34389Re: [SCA-Archery] Anyone actually MAKE arrows?
- Sep 30, 2013I did not fell trees and cut them into 2x4's. I did not dig
a well, pump oil and make shingles, I did not excavate lime
and kiln it into cement, I did not blow glass for the
windows and I certainly didn't mine copper and turn it into
electrical wiring. But I sure as heck "built" my
barn.....with stuff from Home Depot.
So yes, you "made" arrows.
> My kayak-camp plans fell through when my paddle-buddy---------------------------------------------------------------------
> hurt her back
> and as Jeff called to ask if he could borrow my
> woodworking shop, I
> figured, why not make those arrows I’ve been planning for
> I had purchased 2 dozen cedar shafts from 3-Rivers along
> with a half
> dozen medieval target-heads. Looking through my
> fletching box I found
> a package of 4” white feathers and 2 packages of 4” black
> feathers (my
> arms are black red and white) and my sewing box netted
> some red cotton
> thread (I prefer cotton over polyester). I also had some
> saffron flax
> thread that breaks too easily so left that alone.
> So I got to work and dug out my arrow-nock jig I had made
> last year,
> modified the saw to the right thickness and cut nocks
> into six shafts.
> Did the sanding and tied the shaft with thread, used my
> hand-fletcher-jig to mount the arrows, tied the feathers
> to the shaft
> with more red cotton thread, and found some old clear
> nail polish my
> daughter left behind to coat the thread.
> Later I will measure and cut the shafts and mount the
> target points,
> then use the cresting-jig I made to paint my crest on the
> All the while, Jeff is happily making stuff for his
> wife’s shelfs (he
> is no carpenter so I spent a lot of time giving helpful
> hints) and
> while he was away measuring, I built myself a
> bow-string-jig and made
> my first bowstring from some Dacron I had in my sewing
> box. I chose a
> 20# bow in case the string snapped<g>. After all, this
> is the first
> bowstring I ever made so am justifiably nervous about all
> that stress
> so close to my eyes.
> Now Maria and Liz are coming over tonight so I can repair
> a leak in
> Liz’s kayak and I have four bottles of that fruity-wine
> that women
> like and Maria is looking forward to seeing the arrows I
> made and….
> ... It occurred to me then that I did not MAKE arrows, I
> arrows from pre-made parts.
> Yes, I cut and shaped the nocks myself. BUT…
> I have a box full of pelican and goose feathers waiting
> to be
> converted into arrows and pens and instead I used
> feathers pre-cut.
> I bought that cotton thread.
> I bought the shafts pre-cut and pre-splined for my 45#
> I bought the target heads.
> Hell, I even bought the bare-bow (that I merely finished)
> and even
> bought the strings.
> So, can I actually claim to have “made” those arrows?
> Or am I a
> simple ‘assembler”?
> Opinions? Thoughts?
> Rick Johnson
> "Those who give up a little freedom in return for a
> little imagined
> security will soon find that they have neither."
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