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my first arrow
Mar 20th, 2009 at 10:02pm
 
this is the first arrow ive made that actually looks like an arrow Smiley
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Reply #1 - Mar 20th, 2009 at 10:03pm
 
this is the fletching they are roster feathers, they work quite well
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Reply #2 - Mar 20th, 2009 at 10:06pm
 
and the arrowhead, its a glass knapped arrowhead, excuse the poor quality of the photos, i only had my cellphone to take them
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Reply #3 - Mar 20th, 2009 at 11:23pm
 
they look pretty good.

Do they fly well? im assuming you made that arrow out of a dow joint?
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Reply #4 - Mar 21st, 2009 at 12:04am
 
im sorry what is a dow joint? im mexican, do you mean the shaft?  Smiley and I think it flies pretty nice, but i havent had a chance to test it correctly, and i am afraid to break the glass arrowhead
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Reply #5 - Mar 21st, 2009 at 2:41am
 
no, a dow joint is a piece of wood that is a straight,  pre made from what ever wood you like from the hardware store. Then, you can make the dow joint into an arrow shaft by putting the flething on.  It saves people from making arrow shafts from logs and branches.
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Reply #6 - Mar 21st, 2009 at 10:25am
 
a ok, thanks Smiley yeah it is a dow point, first i tried straightening a bamboo stick with heat by boiling some water and putting the stick over, but it broke when i tried straighrtening it Shocked
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Reply #7 - Mar 21st, 2009 at 7:02pm
 
I think the word you're looking for is "dowel".    Good dowel wood is hard to come by...Used to be the big hardware stores would carry "hardwood dowels" that were made of an Indonesian hardwood, Ramin.    Alas, no more...The tree is nearly extinct.

The only way to make good arrows from these dowels is to buy a ton of them and check them for grain structure and then sort them by spine.   You'd throw away most....

Better to just buy arrow-shaft material from an archery supplier.   All nicely spined and such for about 30.00 per dozen.

You can make your own, of course, but it's a bit of work.  You have to split straight-grained cedar, then work the square shafts down with a special planing jig, and then work them further using a spine tester to get arrows that shoot consistently.

Bamboo is used for arrows, but it works best if split and glued together as the Japanese used to.  A lot of work.    A better material is "River Cane" which grows wild over much of the states.   It's a thick-walled reed, related to bamboo, and it's pretty easy to reduce the nodes with a sharp knife and straighten over heat.
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