will last indefinitely, winner of the junior flight. (They vary in length from 23 to 28 The previous record flight lor j or 29 inches. _ men of 336 yards in 1935 was also I Turkey feathers are usea__fer '-he made with Mr. McMillan's arrows, which also won the Illinois State cup in t,he same year for the highest York round. In the New York State ; -- ------- --- . Tournament last year, his bows and Passed only by the best .^^eati arrows were both represented in the crs. which are not savh ob.auirJ, men's champion flight ol 317 yards M l and in the junior flight, tor the es- the Business Men's Club forming two teams for one game duung the intermission, giving additional interest. A return match will be played at Phelps on March 24. Next Tuesday , the Clifton Springs volley boll team will join with the locr-i team here M. On Tlm.Klr.y. March IS. da o r members of nlav - ,,,,, tre local in ,,., will . at North Cohocton. The ann alT M° P c" f 'A. older bov. bastetball league started this week with eight teams entered. The fielchmg of the arrow, fhev are from the hardv On'ci s raised Vecchi, captain; Hilltops, Francis Yerkes. captain; Balboas, Albert West, captain; Crescents. Stanley Oskamp. captain, and the Old Timers. David West, captain. League games are being played on Monday and Wednesday nights, two games being played on each night. in She Aoril in. the West, where the lunate pio-: [TttJvprCflKet WAtt1An'« duct's a sturdy fcath?- a.id are .mr- ] UfllYclodllOl YTlmlcIl C) Society Entertained tablishment of a new record of 296 j yards., Won In Buffalo Again in Ihe Lower Lakes Tournament at Buffalo last year Mr. McMillan's arrows were used in the winning flight. They were shot at that time by Dr. Paul McAlpin, president of the New York, State Archery Association. Mentioning just a few of these achievements while at work on a five and a half foot yew bow which he said he hopes may prove one of tlie best he has ever constructed. Mr. McMillan said that the best voods for bows are yew, lemonwood, hickory and cedar, with the arrows fashioned chiefly from Port c e d | ., ,.u cemented, , I re' ! in probable the set is cut to exactly the same shape Feathers are Shaped "Peace" was the program sub.iect ] 19 ^J- last evening at a meeting of the j Universalist Woman's Society with' Mrs. Oscar B. Johnson in Gibson to vroduce the dev..rci feather form, \Hien the wire is g , Street. Mrs. Edgar D. Gillett was In shaping the feathers, Mt Me- i chairman of tlie program, which Millan used a resisrancr coil in | followed supper and a business vi'ich a segment of wire is shaped j meeting in which an appropriation was voted for the denominational mission work in North Carolina. Mrs. George W. Pierce, of Chapin Street, will be program chairman for the next meeting. April 8, with Mrs. m % m Gillett on the Bristol road. "Clara 2SS 1 Blrthpte " TM" be the Milk hot the feather is turofrl : gaiast it ncl ! This i« .'ne in the actual nr-jw, an,e- is'i -d an 3 dec- .°F · rtd into exact oi the final process in;:iiufacture of an the to of » / a t c d . the shaft is . hand-p'-'ishlne, tue t'end- -.'· shafts ol the arrcn-'j. i\Iv MrMiil- an d't-o utiLOruter, the por i i of thf shaft adjoining the fletching, ap- Orford cedar and Douglas fir. ai- \ though "footings" often a of beef-wood, from South America. bands of color interspersed vjnuiu ucu^i unw ^uu 5 n.,. *,*. ~. | W i(;h narrow stripes of gold. The though "footings" often are aadeo , finlSjhed product lb a triumph ar- of beef-wood, from South America, tistically and in point of craftsmanship. His bows too are beautiful S25 OFFERING VOTED St. Hilda's Chapter of St. John's Episcopal Church at a meeting with and rosewood or lemonwood. snlp ni - oows wo are D e a u u i i U In order to preserve for perfect j for the grace and symmetry and balance and elasticity the fine | v _ ^en finished are fitted with a Mrs. George Hyland in Chapin ' mar ked g^ain of the bow upon which he is now working, Mr. McMillan pointed out that it was fashioned from two pieces of material cut from the same strip of yew. These piece* specially made string which is woven and rolled by hand. The string contistb of about 30 strands of tough linen fibres which when completed will last for a considerable oajllt; DlrllJJ VA \\,n. J - A I ^ ^ V * J^AI-HV,.- JJlCi-CU V V i i l J~13L 1UI A U U J U A U C 1 a u i ~ were placed together in a cemented, | period under the pressure of the dove-tailed joint at the exact cen- strongest bows, ter of the bow. after which ;he Mr. McMillan became interested whole was in readiness for shaping | in the fashioning of archery tackV and refin'shdng. i \vhile convalescing from an illnes It is the manufacture of arrows. IFC\ en years ago. His interest grew however, which demands the great- I and his workmanship became Street, last evening, voted $25 for the Easter Sunday offering. Plans were made also for a bake sale next month. Tlie next meeting will be April 13 with Mrs. Edward Sick in Academy Place. -teadily finer until it attracted the attention of the champions of the port. Today the McMillan bow and ^rrow, used" almost exclusively by ncmbers of the Canandaigua Arch- that announced was ry Club, will be seen in use in the lu s -.reatcst tournaments m the country, ccouiiting yearly for a good share f the new records which are established. ol

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  1. The Daily Messenger,
  2. 10 Mar 1937, Wed,
  3. Page 8

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