Arrow cresting

A cresting machine (also called an arrow-cresting machine, an arrow-crester, or simply a crester[1]) is a machine that aids in the adding of coloured lines called cresting to arrows in order to identify the bowyer. Cresting machines are small lathes that consist of a chuck and an engine attached to a board.[2] Cresting machines do not paint the arrows themselves but are rather jigs that rotate the arrows uniformly so that a separate steadily held paintbrush can paint the cresting accurately.[3]


  1. Sam Fadala (1999). Traditional Archery. Stackpole Books. p. 149. ISBN 0-8117-2943-5.
  2. Jim Hamm (2000). The Traditional Bowyer's Bible. 3. Globe Pequot. p. 237. ISBN 1-58574-087-X.
  3. Paul C. Hougham (1958). The Encyclopedia of Archery. Barnes. p. 65.
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