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