34395Re: [SCA-Archery] Anyone actually MAKE arrows?
- Sep 30, 2013I make over 100 dozen every year for friends in the SCA, loaner sets and my own bolts and arrows. I really enjoy the fruits of my labor.JanynFrom: richard johnson <rikjohnson39@...>
To: SCA-archery <SCA-Archery@yahoogroups.com>
Sent: Monday, September 30, 2013 12:23 PM
Subject: [SCA-Archery] Anyone actually MAKE 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 months?
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 old
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 shaft.
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 assembled
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 store-bought
I bought that cotton thread.
I bought the shafts pre-cut and pre-splined for my 45# longbow.
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
"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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