3Rivers Archery Company Info
Welcome, from 3Rivers Archery & Tomahawk Bows
For centuries, many nations and people have been using the stick bow and arrow
for gathering food and fighting wars. There were many pioneers who rejuvenated
the traditional archery market in the nineteenth century. These include, but
certainly are not limited to: Saxton Pope, Art Young, Ishi, Howard Hill, Fred
Bear, and Glen St. Charles. Many great men have helped to rekindle the desire
to feel the history and romance of traditional archery.
Those that carry the torch, the fire of traditional archery, include many
fine people and companies. 3Rivers Archery takes great pride in being among
these leaders as we strive for Traditional Archery Excellence. As the Worlds
Largest Traditional Archery Supplier we are constantly searching for new traditional
archery products as well as reproducing old favorites.
Since 1985, 3Rivers Archery has been the leader in this niche market. Starting
from the back bedroom of a small home in Fort Wayne, Indiana, it has grown to
a 10,000 sq. ft. warehouse in the rural town of Ashley, Indiana. Many companies
have come and gone over the years, but 3Rivers Archery has endured and serviced
not only the retail market, but a worldwide dealer network as well.
In 1985, 3Rivers Archery began in a back bedroom, expanded to the garage, then
moved to the basement level of a retail complex, with no heat! From there, 3Rivers
grew into a 1,400 sq. ft. retail store in downtown Fort Wayne, Indiana. A few years later,
due to tremendous growth in the industry, we relocated into a 10,000 sq. ft.
warehouse. Now we are conveniently located just off Interstate 69, and only 15 miles south of
Interstate 80/90, it truly is easy to access. Tucked away in the Northeast corner
of Indiana, it is ideally located between the states with the largest concentration
of hunters, Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.
In 1999, Dale and Sandie Karch purchased the business from founder Steve Ferree.
Sandie and Dale Karch are a motivated Christian couple from Wisconsin and were
no strangers to traditional archery. Having owned and operated Wisconsins
largest traditional archery shop, DMJ Archery, the move to the worlds largest
was a natural progression.
Having done business with 3Rivers Archery for several years as a dealer, they
knew about the great team already in place. So instead of moving the company
to Wisconsin, they moved their family to Indiana.
First and foremost on our list is family. Were very proud of our three
sons; Andy, Matt, and Johnny. Were a family with old-fashioned values
and a motto, Theres nothing we cant do through hard work and
dedication. This truly is a hands-on family business.
Even our dog came to work every day! Bulls Eye, who actually got his name before
we went into the archery business, was the official greeter at 3Rivers. In August
2007, at age 17, Bulls Eye had to be put down. He was the best mascot, and family
dog we could of ever asked for.
Over 250 Years Experience Under One Roof
Even though we specialize in mail order archery supplies, we offer down
home service. Our knowledgeable staff has expertise in everything from
self bow building to laminated bow building, snake skin backing, arrow making,
and string making. With over 250 years archery experience between our staff,
you name it and someone here has probably done it. Many of our customers like
to call us and pick our brains. We give our expertise freely; all
it costs you is the phone call (technical advice not available on the toll free
#). As we move into the world of technology, youll be able to find more
information, and answers to your questions on our Web site.
Vacation Hot Spot
Plan to stop by for a visit during your next vacation. While we specialize
in mail order, we have remodeled our showroom, and encourage walk-in visitors
on Saturdays from 9-2 EST. We encourage our patrons to browse and shop our warehouse,
just like Sams Club. Our Trading Post has many closeout specials
and goodies. Stop in to check out the bargains. You never know what
treasures youll find. Remember, our warehouse is only open to the public
on Saturdays 9-2 EST.
We have an indoor range available for bow tryout and, for the kids; we can
give a little instruction. (OK, sometimes the big kids too). Although we are
not nearly as big as Cabellas, just like them, we have many regular customers
who will travel for hours to come and visit our shop. We have stocked our warehouse
with many World Class mounts and record book animals, so bring your family and
browse some Saturday from 9-2 EST! The coffee is always on!
Our owner, Dale Karch, has been adding to his Pope & Young collection on
display. Dale also has many of his African animals on display for your enjoyment.
Accomplishments and Goals
3Rivers Archery has grown to be the biggest because were the best. Thats
not something we take lightly or get comfortable with. Our motto is, Traditional
Archery Excellence, and we strive daily to further improve upon our service
and products. In the past few years since new ownership, we have upgraded our
computer hardware and software, our phone system, and our Web site. In the next
few years, watch for us more on the radio and television, as well as your local
shoots and shows. We look forward to getting out more to meet our customers
face-to-face. We may be big now, but we started small,
and we truly care about each and every customer.
If you like our service, please tell your friends. If you dont, please tell
us, because we do care!
|Dale & Sandie Karch: Owners
Sandies expertise lies in the business side of this partnership. Having
earned her Bachelor's degree in business, she spent 12 years as a business consultant,
helping others develop and grow their businesses. Shes a goal setter,
and go-getter, with big plans for 3Rivers Archery. Sandie enjoys working side-by-side
with Dale, her partner in life, and in business.
Dales more than 20 years experience as a Tool and Die Maker certainly
taught him an important lesson. Theres no such thing as good enough,
you keep working until its done right. Thats a good attitude for
a bowyer to have. His Tomahawk Bows, of which he is very proud, are built to
his exacting standards. Quality and craftsmanship through and through. Every
bow that Dale builds is built as though he was going to hunt with it himself.
And he takes his hunting seriously! An avid hunter, he enjoys pursuing any and
all kinds of big or small game with the bow and arrow. Hes even enjoyed
some success in his adventures. Just ask him, hed be happy to share a
story or two.
Dale admits hes a die-hard bow hunter who has pursued; moose, elk, bear,
whitetail, mule deer, caribou, small game, and African game. With more than
30 years hunting experience, hes also had his share of misses.
Dale is very proud to have served on the Board of Wisconsin Traditional Archers
(WTA) for five years, serving as president for two terms. He is a Certified
Bow Hunter Safety Instructor, and a member of the Pope & Young Club. He is also
currently serving on Compton Board of Directors as Treasurer.
As a Tool & Die Maker for 20 plus years, he has been making his own tools
of the trade since day one. It was only natural for Dale to start making his
own hunting equipment. Thus came Tomahawk Bows. After three years of full-time
bow building, Dale purchased 3Rivers Archery, and moved his family from Wisconsin
to Ashley, Indiana. This is where he continues to live a dream come true, thanks
to God and family.
The Rest of the Management Team
|Johnathan Karch: |
Vice President of Sales & Marketing
|Teresa Williams: VP Operations
||Dean VanderHorst: Production Manager
||Wil Radcliffe: Creative Specialist
| ||Heather Culler: Design Specialist
3Rivers Tech & Fulfillment Team
This is the 3Rivers Archery Tech and Fulfillment Team, your Longbow and Recurve Experts!
They take your orders, answer questions, make product suggestions, provide tips, pack and ship your orders. Art is in charge of the team, and keeps things running smoothly. Rest
assured, if you have questions, our team has answers. If you need your order
taken, packed, and shipped correctly, call us. Our team is the best!
3Rivers Lead Tech
||Josh: 3Rivers Tech |
In the late 80s, Dale Karch purchased his first custom bow. Being a Tool
and Die Maker by trade, he critiqued the bows quality and craftsmanship.
He knew that with his skills, he could produce a bow of better quality. So Dale,
and his good friend Greg, built their first form and heat box. The rest is history.
Using his first Tomahawk Bow, a 53# recurve, Dale shot a Pope & Young black
bear in Wisconsin the following year. From there, friends and family started
requesting bows and his new hobby took off and quickly grew to be a small business.
Since their home had no basement, Dale built his bows in a utility porch, on
top of the washer and dryer. Being frustrated from having to move the bows every
time she did laundry, Sandie relented to taking a second mortgage to build Dale
After much sweat (we started in August) with the help of many, many good friends,
Dales toy shop was done. We built a 28 x 48 building
on our 10 acre property in Princeton, Wisconsin. The bow business took off from
there. However, our bow customers also kept asking for additional supplies like
strings, armguards, cases, etc. Dale got a dealers application from 3Rivers
Archery and started to purchase some of these supplies. Since he traveled most
weekends to various shoots and shows to display his bows, he kept his supplies
in big rubber tubs. If someone asked for something, hed take it out and
sell it to them.
Sandie, being a business consultant said, "hey, youve got a couple
of thousand dollars of inventory in those tubs. Why dont you put it out
on display for people to see? Before, you know it, we had one half our
building as workshop for bow building and the other half became a retail store.
Before long, DMJ Archery was Wisconsins Largest Traditional Archery Store.
**Trivia Note: DMJ Archery, LLC was the name of our first business. It stood
for Dad, Mom, Matt, and Johnny. This has always been a family adventure.**
Before long, Dale quit his day-time job as a Tool and Die Maker, and started
building Tomahawk Bows full time. Like many bow makers, Dale thought, "if
he could just get his bows into the 3Rivers catalog... Well, after bugging
Todd Smith, the Manager at that time, Todd finally said, look the companys
for sale, if you want your bows in the catalog, why dont you buy the company?
The rest is history.
While Dale still designs Tomahawk Bows, and oversees quality control, he currently
has little time to build bows. Great Plains is now building Tomahawk Bows, using
our designs and forms. Bill Foreman and his team are expert bow builders and
produce a quality bow to our specs. Tomahawk Bows are known for being stable,
smooth shooting bows. They are quality through and through, plus beautiful!
If you havent tried one yet, you dont know what youre missing.
They're a "Legend in the making..."
We value our customer's ideas and appreciate hearing from you. Please email
us your comments and suggestions to email@example.com
PO Box 517
Ashley IN 46705-0517
888.329.9872 Toll Free Fax
Hours of Operation 2015
Closed for the following holidays
Memorial Day - May 25
Independence Day - July 3-4
Labor Day - September 7
Thanksgiving - November 26
Christmas - December 24-25
New Years Eve - We close at 5:00 p.m. EST December 31, 2014
New Years - January 1
Please Note: Our warehouse is open to the public every Saturday from 9:00AM-2:00PM but closed for browsing the rest of the week.
On Monday-Friday, orders may still be picked up at our warehouse or you can
even stop in and fill out an order form, and we'll gladly pull your order for
you. You'll still be able to try out new bows on our indoor range Saturday.
The only difference is Monday-Friday you won't be able to shop the warehouse or try out bows.
We think you'll enjoy our Saturday hours, stop in and see us soon!
Hours of Operation
9 - 2
Order 24 hours a day, 7 days
a week, 365 days a year!
Call our toll free express
order line, 866.732.8783 (866.RECURVE)
or shop online at 3RiversArchery.com
Archery Wholesale-Our Dealer Network
If you're a shop owner and you've been looking for traditional archery supplies
at wholesale prices look no further. You've come to the right place. We are
the largest traditional/primitive archery distributor and we'd like to help
you grow your business.
Traditional archery is HOT! By adding traditional archery
supplies to your store, you'll be cashing in on an entire new market. A market
that is hungry for their products. Our dealer network is growing daily and is
now world-wide! Check out our web-site to get a feel for our product offerings.
Fax, mail, or e-mail us a copy of your re-sale/retail license and we'll send
you a FREE dealer package. The dealer package includes our regular catalog along
with a wholesale price sheet and dealer application.
Fill out the dealer application
and return it to us and you're ready to roll.
Download a printable PDF of our dealer application.
Download a printable PDF of form ST-105.
You can even order on-line
right here at 3RiversArchery.com. It's that easy.
If you're looking for
great customer service, fast shipping, and quality archery products at wholesale
prices you've found it all here at 3Rivers Archery.
Here's our contact information:
PO Box 517
Ashley IN 46705
888.329.9872 Toll Free Fax
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