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23667Re: [SCA-Archery] Fire arrows

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  • William Arwemakere
    Oct 24, 2007
      Here in An Tir was a yearly event where fire arrows were shot into the sea. I asked the maker of them for details, and he gave me the "I will have to kill you" answer. He finally relented...

      Use 1/2" dowel, as long as you feel safe with. Self nock the shaft. I believe the head end was weighted by inserting a nail into a drilled hole. One could also wire the nail to the shaft.

      Take a length of burlap approx 5" wide x a couple feet long. I'm not sure of the exact length. It should be long enough to wrap into a head 1.5" in diameter. Cut "slits" into the burlap along one edge.

      Wrap the burlap around the shaft with the slits facing forward. Secure the head with tie wire. The idea of these slits is to cause the leading edge of the head to mushroom open on release, creating a buffer behind so the arrow stays lit.

      Soak the heads in kereosene. I think they let them sit for 10 minutes or longer, to ensure full penetration.

      Light the head. Let the head burn for at least 10 seconds.

      Nock, draw, release.

      We have typically had over 100 of these arrows fly in a single night, with very few failures.

      William Arwemakere

      ----- Original Message -----
      From: Brad Boda d'Aylward <bradb@...>
      Date: Wednesday, October 24, 2007 4:21 pm
      Subject: Re: [SCA-Archery] Fire arrows
      To: SCA-Archery@yahoogroups.com

      > Nope.
      > The Scarlet Guard of Æthelmearc tried this at a recent event
      > with *long*
      > arrows and cording wrapped around the tips which were soaked for
      > severalminutes in lamp oil. There was no fear of fire at the
      > target. Every arrow
      > IMMEDIATELY extinguished upon release. There was discussion
      > about using tar
      > next time.
      > Brad
      > Subject: [SCA-Archery] Fire arrows
      > Does anyone out there have any information on making fire arrows
      > that will
      > stay
      > lit when you shoot them?
      > Thanks.
      > Leif of Crescent Moon

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