Traditional Archery Discussions on the Leatherwall


Jim Fetrow walks on...

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Iktomi 19-Sep-18
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From: Iktomi
Date: 19-Sep-18




Sad news,

Long time Leatherwall member Jim Fetrow, aka "Dire Wolf" and "Jim in Oregon", passed away peacefully early this afternoon at home surrounded by his family after a 2 1/2 year battle with glioblastoma. I first became acquainted with Jim here on the Leatherwall nearly 20 years ago, and over time developed a close friendship with him. He and his wife MaryEllen had me up as their guest to their home in the Portland area on several occasions and I had the opportunity to spend shop time and shooting time with him, as well as generally enjoying his company and talking about deeper things. The last few years were full of some serious challenges for Jim, as well as his family as many of you here know, but he was a good friend and great companion and I will really miss him. Journey well my friend, you can finally rest.

If you are inclined to do so, please keep his wife and family in your prayers.

From: Iktomi
Date: 19-Sep-18

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From: larryhatfield
Date: 19-Sep-18




Good man. Respected him a lot.

From: Iktomi
Date: 19-Sep-18




Yes, Larry, that he was.

From: bowfitz
Date: 19-Sep-18




sad to hear, best to the family

From: Riverwolf
Date: 19-Sep-18




Much enjoyed Jim's insight , and contributions over these many years . I wish a peace to his many family members and friends....May all the many Happy memories flood the minds of those now in pain from loss.....Travel well brother Jim.....

From: Homey88
Date: 19-Sep-18




Rest in peace.

From: Sipsey River
Date: 19-Sep-18




Sorry to hear this.

From: Frisky
Date: 19-Sep-18




RIP Dire Wolf. He fought a really good fight.

Joe

From: George D. Stout Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 19-Sep-18




Jim was an awesome guy, and a good friend that I never had a chance to shake hands with. I will miss him.

From: Burly
Date: 19-Sep-18




Rest in peace Jim.

From: KyPhil
Date: 19-Sep-18




Well that is sad news. He was a solid man and i enjoyed his insight. Prayers for his family.

From: George Tsoukalas
Date: 19-Sep-18




I've lost so many friends. We never met but Jim was a friend who was there for me when my brother died. He was such a good man.

My sympathies to family and friends.

May his memory be eternal.

George

From: Backcountry
Date: 19-Sep-18




So sorry to hear this--he's been on my mind recently. He was very generous with his expert advice and helped me through some bow projects. He was a friend I never met in person, but a friend nevertheless.

From: Phil Magistro
Date: 19-Sep-18




Very sorry to hear this. My sympathies to his family.

From: Iktomi
Date: 19-Sep-18




If you want a treat, search Jim's handles here on the LW. As well as being very knowledgeable about all things archery, the man was a real wordsmith, and had a subtle, wicked sense of humor.

From: Iktomi
Date: 19-Sep-18




If you want a treat, search Jim's handles here on the LW. As well as being very knowledgeable about all things archery, the man was a real wordsmith, and had a subtle, wicked sense of humor.

From: tonto59
Date: 19-Sep-18




So sorry Rick. Prayers for Jim's family. Jim always took the time to answer all my self bow questions. And I had a lot of them. I always enjoyed his stories and posts too. Rest in Peace Jim.

From: 30pt buck
Date: 19-Sep-18




I always enjoyed his posts and his knowledge on al types of Trad Archery. He will be missed and I hope he is at peace. Sympathy's to the family. He shared with all on the leather wall.

From: swampwalker
Date: 19-Sep-18




Been missing him for awhile. Prayers for Jim's family.

From: swampwalker
Date: 19-Sep-18




Been missing him for awhile. Prayers for Jim's family.

From: Knifeguy
Date: 19-Sep-18




His voice may be silenced and his last breathe drawn but his wisdom will live on as long as we remember. My prayers for his wife and family. RIP Jim, you’ve earned it. Lance

From: Rick Barbee
Date: 19-Sep-18




Sad news indeed.

Jim was a good friend, and mentor to me for many years.

He will be greatly missed.

God Bless, his family & friends.

Rick

From: pdk25
Date: 19-Sep-18




Very sad news for all of us, but I am happy that his suffering and trials are at an end.

From: SHOOTALOT Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 19-Sep-18




Hate to hear that. I enjoyed his articles in the old archery magazines and he sure could retiller a bow and make it shoot better.

From: Dkincaid
Date: 19-Sep-18




He and I emailed back and forth from time to time and he gave me a bow once. Jim will be missed.

From: jaz5833
Date: 19-Sep-18




Very sad.

Jim restored my faith in mankind and helped my journey into San Diego archery history (Which has changed my life).

From: Eco
Date: 19-Sep-18




Prayers for the Family

From: deerfly
Date: 19-Sep-18




Always enjoyed Jim's posts and humor over the years. Great loss to the trad family.

Sincerest condolences to his family and close friends.

From: Bassman Professional Bowhunters Society - Qualified Member
Date: 19-Sep-18




Sad

From: SB
Date: 19-Sep-18




Adios old buddy...been thinking about you.

From: buster v davenport
Date: 19-Sep-18




Sorry to hear that. He certainly will be missed. Prayers from NY for his family. bvd

From: dr22shooter
Date: 19-Sep-18




prayers to family dr

From: ButchMo
Date: 19-Sep-18




Prayers for his family. God bless.

From: reb
Date: 19-Sep-18




Prayer sent for family.

From: BATMAN
Date: 19-Sep-18




GOOD MAN! Gone WAY TOO SOON! GREATLY REGRETTED!

From: BATMAN
Date: 19-Sep-18




GOOD MAN! Gone WAY TOO SOON! GREATLY REGRETTED!

From: Ken Williams
Date: 19-Sep-18




He will be missed. I know Jim is with Jesus

From: Andy Man
Date: 19-Sep-18




Much respected by me, and so sorry to hear

Prayer sent of to follow him

From: crookedstix
Date: 19-Sep-18




He touched so many of us with his knowledge and generosity. If people were arrows, Jim would've been a Forgewood.

From: Jinkster
Date: 19-Sep-18




I only got to know Jim for a few short years here but he was one of the ones that quickly befriended and helped me along.

He's already been sorely missed but now it's time to celebrate the great person he was and pray the family finds strenth while he finds peace in his passing.

From: Clydebow
Date: 19-Sep-18




Sad news. Great guy.

From: jimreed
Date: 19-Sep-18




Very sorry to hear this. Prayers for his family,

From: Ambleman
Date: 19-Sep-18




Prayers for peace for Jim and his family. May they all feel God’s grace in this difficult time. Blessings to our brother.

From: [email protected]
Date: 19-Sep-18




I remember him as Jim from Oregon if you search you'll see his old LW posts from the early days of LW

From: Mike E
Date: 19-Sep-18




I was just thinking about him the other day wondering how he was. Condolences and Prayers to family and friends.

From: Shick Professional Bowhunters Society - Qualified Member Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 19-Sep-18




Read a lot of Jim's works in the past. He had done it all. RIP Shick

From: reddogge
Date: 19-Sep-18




I knew him better as a member of military surplus forums year ago. I was surprised to see he was involved with archery.

From: Jim Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 19-Sep-18




Prayers sent for Jim and his family.

From: 1/2miledrag
Date: 19-Sep-18




He was very knowledgable here on this site and I, like many others, benefitted from that wisdom. RIP Dire Wolf.

From: Buckdancer
Date: 19-Sep-18




Another good man gone . Rest in peace Jim ????

From: Buzz
Date: 19-Sep-18




My condolences to his family.

From: Gifford
Date: 19-Sep-18




Condolences to the family. May he rest in peace.

From: Billy Shipp
Date: 19-Sep-18




Dang, I hate to hear that. Jim was a wealth of knowledge and all around good guy....condolences to his family.

From: White Falcon
Date: 19-Sep-18




Sad!

From: nomo
Date: 19-Sep-18




So sorry to hear. Prayers for his family and friends.

From: chazz847
Date: 19-Sep-18




So sad to hear of this, Bless him and his family.

From: rallison
Date: 19-Sep-18




Travel well, brother. Grant peace to his family....

From: arlone Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member
Date: 19-Sep-18




Prayers to his family and loved ones.

From: GF
Date: 19-Sep-18




God bless him good.

He had no right to still be here even before he got sick, and he proved his docs all wrong by staying with us for so long. They don’t make ‘em any tougher than that.

Anybody who won’t miss him has no idea what he’s missed out on.

Just make sure you remember to shoot the line on a regular basis.

Rick - don’t be a stranger, eh?

From: Popester1
Date: 19-Sep-18




He'll be greatly missed, for sure. A lot of you guys knew him longer and better than I did, but he helped me along too. Rest in Peace, Jim.

From: Salagi
Date: 19-Sep-18




Prayers for his family. Like many here I enjoyed reading what he had to say.

From: Sawtooth (Original) Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member
Date: 19-Sep-18




sad news- I know he will be missed. prayers for his family. RIP Jim. I salute you, Lead the Way!!!

From: LBshooter
Date: 19-Sep-18




Sad news, Jim was always willing to help a new guy out with all of his knowledge. Rest in peace.

From: hunterbob
Date: 19-Sep-18




He will be missed. I have been around awhile myself and really liked his posts. Rest in peace my friend. Prayers to the family.

From: hawkeye in PA
Date: 19-Sep-18




Always enjoyed Jim's advice and his wit. Prayers for the family. RIP Jim

From: CD
Date: 19-Sep-18




Prayers for his family

From: Jerry Gowins Professional Bowhunters Society - Qualified Member Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 19-Sep-18




Jim was a good man. Knowledgeable, humorous, capable, generous. I visited with Jim and MaryEllen several times over the last couple of years. I am heart broken, especially for family left behind. Jim's very generous gift to me of some English longbows made in the mid-18th century in England was the inspiration for one of my TBM cover photos. I have a photo of Jim sitting in that red rocker, clutching one of the bows. He will be greatly missed.

From: fdp
Date: 19-Sep-18




Very sad to hear that. Jim was a fine man. I will miss his friendship as will many here.

My very best to MaryEllen and the family,

From: Iktomi
Date: 19-Sep-18




Funny anecdote:

One afternoon we we shooting in Jim's back yard, mostly just screwing around with the little target bags we'd toss wherever. Jim is all "careful where you shoot, we don't want arrows to land the the neighbor's yard, they'll get pretty pissed". Ok Jim, will do. A couple beers...errr...arrows.... into it, Jim has a "hold my beer bro" moment. Wants to demonstrate a couple trick shots. "Ok man, lets see it." I says. Proceeds to lay on the ground on his back, draw the bow, take a bead on the target, and bounces the arrow of'n a chunk of log laying on the ground, arrow goes almost vertical and right over the fence into the neighbors backyard. Hahaha! Fortunately, the neighbors weren't home, Jim sneaks through the side gate into the back yard and retrieves his arrow which fortunately didn't hit anything other than lawn. Haha! We decided to call it a day after that, but I never stopped giving him shit about it, LMAO.

From: wooddamon1 Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 19-Sep-18




Back when I first started reading on the LW, I remember seeing the handle "dire wolf" and thinking how cool it was. After reading a few of his posts, I realized I'd do well to pay attention to any insights he shared. My sincere condolences to all his friends and family, he must have been even more extraordinary than I realized.

From: Pointer
Date: 19-Sep-18




Sorry to hear this news. Rest in Peace Jim. Prayers for his family

From: fdp
Date: 19-Sep-18




Those are good memories Iktomi.

From: tonto59
Date: 19-Sep-18




Thanks for sharing that funny story with us Rick.

From: KSshrewman
Date: 19-Sep-18




A man of quality gone. Rest In peace Jim.

From: Babysaph Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member
Date: 19-Sep-18




Prayers from wv

From: lunatic
Date: 19-Sep-18




RIP Dire Wolf.

From: Trader
Date: 19-Sep-18




I didn't know him, but he sounds like he was a good man. Sorry to hear of his passing. May he rest in peace.

From: Jerry Gowins Professional Bowhunters Society - Qualified Member Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 19-Sep-18

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Here's the photo I referenced earlier. RIP, Jim.

From: NE Archer
Date: 19-Sep-18




I sure will miss his posts. Rest in piece my friend.

From: Iktomi
Date: 19-Sep-18

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Jim and I about 5 years ago.

From: Wild Bill
Date: 19-Sep-18




Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.Psalm116:15

"Talk to your ( OUR ) Savior and the Father like they were sitting next to you...for they are so close to you..waiting..knowing..

and KNOW they know your heart..hopes, failures, weaknesses , strengths..worries...They will help..and answer..just have faith and look for the help to arrive..

and you can know that whatever you haven't yet asked, our Lord knows and is ready an willing to answer-help with.jim"

From: Lost arrow
Date: 19-Sep-18




Prayers sent for the family and friends.

From: Woods Walker
Date: 19-Sep-18




In the wind Jim.....rest in peace brother.

From: JusPassin Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 19-Sep-18




May your next sunrise be eternal.

From: mangonboat
Date: 19-Sep-18




Jim was always learning, generous with his time, possessions and what he learned along the way. Peace and Grace for his spirit, family and friends

From: uphuntn Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 19-Sep-18




Prayers to his family and friends...

From: Lucas
Date: 19-Sep-18




A good man, I am sorry to hear.

From: Quack
Date: 19-Sep-18




will surely miss him.

From: RymanCat
Date: 19-Sep-18




Wow Lord willing I will see you on the other side bro. I pray for you often and it looks like the Lord has ended Jim's pain. Watch over us Jim we need your wisdom. When and if you see us fall please talk to the Lord for us and get our beds pulled down. Some of us it won't be long before we see you. Lord watch over Jim's family as they morn the loss of this incredible brother father and gentleman. Jim has made his mark in this world many times over boys in case some didn't know it or who he was.

If it weren't for Jim on a couple occasions talking to me and helping me I might not be typing this now when I was really down and out a time or two since I been here.

Jim held a world of knowledge and wasn't afraid to use it. We miss and have missed you for a while now it doesn't come to a surprise you are better off with the Lord where no more pain and sorrow or tears exist.

Rest in piece Wolf many of us have been touched by your life and words over many years.

Now here's a real Legend who never called attention to himself. Jim knew the word of God and he struggled just like most of us.

Lord take care of Jim's survivors and friends and family also his Leather wall family especially who he loved and we loved him and missed him dearly.

Thank you father for allowing Jim to come home I guess you needed a bow and some goose feathered arrows.

From: Wapiti - - M. S. Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 19-Sep-18




Prayers for Jim & his family

From: MStyles
Date: 19-Sep-18




My sincerest sympathy to his family. Jim, you’re in the best hands now.

From: TrapperKayak
Date: 20-Sep-18




The world was a better place with Jim in it but now heaven has the honor of his company. I conversed with him on here...at least I had that privelege. Rest peacefully Dire Wolf and we will meet someday in person. TK

From: Hackbow
Date: 20-Sep-18




Jim was one of those guys whose posts always garnered the attention from the rest of us. A respected gentleman and a wealth of knowledge. Prayers for his family and friends.

From: Shaftcaster
Date: 20-Sep-18




I never got to know this Guy but I always thought highly of the way he spoke on here , always respectable. Sad news.

From: Benbow
Date: 20-Sep-18




I feel privileged just to have known him through this forum. May you may you Rest In Peace , friend.

From: Styksnstryngs
Date: 20-Sep-18




Rest in Peace wherever your soul may go.

From: HillbillyKing Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 20-Sep-18




Rest In Peace Wolf !!!

From: 3Ditional
Date: 20-Sep-18




Prayers for you and your loved ones. May you Rest in Peace.

From: Pdiddly
Date: 20-Sep-18




Very sad to hear...he was very kind and helpful to me with advice when I got back into archery after a long hiatus and had to sort out arrow spine and other mysteries.

His account of finding a setting up a Wing Thunderbird intrigued me so much I had to go find one myself!

I will "shoot the line" today with my T-Bird and think of him...thoughts to the family he leaves behind.

From: bodymanbowyer
Date: 20-Sep-18




Rest in piece Jim. JF

From: dm/wolfskin
Date: 20-Sep-18




Prayers to his family. He will be miss greatly. Also thank him for his service to this nation.

From: The Lost Mohican
Date: 20-Sep-18




God Speed to Jim. TLM

From: Bluebell
Date: 20-Sep-18




Dire Wolf RIP you will be missed .

Hugh

From: AspirinBuster
Date: 20-Sep-18




He was one of the good guys. Sad news. He will be missed for certain. Leatherwall is a family and this was certainly a good man, kind and always helping others in word and deed.

As my pal Jawge says, May his memory be eternal. Prayers for his family and friends. I’ll miss him on my threads and I’m certain many of you will too.

Frank

From: Old School Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 20-Sep-18




So sorry to hear this. He was a friend and mentor to many of us here. Wishing peace and sweet memories for his family to soothe the pain of loss. RIP Jim, may you find your happy hunting ground.

From: 76aggie
Date: 20-Sep-18




I never had the honor of knowing the man but he, obviously, meant a lot to a lot of people. Rest in Peace Sir.

From: Jeff Durnell Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member
Date: 20-Sep-18




This is sad news. Jim was a friend and inspiration to me in more ways than one. He was a meticulous craftsman, and selfless in his sharing of that knowledge. He had always answered my questions in great length and detail, and had given me special bow making tools he had made and the best yew bow stave I've ever seen... of course, hunted, cut, seasoned, and cared for by himself. I told him I always wished I could have walked those hills with him in search of a bow worthy yew... whether we found one or not. I miss him.

From: Rotten:
Date: 20-Sep-18




God speed Wolf, and my deepest condolences to your family.

From: Caddo
Date: 20-Sep-18




Sad News, Prayers up.

From: RonG
Date: 20-Sep-18




DIRE WOLF, I just can't believe you are gone, I didn't know him personally, but as most of you fellas we knew him well through his helpful posts. He was a brother to all of us and losing a brother is painful. Hoping you a heavenly journey and all the selfbows you can dream of. God take care of him.

From: RymanCat
Date: 20-Sep-18




The wolf is not gone he is now resting with the Lord as we think and wonder and cry and praise God for allowing Jim's pain to stop we are hurting many of us.

We are in denial, pain and sorrow as well as elated that Jim gets to go home before some of us. LOL

Jim left a mark like we all are supposed to leave a mark with others. God designed us this way because we were made in the image of Christ. As easily as it is to be bad Jim showed the love for others here with his unselfishness and willingness to help, guide and teach others. That's what God wants us to do what Jim showed us. Its hard but where there is a will there is a way to figure out our place in life.

Jim was the real deal you have been missed Jim. We hope to see you again brother Jim.

Lord we pray that Jim's family is alright as they morn and as we morn as well.

Thank you Lord for calling Jim home.

From: Will tell
Date: 20-Sep-18

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I never got to meet Jim but I still consider him a friend. I was posting on here about liking to smoke a pipe and Jim sent me these to enjoy. Rest In Peace my friend and every time I smoke one of your pipes I'llthink of you and say a prayer for your family.

From: Dan W
Date: 20-Sep-18




Rest in peace, friend. Never met in person, but we corresponded & traded arrows and information.

From: Jim Davis
Date: 20-Sep-18




Jim was part of the framework of the Leatherwall tent. I always enjoyed his no-nonsense comments, except for a moment when they were directed at me. 8-

Sorry he is no longer with us.

From: ottertails
Date: 20-Sep-18




Sad to hear this. My sincere condolences to his family and friends. RIP Jim

From: tinecounter
Date: 20-Sep-18




Sad news indeed. RIP Jim

From: GUTPILE PA
Date: 20-Sep-18




A friend I never meet you have a bran new life!!

From: Dan W
Date: 20-Sep-18

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From: NOVA7
Date: 20-Sep-18




Sad news headed very knowledgeable and I always enjoyed his post.

From: Ken Taylor
Date: 20-Sep-18




Prayers for his family and friends sent from northern Canada.

I never had the privilege of meeting or communicating with him personally but I too truly enjoyed his posts.

His intelligence, traditional values and good heart was apparent.

From: KSshrewman
Date: 20-Sep-18

KSshrewman's embedded Photo



Will, I have a very similar story. Many years ago I posted in simple admiration of one of his pictures of a pipe he carved. At that time i never knew him. He reached out and we corresponded for some time. Being from KS turned out he had family history from here so lots to chat about. Then one day in the mail I received a package of 5 very high quality pipes. One of which was carved by Jim. I tried to offer something in pay or trade and he would have none of it. Just wanted me to enjoy them. From the little I really knew him...I was impressed with his intelligence on so many subjects, his unique perspective, his memory of so much about his life, and of course his kindness. (Those pipes are now a tradition at my little shabin as we enjoy a fall campfire, a story of chasing whitetails, and a toast to our friend Dire Wolf)

From: Iktomi
Date: 20-Sep-18




I too have a couple of Jim's pipes. Gave up tobacco a year ago but last night I filled a hand carved briar he made and had a smoke in his memory.

From: Stoner
Date: 20-Sep-18




Oh my, so sad. Nothing to add that has not been said already. RIP and more prayers from OKC. John

From: Dan W
Date: 20-Sep-18




At the old Muzzy Stump Shoot in upstate New York there are hand lettered signs placed at various spots where needed:

First one at the beginning says, "BS ends and life begins"

Near the end of the course there is another sign, where the trail dips between a hilltop position and a target in the valley below-

"Watch for archers above"

RIP Jim

From: Dale Torma
Date: 20-Sep-18




Very sad, his wisdom and generosity will be missed. He had a distinct writing style and explained things well.

Prayers for his family and friends.

From: Muttly
Date: 21-Sep-18




Sad to hear that he has passed.

From: heavybows
Date: 21-Sep-18




Rick that's very sad news I will miss my friend. God bless him and his family.

From: Ron LaClair
Date: 21-Sep-18




Jim was a special person who impressed all of us, may he rest in peace.

From: 4FINGER
Date: 21-Sep-18




My Condolences to Jims Family and Friends...I've enjoyed Jims comments and PM's over the Years and I know Jim lived a Good Life...Rest Well Bowhunter...4finger

From: Litewait
Date: 21-Sep-18




About 8 years ago I posted a video on Facebook of me shooting my bow. My friend said “my dads into traditional archery, he would love to talk bows with you”

I met Jim a week later at his house and he started teaching me about bows. He gave me an old bear recurve and taught me to steam the limb straight. He helped my brother restore an attic find long bow with a terribly cracked finish.

After a few visits we started working on an Osage long bow together. He taught me how to tiller and make my own string. His skill amazed me. It took me days to get the tiller correct. He waited till I was done to show me that he could do it with a palm sander in 5 min, but he still had the patience to sit and watch me fumble for hours.

He was always ready to share tools, knowledge and bows. He will be missed

From: Phil
Date: 21-Sep-18




Jerry

Those are the bows I gave to Jim. One is a Buchanan the other two are Aldreds

Delighted you now have them

Rest in Peace JIM

From: Scott Alaniz
Date: 21-Sep-18




He will be missed. I always looked forward to his posts. God Bless his family.

From: woodshaft
Date: 21-Sep-18




Thank you Jim for blessing us with your wisdom and friendship. Thank you for your service to our country and this website. You have touched many lives with your words and deeds and we are richer for it. I will always smile when I think you Jim. You have made this world a better place for us let us strive to follow your example. My thoughts and prayers to you family.

From: Iktomi
Date: 21-Sep-18




When you sat down to talk with Jim, it was never small talk. Conversations always ran deep. He wanted to *know* you, and know what you are made OF. He had a way of doing that. I am really going to miss those conversations.

From: Caughtandhobble
Date: 21-Sep-18




RIP Mr. Jim

From: S.M.Robertson
Date: 21-Sep-18




Only knew Jim here on the 'Wall but I will miss his insightful posts that in some way helped us all. Across the hills and far away, travel on Jim.

From: GF
Date: 21-Sep-18

GF's embedded Photo



Went for a walk with Jim this evening; 5 outta 6 into 16” from about a Fetrow...

From: firekeeper
Date: 21-Sep-18




Always appreciated his contributions here, and missed him when he was no longer posting much. Developed a sound respect for him along the way. May he now rest in peace; wishing his family well.

From: Iktomi
Date: 22-Sep-18




"Went for a walk with Jim this evening; 5 outta 6 into 16” from about a Fetrow"

Yeah, I frequently set a target up at about a Fetrow. I really think it should be codified as a unit of archery distance ;-)

From: Dan W
Date: 22-Sep-18




Well my "Fetrow" distance for the past two days has been what it's always been downstairs in my basement/garage indoor practice space.

Can't quite "walk" with him- but, since the news I have spent an inordinate time down there- just shooting, and shooting... and shooting some more. In a trance, almost.

Maybe it's a way to honor him, keep it all going. Don't want to stop.

From: WoodsMaster
Date: 22-Sep-18




So sorry to hear this, i also really enjoyed his posts. now i know why i always liked him even though i never met him, he's a fellow pipe guy. Dan

From: Jon Stewart
Date: 22-Sep-18




Jim was one heck of a flintknapper. I would have loved to sat with and taken some lessons. He will be missed.

May God Bless You Jim.

From: newell38
Date: 22-Sep-18




Such a nice person. He will be missed by all. God bless

From: jjs
Date: 22-Sep-18




Good man and always took time to respond for questions. Lord's Peace to him and his family and supporters

From: GF
Date: 22-Sep-18




Dan - if you’re shooting, it’s all good! I’m sure Jim would approve.... as long as you’re enjoying yourself.

But FWIW, a Fetrow (IMO) is about Jim’s Point On - 65 or 70, though I wouldn’t argue with defining it as anything at or above POD for the shooter in question at the time, provided he/she is shooting Split-finger. Iktomi is about as precise about it as I am - “twice what any Mere Mortal would attempt” on game.

Either way, if you never miss a good 4 feet high or low, you’re just not even trying....

Not that anyone is suggesting that any Mere Mortals should even TOY with the idea of taking a shot like that on anything that’ll bleed...

From: Iktomi
Date: 22-Sep-18




Yeah, my distance for shooting at game is about 1/2 a Fetrow :-)

From: Sailor
Date: 22-Sep-18




Very sad to hear. Rest in peace my friend! Prayer for his family.

From: TGbow
Date: 22-Sep-18




Very sad news. Prayers for his family.

From: silverarrowhead
Date: 22-Sep-18




Prayers to his family.

From: KDdog
Date: 22-Sep-18




Rest in peace, Dire Wolf.

From: sake3
Date: 22-Sep-18




Good men should always be missed.........and celebrated.

From: Sam Dunham Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member
Date: 22-Sep-18




RIP, Mans man.

From: offtheshelf
Date: 22-Sep-18




Prayers sent for the family.

From: Big Dog
Date: 23-Sep-18




Sad to hear. His posts were ones I used to look for in threads over the years especially way back when he used to go by the handle Jim in Oregon. Well respected and will be missed.....rip. Regards

From: Onehair
Date: 23-Sep-18




Rest in peace

From: slade
Date: 23-Sep-18




Prayers from WA

From: pghrich
Date: 23-Sep-18




Very sad news. His family will be in my prayers. Cool name

From: Jim D
Date: 23-Sep-18




RIP Jim. Condolences to family and friends.

From: Archre167
Date: 23-Sep-18




RIP Jim. thoughts for him and his family

From: Greyfox
Date: 23-Sep-18




Prayers for the family. Got a kick out of Jim.

From: Kwikdraw
Date: 24-Sep-18




RIP Jim, a spirit for the ages, a helluva MAN! Wyatt

From: Bob W.
Date: 24-Sep-18




RIP Jim, your insight to the care, selection and taking of bow wood, particular Pacific Yew shows the passion that you had and respect for the tree as well as the bowyers that came before you will always have a lasting effect on me. God bless you and your family. Bob W.

From: The Beav
Date: 27-Sep-18




Sad news. Enjoyed his threads and comments. Again, a good friend I never met.

From: Mint Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member
Date: 27-Sep-18




Sad news but glad he found peace. I was actually thinking how he was and I've been so busy at work I haven't visited the leatherwall in awhile.

From: Navan-James
Date: 27-Sep-18




May he Rest in Peace.

From: Iktomi
Date: 30-Sep-18




Jim's obituary

http://obits.oregonlive.com/obituaries/oregon/obituary.aspx? n=james-alan-fetrow&pid=190345748

From: GF
Date: 30-Sep-18




TTT, for Old Time’s sake....

From: Larry Burford
Date: 30-Sep-18




Sorry hear about his passing.

From: Keefers
Date: 01-Oct-18




Prayers for family and rest in peace!

From: SportHunter
Date: 05-Nov-18




RIP Jim, you will be missed.

From: DaveP
Date: 06-Nov-18




Sympathy and prayers sent from Buffalo,NY...DaveP

From: DanaC
Date: 07-Nov-18




It saddens me that I may never meet most of you in person, but gladdens me that I have spent time with you via this forum. 'Dire Wolf' lived far away and yet he was close to us all. May we find our way to his campfire when the time comes.

From: Hinterland Rover
Date: 11-Nov-18




Peace be with you Jim and family.

From: offtheshelf
Date: 12-Nov-18




Prayers for him and the family

From: Stix
Date: 12-Nov-18




Prayers for a brother from another mother, but a brother of the bow none the less. His wisdom will be missed on this forum.

Also prayers for all of us, most have never met in person, but have a common bond will forever mold us together.

From: camodave
Date: 12-Nov-18




I cannot say it any better than Larry Hatfield did.

DDave

From: lefty4
Date: 24-May-22




James Maloney from New Jersey/Ireland is the real Navan-James.

I have done business with James in the past and he is a good guy. He has not been active on this site for a while. I tried to alert him yesterday that it appeared as though someone was trying to use his leatherwall history by using a similar "handle" and his name.

When searching a handle history, you need to carefully compare the handle and the actual name of the user to validate the true history of the handle. There may be four different individuals that have used the same handle in the past and all will show on the handle history search. Additionally, other handles similar to the handle you are researching often come up when you do the search. So you have to actually open the post history and verify the user AND the handle.

A little caution and research can go a long way.

From: lefty4
Date: 24-May-22




Sorry guys. I posted this on the wrong thread.

From: Shakey Jake
Date: 24-May-22




Prayers sent

From: bradsmith2010santafe
Date: 24-May-22




prayers sent

From: Osr144
Date: 24-May-22




So sad to hear God bless and rest in peace. Osr

From: WillMac
Date: 24-May-22




My sincere condolences to his Family.

From: WillMac
Date: 24-May-22




My sincere condolences to his Family.

From: Pdiddly2
Date: 25-May-22




Nice to re-read the tributes to Dire Wolf on this thread, even though it was accidentally brought up. He was a good fellow…

Reminds me of what a great place the LW used to be, before the present collection of witless trolls and their sycophant gasbags emerged.

From: Phil
Date: 25-May-22




Jim was a wonderful man, his knowledge of wood and it's preparation for bow making was encyclopedic. He was respected by his peers around the world.

From: TGbow
Date: 25-May-22




He will be missed.

From: Pdiddly2
Date: 25-May-22








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