RE: [SCA-Archery] Re: Wooden Arrows , Notches,Combat Arrows
- Just in case you want to use real horn...
I get mine from knife supply catalogs. Water buffalo horn already slabbed
for knife handles. It's easy to cut slices for nock inserts.
Here's one source:
> -----Original Message-----
> From: blockflute1@... [mailto:blockflute1@...]
> Sent: Monday, October 07, 2002 11:19 AM
> To: SCA-Archery@yahoogroups.com
> Subject: Re: [SCA-Archery] Re: Wooden Arrows , Notches,Combat Arrows
> To strengthen the nocks I cut I use a 1/16 inch ceramic cutoff
> wheel and cut
> a notch 90 degrees from the string notch (I do this before I cut
> the string
> nock) and glue in a slice of horn (1/16 micarta) and sand it down
> flush with
> the surface once cured. Then I cut the string nock.
- For inserts in self-nocks, I like purpleheart wood for its
contrasting colour. I use a two or three hacksaws to cut the insert
slot and the nock slot. I use a table saw to cut off the purpleheart
- To reinforce my self nocks I use linen thread tied in a temporary
whipping and finished with a square knot, providing me with an index.
Not as permanent as an insert, but if it comes off I only need about six
or seven inches of thread and about 30 seconds. I position the wrap to
where it finishes around 3/16 forward of the nock.
> To reinforce my self nocks I use linen thread tied in a temporaryFor range arrows I cheat and use Dynaflight 97 instead of animal
> whipping and finished with a square knot, providing me with an
> index. Not as permanent as an insert, but if it comes off I only
> need about six or seven inches of thread and about 30 seconds. I
> position the wrap to where it finishes around 3/16 forward of the
hide. Is more durable than thread and I have enough colors that
depending on how I stain my shafts I can always get the wrapping to
For the Ya that I use for Makiwara and for regular free flight target
practice, I have been using regular deer antler. I shape the nock
and use a drill press of slightly smaller diamater than my string,
then slot it with a hand saw and a jig. The knock has a tang,
much like an arrow head, that gets fitted into a hole drilled out in
the back end of the Ya (like an arrow head).
I reenforce the wood around the base of the nock with silk thread
for thirty turns. Then I lacquer the thread and let it harden. Since I
am using turkey feathers to fletch, I have chosen a brown thread
to compliment the fletching and shaft, but I suppose any color
would be good...
I have made a matched set of twenty of these Ya for both
makiwara and free flight, and have been happy with their results.
When I can afford 20 bamboo shafts I will do the same, but for
now, I must use what is available. I have a steel turning lathe that
I sometimes press into wood-working service...but you will have
Yama Kaminari no Date Saburou Yukiie
Shi wa hei to de aru - all are equall in the grave...