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23668Re: [SCA-Archery] Fire arrows

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  • John edgerton
    Oct 24, 2007
      I believe the same effect has been done, with a bit more effort, by
      using small metal funnels or a cone of aluminum foil infront of the
      burning material to deflect the wind that tries to blow it out.

      Jon

      On Oct 24, 2007, at 4:57 PM, William Arwemakere wrote:

      > 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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