Or you can just wrap the fronts of the feathers with thin thread and cover it with glue. Should also help prevent feather damage.No shelf just means it is a more 'primitive' design as others have said. To alleviate arrow contact, wear a thin leather glove on your bow hand. Bow gloves with open palms and short fingers are made and available from BearPaw Archery. I believe Kustom King is selling most of the BearPaw line of products. If the bow has been dormant for a long time, ease it back to life by short drawing it slowly and listening for any cracks/pops. Good luck!