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Tapered Cedar Shafts

Messages posted to thread:
Carcajou 30-Aug-19
George D. Stout 30-Aug-19
Nemophilist 30-Aug-19
blind squirrel 30-Aug-19
Nemophilist 30-Aug-19
ottertails 30-Aug-19
GF 30-Aug-19
fdp 30-Aug-19
Stumpkiller 30-Aug-19
Archre167 31-Aug-19
The Lost Mohican 31-Aug-19
Bowguy 31-Aug-19
RymanCat 31-Aug-19
From: Carcajou
Date: 30-Aug-19

Been shooting em for years. Great arrow flight.

From: George D. Stout Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 30-Aug-19

Been shooting them off and on since the 1980's.

From: Nemophilist
Date: 30-Aug-19

Nemophilist's embedded Photo

I've been shooting tapered cedar arrows now and then for thirty-one years off of my Bear bows. Here is a picture of a few from the last dozen I built.

From: blind squirrel Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 30-Aug-19

Been shooting them also for 10 years very easy to tapper your own all you need is a small block plain n a 1by4 with a groove cut the middle great winter project

From: Nemophilist
Date: 30-Aug-19

Gregory, It's paint.

From: ottertails
Date: 30-Aug-19

ottertails's embedded Photo

Since the 80's here also. Shoot nothing but tapered woods. I used to use a block plane and jig but made this to speed things up. I also taper the point end on 23/64 shafts to 11/32 to make what's called a breasted shaft.

The one thing I miss about the block plane and jig are the cedar shavings...I have 2 big containers filled with them. Every now and then I open the lid to get a whiff....ah, no finer potpourri exists. :))

From: GF
Date: 30-Aug-19

“Honestly they shoot like darts...”

And to be equally honest… If you have ever seen me throw darts, you would understand why I’m not particularly moved by that comparison! LOL

I like tapered shaft for one very good and extremely silly reason… I just plain like a taker shaft upfront, but I really prefer a skinny or not between my fingertips. Mostly, I shoot tapered carbons (arrowdynamics trad lites) but you get the same benefit from woodies And I had a heckuva good time busting up a spine test kit from Wapiti a couple of years ago..

Lucky for me, I chanced upon a taper tool... just didn’t come with a plane. So I may get around to tapering my own, or I might just let the guys at Wapiti or Surewood do it for me.

Definitely looking forward to figuring out where I’m going to find time to start cobbling together my own wood arrows....

From: fdp
Date: 30-Aug-19

Tapered shafts are well with the effort in my mind.

From: Stumpkiller
Date: 30-Aug-19

I taper my Douglas fir and cedar shafts with a Dean Torges Bower's Edge tool. I think it makes enough of a difference in flight and penetration (in meat) to justify the effort.

From: Archre167
Date: 31-Aug-19

Agreed! I have shot them for 30 plus years too! just something about wood that is more appealing than the rest.

From: The Lost Mohican
Date: 31-Aug-19

"I taper my Douglas fir and cedar shafts with a Dean Torges Bower's Edge tool. "

X2 RIP DT. Thanks for the tool...... and the memories.


From: Bowguy Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member
Date: 31-Aug-19

I’ve shot them a long time and wouldn’t shoot anything else

From: RymanCat
Date: 31-Aug-19

Shot them for years when I shot kustom King exotics loved the most. I have about 100 shafts somewhere put away and I have a taper tool as well I never used too.

I love tapered but since got away from them in past several years.

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