morning Don and welcome on Crossbow-Review,
tell us something about yourself:
Where are you from and where
do you live?
I live in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
When you did get involved into
archery (crossbows) and how ?
I started with a new 165 lb
Exocet a long time ago and presently own 10
Excals and one Ten Point. I started because I
was not happy bow hunting with a compound during
the winter with bulky clothing. I felt I could
be more humane by not having my bulky clothing
interfere with my shooting.
What crossbow you have and
I own an Exocet 165, an originally wooden
stocked Exocet, a Phoenix, a brown Vixen, a
black Deluxe Vixen, a Max Point, a Volverine, 2
Y25s, a Vortex and a Ten Point(which I have a
major hate/love relationship with). I do most of
my hunting with the Vortex and one of the Y25s.
They are perfect killing machines. I put them on
the same level as the M16, very efficient. I put
STSs on all of them. The Y25 in particular is a
bow, after a couple of additions, almost as
quiet as my Hoyt Vortex. When shooting the Y25
with 350 grain arrows you can watch the arrow go
to the target through the scope. It is just an
awesome stet-up. I like the Vortex for stalking.
Although is is wide because of it's a recurve
the pistol grip helps the handling. last year I
stalked a whitetail to 15 yards with the Vortex
and successfully took the shot. I was pumped for
a whole day! Both the afore mentioned bows wear
40 strand Boo strings with cat whiskers and
How did you decide to
manufacture crossbow strings?
I am an "A" type and saw a product(a crossbow
string) I could improve on visually and
functionally. Besides that I can't leave things
alone, I guess I am what people call a
"tinkerer". I am constantly experimenting like
reducing the noise level in crossbows.
You are quite famous all over
internet, in many forums people talk about you
and your famous Boo Strings: is string making
becoming your business?
Making strings is just a hobby. I make my
living by owning and operating a BMW specialty
repair shop. Making strings does not make much
money. One simple Flemish string takes me an
hour of work time to finish so I don't pay
myself much after receiving $42.00.
What materials do you use and
what type of string you make ?
The string material in a "Boo String" is
composed of 1/3 Vectran and 2/3 Dyneema and it
was the second material I tried. The serving is
Halo. The materials were selected for the
manufacturer's description and of course I had
to experiment before trying to sell the strings.
The reason for now using the present material is
for it's lack of creep and lower shock on the
Do you make strings for every
type of crossbows or is there any restriction?
I will, as a favor, make traditional bows
string but no compound bow strings. I have made
a string for an archaic bow on request but I
make Flemish strings as a rule and others as a
When it comes to string care
and maintenance many manufacturer seem to make
opposite suggestions; What would you recommend
for optimum string life and serving care ?
I recommend using bow string conditioner with
silicone in it. The string should be waxed
inclusive of the loops. The serving should be
waxed every 30 shots or so and the rest of the
string should be waxed every couple of hundred
shots. The wax should be put on before putting
the bow away after a shooting session not
before. No rubbing should be done, just let the
wax soak in. Another recommendation is to turn
the string every 50 shots or so to have the
latches bear on a different part of the serving.
Serving wear is thus cut in half. Serving
separation is a fact of life but improves vastly
after the first serving. Once the string is
served a certain amount of wax is squeezed out
and the subsequent servings do not have to deal
with the wax that comes from the string making.
If a customer places an order
just how long does she/he have to wait to
receive its custom string?
I hate say it but it is a 2 to 3 month wait.
I am inundated with orders from mostly the US
but have had orders from Sweden, England, Italy,
Holland and Australia as well.
Where does the name "Boo"
string comes from?
Someone said that you get one best dog and
Boo is the one. Boo was a Springer Spaniel I
bought from Springville Springers near
Peterborough many years ago and no dog will ever
shine that him. I still shed a tear when I think
for your time and for sharing your insights with
us and our readers.