- Greetings to all Archers, Fletchers, Bowyers, and interested parties !
This is Eshtban from the Shire of Tre' Lac (San Angelo) in
Ansteorra. Just a short note to gather some info on how ya'lls (sorry -
you alls - guess I've been in West Texas too long <g, s>) prepare real
feathers - not horse feathers - after their removal from the willing /
unwilling donor. ie.: cutting out vs plucking out, any special
preparation or recipes used to metamorphosize the feathers into some
fine fletching, etc.
As an additional question, what were the results, if any, of not
using the suggested fletching patterns of right-wing for right draw and
left-wing for left draw. I have the three volumes of the "Bowyer's
Bibles", but this information was contradicted in two volumes; so how
about experiences from fellow Archers ? Not that I really mind making a
batch of arrows, actually I enjoy it but if there is no major
differences, perhaps I'll re-use / recycle my right-wings. I have been
considering becoming a "southpaw" shooter due to some grease and
bearings problems affecting my right draw. BTW, I am a longbow / flatbow
/ recurve-type archer.
Preserving the Archer's Deam.
Eshtban il Andalus
- Greetings Eshtban il Andalus
I remember a few fine days fly Tweets in and out of San Angelo Int.
Speaking of birds and wings and making things fly strait. Most of the
members of Havenholde make and use a lot of bolts and arrows see:
http://web.raex.com/~obsidian/scores.html and we do not see much difference
in right and left wing. We are all right handed and my crossbows are
ambidexterous(sp) (Joke). We use mostly left because we can get more colors
from Three Rivers: http://www.3riversarchery.com/ . Sorry I cnanot help you
much with feather prep... I am still trying to figure it out but I do know
that Goose feathers are best cut off(the geese like it better) as soon after
they grow in after molt. and are a lot softer than Turkey.
- Greetings, Eshtban & other friends -
I agree with what Streitan replied on this topic, and would add:
After "harvesting" the feathers, store with with mothballs to prevent them
being eaten by the parasites that live on them.
Right-wing for right-handed and left-wing for left-handed is nothing more
than "religion". Those who espouse it, believe it fervantly. In my
experience, it is not a necessary matching. What is important is that you
don't mix feathers of the two types on the same arrow or bolt -- as Master
David McDougall always said, "arrows can't flap when they fly"... Also,
if someone has been effectively shooting with one type of feather and
needs to switch to the other, they will probably need to adjust their
nocking point (so the new type of feather clears the rest properly). Of
course, the type of feather also affects the fletcher's jig set-up.
Li and I use left-wing feathers exclusively. We have found that they are
slightly less expensive. Our students and customers of both handedness
have had no trouble with left-wing fletch.
Good luck, and happy hunting!