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How to Vid: Otzi the Iceman Arrow
Mar 10th, 2012 at 3:34pm
 
Part one of three on how to make an Otzi-ish arrow.  Not much new for most of the folks on here, but sitll a good video.  Give it a look.  I didn't know about the birch tar, and am going to try and make some tonight.  I hope it works; I don't have any pine trees to tap for pitch...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EoNmUJWNCMw&feature=related
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Re: How to Vid: Otzi the Iceman Arrow
Reply #1 - Mar 10th, 2012 at 6:31pm
 
I have seen the birch tar thing before, never tried it though, let us know how it works.

This guy seems to know what he's doing, very impressive craftmanship. I personaly think the full length birch tar coat plus barber pole wrapped with sinew was a little bit overkill but I am sure there was some reasoning behind it. Normaly when I do arrows I just have a little glue at the front and bacl and then wrap with sinew on the ends and if I really need to I'll tie a short lenght one time around the middle. It also gives a pretty realistic view of primitive bow hunting. Although he didin't get a deer I guaranty you he leanred and enjoyed the hunt more than any compound shooter up high in a tree.
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I was pretty good at slinging like 10 years ago.
 
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Reply #2 - Mar 12th, 2012 at 12:10pm
 
Very nice, lots of detailed work shown up close and explained quite well.  I am still going to stick with river cane and a Southeastern fletch.

Canada geese molt in late April through May, if you have a non migrating flock, that is the time to go to the park and pick up your feathers.  Put them in bag and put them in the freezer for a week or ten days, take them out for 72 hours, then put them back in for another week. 

A lot of times, there will be mites on the feathers, the freezing will kill them, the pause will let any eggs on the feather hatch and refreezing will kill the next batch before they mature and lay their eggs.  The mites won't hurt you or your pets unless you keep birds but they will eat the feathers and any other feathers or quill work you have around.
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