Re: Wooden Arrows , Notches,Combat Arrows
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...