How Do You Build An Archery Arrow?
Many traditional bow archers not only enjoy the primitive equipment of their sport, but they also often enjoy making it themselves. Though making your own archery arrows may take some practice, it can be a highly rewarding and therapeutic art. Split the dry log into square pieces close to the thickness you would like your arrows to be. Whittle the wood sections down until they are rounded. Sand the rounded shafts until they are completely smooth. Remember that the tiniest bumps in the wood will catch the air, causing the arrow to wobble when fired. Cut a shallow groove on one end of the shaft to create the nock. Varnish the shafts. This seals the wood and keeps it from absorbing moisture and warping. Remove the base of the feather quill, just under the plume. Split the quill in half lengthwise. Trim the quill until it lays flat against the wood, making sure the leading end of the feather is as thin as possible. Note the natural cup shape of the feather. Some feathers will have a natura