- From : Odessa Valyrion
*walks in with DIY bow* Ok listen up punks, last time we made a bow. But a bow is just a branch and some string, it’s in no way a weapon with…. Aah yes, something to launch at them meat puppets.
The art of making your own arrows is one of the most useful archer skill. It may even be more important than a great aim. Because when you ain’t got arrows, being good at aiming them is no use now is it! After today’s DIY you’ll have the powerful ability, to take natural resources and mold them into a highly useful survival tool. And for those who know how to aim: a deadly one as well.
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Regardless of whether your motivation to make your own arrows is focused on self-reliance, as a fun hobby, or to just impress your friends, the following instructions will show you step by step how to do it right. But before we can make an arrow, we need to fully understand the basic parts that make up an arrow.
Luckily arrows aren’t rocket science, they are quite simple. You got your arrow head, the shaft ,the flight or fletching and the nock.
At the leading tip of an arrow is the “arrowhead”. This is the deadly sharp tip that does the real damage. It can be skinny, broad, and normally made out of stone or metal. But the good ones are razor sharp and can penetrate deep into your intended target. The Shaft The next part of an arrow is the “shaft”. As the name implies, it’s the long skinny part of the arrow that attaches the arrowhead and the fletchings. You can think of the arrow shaft similar to the chassis of a car. It’s not sexy but holds everything together. Which leads us to part 3.
Fletchings are small elements found at the back of an arrow shaft that serve to increase the accuracy of the arrow by adding a bit of drag to the arrow's flight. Traditionally made from feathers, fletchings today are produced from a wide array of natural products, plastics, and metals. Besides serving an important utilitarian purpose, fletchings also serve as decorations used to distinguish one batch of arrows from another. For my fletchings I like to use duct tape as a base.
Lastly is the nock. The nock is a small “notch” at the base of the arrow where the bowstring and the arrow meet. A proper notch is essential for the bowstring to fire the arrow. Without a notch at the back end of the arrow, the full force of the bowstring release would not completely transfer to the arrow. The bottom line is the notch is critical for bow and arrow performance
So let’s get to the actual DIY shall we?
The Arrow head is usually made from obsidian, flint etc, but as those things aren’t in my cupboards I simply like to sharpen the tip from my shafts and turn them into arrowheads. Use your pocket knife. But, if you got time and want to do it right an arrowhead made from the right material is crucial for getting deadly ammo. But today I will not show you this technique yet. I will get back to this some other time when I have the right materials!
In my DIY I used premade shafts, but you can easily rather them yourself. Just find a sturdy twig and make sure it is straight and as symmetric as possible. You will want to cut off any access, but that’s all it takes. Do check if it’s round and the end is somewhat flat. The other side (like the end away from the tree) is the place you will cut into the tip, so it can’t be flimsy, lean and bendy. The entire twig should be at least as thick as let’s say your index finger. If it’s thinner it isn’t good enough.
Fletching them flights:
1. Decide whether you want straight fletchings, off-set fletchings, or helical fletchings and adjust your jig accordingly.
As you can see you can place them straight, diagonal and like a helix. Today I will show you straight fletching.
2. Measure 1 1/2 inches (or 35 mm) in from the end of the arrow shaft. 4. take duct tape and cut it in the right length. You need about 6 for every arrow.
3. Fix them fetchings
chose to go ahead and stick the two pieces together leaving about a 1/4 inch of sticky side exposed. Then I applied this to the arrow. You can also take one strip (vane in archer language) and attach it, you then attach the other one directly on the arrow . Be careful once it sticks it can’t get off. I’ve ruined many arrows and tons of tape this way.
Here you see how you can attached the duct tape to the shaft.
Now trim it carefully
Nock the arrow.
Take a knife and cut a slit at the end without the arrowhead to make the nock. This will help the string guide the arrow.
Now all you need to do is test it with your bow. Be sure to test it on a target that is safe. So no testing on animals or other humans!
See you next time in another awesome DIY session
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