Sent: Thursday, June 03, 2004 3:58 PM
Subject: Re: [SCA-Archery] Re: 'nother question....last one for a while, I promise!!!
Last weekend at the Midrealms Crown Tournament Nigel made every effort to
stress to me that arrows don't last. They break. They disappear. They are a
consumable item. "Don't get attached to them", he said. I'd still like to have ones
that will go straight, if I can manage to shoot correctly. I'd also like them
not to explode when I try to shoot them. That way I can tell the difference
between my own mistakes and wonky arrows.
We also got to see his crossbow, he even let me fire it once. My little boys
were deeply impressed. No doubt they will be making their own cross bows with
odd bits of wood, rubber bands, and pencils for arrows...again.
Yes to all of that, but OTOH.... don't be too discouraged. Last year (my first year of shooting), I made 18 arrows for Lilies War. This year's Lilies is comping up in a week and I still have 8 of them... I only made new ones to shoot last March. Our local archer marshal cites the rule of thumb, about a dozen a year.
Personally, I enjoy making arrows. I don't go to the lengths that some do in terms of spine and weight matching but I make good "practice" arrows with the cheap shafts from Three Rivers and the spine matching they do seems to work fairly well for me. Last year I got a half gross of "seconds" from another dealer. I am just now getting to the point where I'm better enough to notice the problems with the variance in spine/weight. I've had good luck with the 3Rivers shafts.
Johanna von Schöningen
Barony Coeur d'Ennui
mka Chris Mortimore
cmortimr at graceland dot edu