Re: [SCA-Archery] Digest Number 1402
> Message: 1You wil want some manner of fletching clamp (more below), tapering tools for the various sizes of shafting you may use, some manner of sealer and dipping apparatus, and, of course, feathers.
> Date: Fri, 29 Aug 2003 23:34:15 -0000
> From: "kissijunk" <kissijunk@...>
> Subject: Beggining Fletcher Needs Advice
> I would like to start fletching my own arrows and would greatly
> appreciate some advice as to what equipment to buy. What are the
> barebones equipment requirements?
If I had a little more to spend,
> what would be the best thing to splurge on?Put your money in the fletching jig first. Your Tapering Tool is the next place to put any extra money. Spend your money getting the best available equipment, even if you must plan on trading up at a latr date on something else.
What kind of glue does
> everyone use?I use Fletch tite for my feathers and nocks and Ferr-l-tite for points. They seem to give the best results. I have used Duce for the feathers with good success as well.
Why is there such a wide range in price for taper
> tools?Tapering Tools are priced by the cost of the manufacture and by the precision they provide. The Whiffen is a good starter tool and I carry the various sizes in my kit for field repairs. The Tru-Center is the one I use the most at home. It comes with the 3 common shaft collars included. A friend who fletches a lot for sale to SCA people has a woodchuck motorized tool and absolutely loves it.
What fletching jig (?) should I get?
Bitzenberger is the top of the line. I disagree about using the straight clamp, though. Helical clamps give a truer curve to the feather and thus work better in the long run (IMHO)
Next after the Bitz. is one called the "Grayling". Both are available at Three Rivers. http://www.3riversarchery.com
Where should I buy all
> my equipment?Again, 3 Rivers is a good source for most all supplies.
If anyone has answers to any of these questions, I
> would be grateful for your help. Thanks a bunch.Good luck. One piece of advice, watch closely that the full length of the feather touches the shaft before you start gluing.
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is correct if you feathers are 4" log or longer or if you use 5 degree
or greater offset on either side of the shaft centerline. I use 2 3/4"
fletching with 2.5 degree offset each side of the centerline (5 degree
total). This gives me the balance and spin I want without adding excess
drag. I find few archers beginning fletching to be using arrows which
require that much correction and are looking for a low drag design. They
also tend to experiment a lot with angles of attachment and direction of
spin. Left or right spin require left or right helical clamps
respectively. Which is why I recommend a straight clamp to start and the
ability to add helicals.
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Carolus von Eulenhorst
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On Sun, 31 Aug 2003 19:33:43 -0400 "Frederick Fenters"
> Bitzenberger is the top of the line. I disagree about using the________________________________________________________________
> straight clamp, though. Helical clamps give a truer curve to the
> feather and thus work better in the long run (IMHO)
> Padraig MacRaighne
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