When Bill Brown put fingers to keys it was 4/30/07 7:50 PM...
> Though I have only had the opportunity to fletch with turkey feathers once
> from a bird I killed I was shown a pretty effective and simple way of
> removing the fletching you want off of a raw feather. It was shown to me
> that if you grab a pinch near the tip in both directions and pull apart,
> like a wishbone one side gives and begins to peal off of the "stalk" of the
> feather. What's cool is the hard undersurface of most fletching is gone; it
> is with this hard part of a hand cut arrow stem that you run the real risk
> of shooting a fletching through your hand. These soft sided feathers are
> placed in a jig and glued to the shaft (or tied for that period look). What
> is on the shaft (after trimming with hair cutting shears) everything away
> that doesn't look like the arrow fletching you desire) is a smooth
> transition from shaft to feather. Not to mention I think I get better glue
> coverage this way. Removing these once glued is another story.lol
Yes, yes, yes.
Practice on some of the lesser feathers first. I've found that with the
moulted feathers I use that I want to pull away and down toward the
in-side of the feather. Experiment with different grips and directions
Fresher is better, strip the feathers as soon as you can. Use the quills
to make friends with calligraphers.
That I strip the feathers this way is part of how I get away with
shooting off my hand with neither a glove, nor fear.
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