After listening to everyone's thoughts, I took my family out to the range last weekend and Shea drove another feather through her hand.
I went very slow, checked my form and technique and found this to be the problem:
1) when I drew the bow, I had a tendency to roll my fingers inward as i clutched the string.
This caused the string to roll counterclockwise and pull the arrow off the rest.
I would then twist my hand up to hold the arrow with my finger and when I released, the arrow would fall off the rest and caress my hand.
Normally this was unnoticed BUT when I had a vane that had a rough leading edge, it would scrape the hand and cause the injury.
Once I realized that was happening, I adjusted my technique to prevent the twist of the string and everything went well.
PLUS, I got better groupings<g>
2) With Shea's bow, she has no rest so I talked her into going with me to the Swap Meet (she hates swap meets but loves antique store) where I found an indian who was selling old western antiques, including a lot of antlers and turkey feathers (for art projects)
He had a box of antler pieces for $1 each scrap or $10 for the box (some 30 pieces that ranged from a couple inches to easily 8" so I bought the box so we could make her a rest with plenty of extras if we messed up.
3) He also had bags of turkey wing feathers, his brother was a hunter, but at $1 each, I could not afford any but thought about this.
Arizona has a Spring and Fall Turkey hunting season....
Some people in Tucson raise chickens, ducks and geese for eggs.
So I did a Craigslist search for Turkeys and found someone who sells turkey eggs...
...I sent her a letter asking if I could buy her wing feathers when they molted in the spring. Combined with the Goose feathers I will be getting from Colleen, I may have enough to do some decent fletching even if I ruin half my feathers.
...Just before the Spring turkey Season, I will post a message asking hunters to save for me the wing feathers.
IF you people out there have a turkey season or local farmers, you may wish to consider this as a means of collecting a steady supply of feathers!
Thank you for all the help!
And if the feathers thing works out, I can send a few off to people.
"Those who give up a little freedom in return for a little imagined security will soon find that they have neither."