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Re: [SCA-Archery] Arrow making

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  • James W. Pratt, Jr.
    I guess in OHIO Lowes is different. I built a 24X40 foot two story with basment workshop with 80% of the wood comming from Lowes and most of it was nice
    Message 1 of 11 , Feb 27, 2006
      I guess in OHIO Lowes is different. I built a 24X40 foot two story with
      basment workshop with 80% of the wood comming from Lowes and most of it was
      nice lumber(not furniture grade but) good building grade.

      James Cunningham
      P.S. The rest of the wood came direct from the saw mill.
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      From: "Carolus von Eulenhorst" <eulenhorst@...>
      To: <SCA-Archery@yahoogroups.com>
      Sent: Monday, February 27, 2006 10:15 AM
      Subject: RE: [SCA-Archery] Arrow making


      > .Another concern I have is with your choice of Lowe's itself. I have
      > tried to buy ordinary lumber from them several times in the last year
      > or so only to go elsewhere because the quality was so bad I wouldn't
      > use it for firewood. I will not allow dowel arrows on a range under
      > my control unless it is a solitary, very experienced arrow maker and
      > he acknowledges with a separate waiver the dangers. Your Lowe's may
      > differ, California seems to draw the shoddiest in business practices
      > and products.
      > Carolus
      >
      > At 06:17 AM 2/27/2006, you wrote:
      >
      > > >> I'm curious for anyone out there who makes their own arrows, can
      > > >> dowel rods from any Lowes be used? I know they could have bowing or
      > > >> imperfections, but I was curious if they would work for inexpensive
      > > >> arrows if you can find some that are straight (both for target
      > > >> practice, and for practicing making arrows :)
      > >
      > > > The quick answer is yes. As long as they are stiff enough not to
      > > > explode on release they should work. However there is a lot to
      > > > making arrows work well aside from straightness. Correct spine for
      > > > your bow is important and the mass weight of each finished arrow
      > > > should be at least as close as possible. This is not that easy to
      > > > do with dowels from a hardware store.
      > > >
      > > > That being said, with care and time and the right info you can make
      > > > great arrows this way. Especially if they are for a low weight bow.
      > >
      > >There is another issue relating to how dowels are made. Arrow shafts
      > >are draw milled, which means that they are pulled through the milling
      > >machinery from the front end. It takes specialized equipment and is
      > >what makes arrow shafts more expensive than dowel. Push milling, which
      > >is how regular dowel is made, puts more stress on the wood and creates
      > >weaknesses in the grain. The wood used in dowels is also weeaker than
      > >the wood used in arrow shafts. Spine (stiffness) only applies to
      > >resistance to bending, not resistance to breaking. Dowels are far
      > >easier to break than arrow shafts. I wouldn't trust them.
      > >
      > >canute
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