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Re: [SCA-Archery] Re: Making arrows in the woods

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  • Carolus
    Splitting works better than sawing for shafts. A split will follow the grain and give a more consistent shaft. Sawing can cut the grain at an angle which may
    Message 1 of 6 , Mar 2, 2010
      Splitting works better than sawing for shafts. A split will follow the
      grain and give a more consistent shaft. Sawing can cut the grain at an
      angle which may leave a weak point in the shaft allowing it to break on
      release producing a sharp and jagged end which can cause serious injury.
      Carolus

      RJ Bachner wrote:
      > Greetings from southern Quebec.
      >
      > Locally you may find bushy plants like red osier" growing all about your
      > area or something like it. It works great as a self arrow but it is a lot of
      > work getting it ready. There is also all the options already listed as well
      > as white ash saplings, raspberry and many others. (don't use Staghorn Sumac
      > no matter how straight it seems, bad idea trust me.)
      >
      > If you have access to a table saw then the possibilities become many.
      > Depending on your draw weight good white pine, many spruces, BC Fir or sitka
      > spruce can be had at your local Cabinet makers lumberyard.
      >
      > What you are looking for is grain that runs straight down the shaft with as
      > little run off as possible. You want clean grain, no knots, pins or twists.
      >
      > The grain lines in softwood should be fine and many. The more rings per inch
      > the denser and therefore stiffer the wood is likely to be, though there
      > might be some exceptions. (for hardwood the exact opposite is normally true)
      >
      > Be prepared to make a sh*t load of shafts to get many matching shafts.
      >
      > For more help, email me directly I would love to chip in or look up
      > Paleoplanet on google. Great help they will be.
      >
      >
      > Ragi
      >
      >
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