TradTech brings home the Hardware at 2018 World Archery Field Championships

TradTech Archery had a great showing recently at the 2018 World Archery Field Championships in Cortina, Italy, with the Tradtech RC Carbon Wood limbs helping archers bring home two silver medals.


The World Archery Field Championships is a prestigious tournament that’s only held every two years, and is only open to a limited number of the best field archers in the world.

Competing in her first international field archery tournament, American Fawn Girard won the silver medal in Women’s Barebow, using her RC Carbon Wood limbs.


Fawn Girard with her silver medal

Girard was the top-ranked American woman heading into the competition. Her qualification score at the championships also was tops among American women, and seeded her sixth overall for the elimination matches.

As the No. 6 seed, Girard automatically advanced to the fourth round, where she won in a shoot off against Italian Eleonore Strobbe – a four-time medalist and 2010 World Field champion. She then beat Stine Asell from Sweden in the quarterfinals, followed by Italian Cinzia Noziglia in the semifinals, which earned Girard a spot in the gold medal match.


Fawn Girard, left, competes in Cortina, Italy.

In that final match, Girard and Lina Bjorklund – the 2012 and 2014 champion and 2016 bronze medalist – finished in a tie, before Bjorklund won the gold medal in a shoot off, earning Girard the silver medal.

Jenifer Stoner was the second-highest finishing American woman in Cortina, and she also competed with TradTech RC Extreme limbs.

John Demmer III entered the championships as the top-ranked American in Men’s Barebow. After qualifications using his RC Carbon Wood limbs, he was the top-seeded American and was seeded third overall. That seeding earned him an automatic advance to the fourth round of elimination matches, where he defeated fellow American John Dillinger. Demmer then was knocked out of the competition in the quarterfinals by Sweden’s Lundmark Fredrik, who eventually won the bronze medal.

Demmer won a silver medal, however, as a member of the American Men’s Team. The Team round features the top compound, Olympic recurve and barebow archers from each nation. Demmer was the American barebow archer teamed with compound archer Steve Anderson and recurve archer Brady Ellison.


John Demmer competes in the team round

The American team beat Slovenia in the first round and Italy in the semifinals, before losing to Germany in the gold medal match, which earned the team members silver medals.

A division of Lancaster Archery Supply, TradTech Archery produces a series of traditional archery products for bowhunting, competitive shooting and recreation.

Yes, you can adjust the draw weight on certain recurve bows

Compound bows are well known for their ability to have the draw weight adjusted. Most have a 10-pound adjustment range, but there are some that can be adjusted from 5-70 pounds.

Did you know it’s possible to adjust the weight of some recurve bows?

In an episode of “Behind the Riser,” filmed by Shrewd Archery, which follows U.S. Olympian Brady Ellison during the 2018 Lancaster Archery Classic, Ellison talks about “taking three turns out of” his Hoyt recurve bow after the first day of competition. That action changed the draw weight from 52 pounds to 47 pounds. (Ellison went on the win his second consecutive title at the Classic in the Men’s Recurve Division.)

Brady Ellison

So yes, you can change the draw weight of certain recurve bows. The only bows this will work on, however, are those Olympic recurve and Traditional recurve bows that have ILF limbs and fittings.

ILF stands for “International Limb Fitting,” which is a universal limb attachment system that allows ILF limbs and risers from various manufacturers to be mixed and matched. Several Hoyt recurve bows employ a modified ILF connection system that uses the same hardware as ILF bows, but the hardware spacing is distinctly different than ILF. This unique limb connection system is the Hoyt Formula system. Formula bows adjust in exactly the same manner as ILF bows.

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ILF limb being inserted into ILF riser.

An ILF or Hoyt Formula riser will have dovetail pockets to capture the dovetail bushings on the limbs. And they’ll also have limb bolts. The limb bolts on these risers are adjustable. Turning the limb bolts clockwise lowers the bolts closer to the riser and increases draw weight. Adjusting counterclockwise raises the bolts and decreases draw weight. Also, nearly all risers with adjustable limb bolts use some type of locking screw to keep a limb bolt in place after adjustments have been made. It is very important to unlock these screws before adjusting limb bolts, and then lock them again when adjustments are complete.

According to John Wert, who heads the TradTech division of Lancaster Archery Supply, which produces ILF and non-ILF recurve risers and limbs, the bolts on ILF recurve bows have a recommended best working range. Starting at a maximum height of 20mm (13/16 of an inch) for lowest draw weight and adjusting in to a minimum height of 15mm (5/8 of an inch), for the highest draw weight.  Those distances are measured from the underside of the limb bolt to the surface of the limb pocket beneath it.

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“This is the best range for the entire sphere of ILF bows,” Wert said. “You can take some in or out farther, but then you are in a gray area that can lead to problems. If you know what to look for, you can adjust to as low as 12 mm and as high as 25 mm on some limb and riser combinations.”

The chief problem with turning in a limb bolt shorter than 15mm is the leading  edge of the limb bolt cap can start to dig into the limb surface. Back the limb bolt out more than 20mm, and the dovetail limb bushing can bind in the riser hardware– or even worse, the limb could fly out from under the bolt altogether.


Left photo shows a limb sitting under a bolt set at 15mm, while the other is set at 20mm.

The number of turns an archer can put in or take out of a limb within that 15-20mm frame varies, according to Wert. Some screw patterns on the limb bolts are more aggressive than others, which would affect the total turns.

It’s up to each archer to figure out how many turns the limb bolt can withstand to stay within that 15-20mm gap. Likewise, the amount of weight that can be added or subtracted varies from bow to bow. It’s up to the archer to figure that out, so he or she knows how many turns are possible, and how much weight each turn gives up or puts back on. But generally, a set of limbs has an adjustment range of 8-10% of the limb’s draw weight.

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Turning a limb bolt with a hex wrench.

During the Lancaster Archery Classic, Ellison was able to reduce his draw weight by about 5 pounds by taking three turns out of his Hoyt limb bolts.

It’s important to note that equal turns must be put into/ taken out of the top and bottom limbs in order to maintain the tiller. Unequal turns will affect a bow’s tiller measurements, which can affect the bow’s tune and the way the bow sits in your hand.

Bow manufacturers vary on how they determine limb weights. Some, like TradTech archery, stamp their limbs with the low end of their weight range. So a TradTech limb rated at 50 pounds would draw at a minimum of 50 pounds at 28 inches with the limb bolts backed out to 20 mm. The weight would increase from there as the bolts are turned in and the limbs would reach a maximum weight of approximately 54 pounds.

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Other companies, like Hoyt, use the middle of the range for their limb ratings, and some rate their limbs at the top end of the adjustment range.

So all of this begs the question, “Why would I change the draw weight on my recurve?”

In the Shrewd video, Brady said he was having trouble holding his bow still at the higher draw weight. So he lowered it to gain more control. Other archers might find more control by increasing the draw weight.

Another reason to adjust draw weight might be to get an arrow to tune better. If the tune is close at a set draw weight, changing the weight just a little could be all that’s needed to get perfect flight.

TradTech Earns Podium Finish at 2017 World Games

With his bow powered by TradTech limbs, John Demmer III claimed the silver medal in the Men’s Barebow Archery division at the 2017 World Games in Wroclaw, Poland.


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This is the most prestigious, podium finish ever for a TradTech product.

Held every four years, the World Games is the highest level of competition in the world for barebow archers, who consider the tournament to be their Olympics.

Only 12 archers from 10 countries around the world compete in the World Games. Spots for the represented nations were earned last year at the World Archery Field Championships in Dublin.

Demmer, of Pennsylvania, who competes with a Gillo riser and TradTech RC Carbon/Wood Recurve Limbs, earned the U.S. spot in the World Games competition by finishing in the top 10 in Dublin. Then, he won the right to represent the U.S. in Wroclaw by finishing first in Men’s Barebow at the 2017 U.S. National Field Championships in Darrington, Wash., in June.


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Demmer shot well during the qualification round in the World Games, finishing in sixth place. He won his early head-to-head matches in the elimination round, and wound up in the quarterfinals, where he faced Giuseppe Seimandi of Italy – the two-time defending World Games champion.

In an upset victory, Demmer cruised past Seimandi to reach the semifinals. There, he shot against No. 2 seed, Martin Ottosson of Sweden. Ottosson jumped out to an early lead in that match, before Demmer clawed his way back with consistent shooting to take the win, earning a spot in the gold medal match.

In the finals, Demmer competed against veteran field archer Istvan Kakas of Hungary. The match went neck and neck, with the pair tied heading into the last target. There, Kakas’ accuracy was just a little better than Demmer’s, and he won the gold medal by a score of 54-51, with Demmer claiming silver.


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TradTech is a division of Lancaster Archery Supply – the world’s leading archery equipment supplier.

U.S. barebow archers counting on TradTech Archery at 2017 World Games in Poland

TradTech Archery will be well represented by U.S. archers at the 2017 World Games in Wroclaw, Poland, in late July.


Barebow archers John Demmer III of Pennsylvania and Jenifer Stoner of Virginia both will be shooting TradTech limbs on their Gillo risers in the competition scheduled for July 20-30.

“They’re really amazing,” Stoner said of her TradTech RC Extreme carbon/foam limbs. “They’re extremely smooth pulling, and because of that, I was able to go to a higher weight for shooting at longer distances.”

Demmer, who uses the TradTech RC carbon/wood limbs, said he likes the feel of his bow with the TradTech limbs attached, and – especially for field archery – he likes the increased arrow speed the limbs produce.


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“They feel like well-built, solid, decent limbs,” he said.

For barebow archers, there is no higher level of competition than the World Games.

“This is our Olympics,” Demmer said.

Held every four years – just like the Olympics – the World Games is a multi-sport event that features many off-beat competitions, such as canoe polo, hang gliding, finswimming and tug-of-war, just to name a few.

Archery, of course, is part of the Olympics, but only recurve bows with sights and stabilizers are used to shoot at 122 cm targets from a distance of 70 meters.

In the World Games, the archery competition includes classes for archers using Olympic recurves, compound bows and barebows. And field archery is the chosen game for barebow and Olympic recurve archers. (Compound archers will compete in standard, target archery.)


Jenifer Stoner shooting her 3-D TradTech bow.

Field archery is like 3-D archery, where archers walk a course and shoot at targets of different sizes, placed at different distances. On the first day of the World Games competition, the field archers will shoot three arrows apiece at 24 targets at unknown distances out to 50 meters. On the second day, they will shoot another course of targets, but the distances will be marked.

Only 12 archers from 10 countries can qualify for the men’s and women’s divisions of the barebow and recurve competitions. Spots for the represented nations were earned last year at the World Archery Field Championships in Dublin.

The top nine nations represented by the competing archers each earned a spot for the World Games, with the No. 1 finishing male and female archers earning two spots each for their respective countries, and the host nation –Poland – reserving two spots in each division as well.

Demmer and Stoner both shot well enough in the world championships to earn spots in the World Games for the U.S. But that didn’t guarantee they would be the ones to represent the U.S. at the World Games.

They had to earn those spots at the 2017 U.S. National Field Championships in Darrington, Wash., in June. Demmer won the men’s competition there, and Stoner won the women’s division to secure their World Games team positions.

The other members of the U.S. World Games archery team are: Heather Koehl (women’s recurve); Brady Ellison and Vic Wunderle (men’s recurve); Kris Schaff and Reo Wilde (men’s compound); and Christie Colin and Cassidy Cox (women’s compound).

Both Demmer and Stoner said they realize they will face stiff competition at the World Games. While it’s not too well known in the U.S., barebow archery is wildly popular and highly competitive across Europe. Italy, Sweden and Spain – among others – always have highly-skilled barebow archers.

Demmer said he hopes his and Stoner’s participation in the World Games will shine some light on barebow archery in the U.S. Known for wearing superhero T-shirts, colorful shorts and other wild clothing in competition, Demmer is always striving to promote barebow archery.


John Demmer as Superman.

“It’s fun,” Demmer said. “And, as a group, barebow archers always seem to have fun together. Why wouldn’t someone want to be part of that?”

One of the aspects of barebow archery that Stoner said others might find appealing is that a few bad shots won’t necessarily take an archer out of contention in a competition.

“We’re all going to have those shots,” she said. “So you’re never really out of it. And I think when you take away that pressure to be perfect, you can be more relaxed.”

TradTech Archery is a division of Lancaster Archery Supply that produces high-quality, ILF risers and limbs for traditional and barebow archery.

Podcast: TradTech director John Wert

John Wert is a nearly-lifelong traditional archer and the director of TradTech Archery. He’d rather hunt and target shoot with a stick and string than any other weapon, and is well-known around the country as an expert in setting up traditional bows.

To help mark the 10th anniversary of TradTech – a division of Lancaster Archery Supply – Wert sat down with LAS podcast host P.J. Reilly to discuss the allure of traditional archery.

In this podcast, you will learn:

– How Wert got involved in traditional archery, and how he came to TradTech Archery in 2010.

– What a traditional archery rendezvous is all about.

– What role TradTech archery plays in the world of traditional archery, and what’s new from TradTech in 2017.

– How the YouTube film “The Push” is garnering a lot of attention for traditional archery today.

– That traditional archers march to their own drum, and have their own unique look.

“You can walk around with a dead coyote on your head, a 14-inch Bowie knife, no shoes and no shirt and nobody will give you a second look,” Wert said. “But you wear a shooter jersey…and the music screeches to a halt as soon as you walk in the door.”

If you have any questions or comments for Lancaster Archery about this podcast, please email us at [email protected]

Traditional Archery Bows Explained

In traditional archery, the bows often are compared to works of art, rather than simple, arrow-delivering tools.

Traditional archers carry their bows with pride, and they’ll gladly rattle off the specs – draw weight, construction material, string type, manufacturer, etc.

In the compound-bow world, the differences between bows boils down to the manufacturers. But in the end, however, all are compound bows.

Not so in traditional archery. There are several different types of bows, and you’ve got to know what you’re holding.

In this video, Lancaster Archery Supply and TradTech TechXPert John Wert describes the various types of traditional bows – self-bow, classic longbow, modern longbow, one-piece recurve, take-down recurve and ILF takedown recurve.

In doing so, Wert discusses their construction, what it feels like to shoot them and how they fit in the traditional world.

Wert delivers his traditional-bow dissertation on the grounds of the 2016 Eastern Traditional Archery Rendezvous in Potter County, Pa. It is the largest gathering of traditional archers in the U.S.

As Wert talks, you can see traditional archers of all ages shooting their bows in the background.

Each of the bows Wert describes was represented at the rendezvous.

TradTech heads to Tennessee for IBO Traditional World Championships

The TradTech Archery division of Lancaster Archery Supply, Inc. is heading to the 2015 International Bowhunting Organization (IBO) Traditional World Championships, July 17-19, outside Clarksville, Tenn.

The 3-D tournament, which is limited to archers using traditional equipment, is being held at the famous Twin Oaks Bowhunters facility, which is one of the most beloved traditional archery clubs in the nation.

Lancaster Archery and TradTech have sponsored the IBO Traditional World Championships the past five years.

“We appreciate the efforts by the IBO to feature traditional archery, and to offer a tournament that pulls the best archers from the U.S. and around the world to battle for the title of world champion,” said John Wert, who heads the TradTech division.

On July 17, TradTech will host the TradTech Team Challenge, in which teams of competitors can shoot for over $1,000 in merchandise and gift cards from Lancaster Archery Supply. Teams are compiled randomly through lottery drawing.

TradTech Challenge

In the championships, competitors in eight general classes, plus three each for women and youths, shoot 40 targets total over the course of July 17 and 18. Then, the top-10 qualifiers in each class shoot 20 targets July 19 to determine the winners.

The IBO Traditional World Championships were first held in 2009, after IBO decided to emphasize traditional archery, due to an increase in participation by traditional archers at 3-D tournaments.

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This year’s championship tournament marks a return to Twin Oaks, where the event was held from 2010-2012. Twin Oaks is a favorite location among traditional archers. The grounds provide a living history of archery. Club members practice and teach bow building, flint knapping, and primitive archery and hunting skills. Visitors are charmed by music, food and Southern hospitality, thanks to Twin Oaks members and owners, Mark and Joanie Baggett.

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Lancaster Archery Supply, Inc. offers the world’s largest online and in-store selection of 3D, target, bowhunting and traditional archery equipment. The company actively supports tournament archers across the U.S. and hosts the annual Lancaster Archery Classic, an international competition that draws over 1,000 competitive archers to Pennsylvania each year. The Lancaster, Pa., based Pro Shop is also home to the Lancaster Archery Academy ‑ a year-round training facility for beginner, intermediate and competition archers.