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How Joe “Brokenfeather” Darrah Paints Throwing Knife Targets

I’ve recently met Joe Darrah of “Brokenfeather” knives over the magic of the internets. He was kind enough to share with me his process of painting throwing knife targets. He also sent me some great photos and he said I could share them with you.

Close-up of finished target.
Close-up of finished target.

Hi Ken

I just finished painting up a bunch of target rounds and I thought you might want to see the process I use.

First I painted them with 3 coats of white primer to cover the raw wood which sucks the paint up.

Then I cut out a template to use for the rings.

I painted the 1 point ring blue, left the 2 point ring white and painted the bulls eye red — ala Captain America. (Sort of feels like there should be a star in the center.)

I’ll use lag bolt’s to attach them to my boards.

My buddy dropped off 5 rounds that were a bit under 16″ (the one’s with no white border) but they were thicker so I am going to use them for a separate Hawk Range on my other board so I don’t bust up the 4″ to 5″ rounds that I’ll use strictly for knives.

Of course if I was throwing Bowie Axe’s they would break them pretty quickly as well!

Have a great day!

Joe

This is the template that Joe Darrah uses to paint his targets.
This is the template that Joe Darrah uses to paint his targets.
Here is how he lays out his template on a painted log round and draws the circles.
Here is how he lays out his template on a painted log round and draws the circles.
The circles are drawn on the logs and ready for paint.
The circles are drawn on the logs and ready for paint.
Doing them mass-production-style saves time!
Doing them mass-production-style saves time!
Targets are drying in the sun.
Targets are drying in the sun.
All the targets are ready to be mounted now.
All the targets are ready to be mounted now.
Some of the targets were too small to get a complete 16 inch ring.
Some of the targets were too small to get a complete 16 inch ring.
Normally a target will be larger than 16 inches like this one.
Normally a target will be larger than 16 inches like this one.

I think a 2.5″ white star in the middle would be excellent! How about you?

One thought on “How Joe “Brokenfeather” Darrah Paints Throwing Knife Targets

  1. This is just something I built over the weekend. Tried to be careful to keep within standards of regulations. But lets be truthfull if I could throw the knives as good as the targets look I would be happy. OK now I got a goal. Thank everybody.

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