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Making wood arrows

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dnovo 02-Jan-22
Nemophilist 02-Jan-22
Riverwolf 02-Jan-22
dnovo 02-Jan-22
dnovo 02-Jan-22
Archre167 02-Jan-22
Scoop 02-Jan-22
dnovo 02-Jan-22
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Riverwolf 02-Jan-22
Brad 02-Jan-22
Sawtooth (Original) 02-Jan-22
ottertails 02-Jan-22
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Jon Stewart 02-Jan-22
ottertails 02-Jan-22
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dnovo 02-Jan-22
ottertails 02-Jan-22
George D. Stout 02-Jan-22
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Jim 02-Jan-22
Jon Stewart 02-Jan-22
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Yooper-traveler 02-Jan-22
Bill Rickvalsky 02-Jan-22
Brad 02-Jan-22
2 bears 02-Jan-22
George Tsoukalas 02-Jan-22
Jim Davis 02-Jan-22
RonG 02-Jan-22
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Wispershot 02-Jan-22
cut it out 02-Jan-22
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Andy Man 02-Jan-22
Moleman 1 02-Jan-22
Corax_latrans 02-Jan-22
Yooper-traveler 02-Jan-22
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Brad 02-Jan-22
Brad 02-Jan-22
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ottertails 02-Jan-22
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Sunset Hill 02-Jan-22
Boker 02-Jan-22
SaddleHill 03-Jan-22
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Douglas Tubbs 03-Jan-22
gifford 03-Jan-22
Nemophilist 03-Jan-22
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Juancho 03-Jan-22
Brad 04-Jan-22
Riverwolf 04-Jan-22
Live2Hunt 04-Jan-22
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Brad 04-Jan-22
dnovo 04-Jan-22
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Bob Rowlands 05-Jan-22
Brad 05-Jan-22
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Sawtooth (Original) 07-Jan-22
From: dnovo Professional Bowhunters Society - Qualified Member Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 02-Jan-22

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I see a lot of guys on here asking about making wood arrows. This is not a tutorial, but simply my thoughts on it. Some guys don't have any desire to shoot wood. Lots of newer guys haven't been exposed to them but are curious and would like to try them as part of their journey into traditional archery. Making wood arrows can be as complicated as you want to to be. If you are super anal about weights and spine, then maybe wood is not for you. I've been making wood arrows for myself for close to 40 years now and have collected the tools for the process. Spine tester, fletching jigs, taper tools, etc. My deal is that I really enjoy the process. I'm a carpenter by trade in my own business and I like wood. I do custom wood working, custom finished staircases along with general projects. So I'm a wood guy. So people are in too much a hurry. If you want arrows in an hour, this isn't for you. The process is part of my enjoyment of archery. I get a lot of enjoyment out of making and nice set of matched arrows and watching them fly. Sure I'll break some and lose some, but that only means I get to make more. I makje several dozen every year to donate at our annual UBM banquet. My process is to selct a dozen shafts within about 10 grains if possible in abouyt a 3# spine range. I stain them usually, let dry, them I dip them in sealer. I've been using Minwax oil based poly lately. I'll steel wool them between coats. Since I do this in my spare time this will take several days. If I want a crown dip I'll do that next. Last couple years I started using rattle can paint for that. But I don't do that very often. I will then crest them. Then I'll spine them again and mark each one for nock orientation. Glue my nocks on. Let set for a day so nocks won't shift when I fletch. Then I'll fletch them up. I mostly use full length feathers cut to my desire, then I burn them to shape I want. Since I know how I want them I'll now cut to length and taper for points. Select the points I want. Now I go shoot. This process is very rewarding to me. It will take a couple weeks but I enjoy the time spent on it. So guys, enjoy the journey. Nothing better than wood arrows out of a longbow!

From: Nemophilist
Date: 02-Jan-22

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dnovo X2. I've been making my own since 1988.

From: Riverwolf
Date: 02-Jan-22




I'm really wanting to jump back in this year. Now if I can just work a trade for a spine tester ;^))

I won't displace my 2018 arrows that have treated me excellently over all these years, but ....the fun of wood is a calling;)

From: dnovo Professional Bowhunters Society - Qualified Member Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 02-Jan-22

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I like making pretty arrows.

From: dnovo Professional Bowhunters Society - Qualified Member Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 02-Jan-22

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From: Archre167
Date: 02-Jan-22

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Agree x10! Been making arrows since the early 80's. Lots of feathers from past seasons. Enjoy the process, just don't make them as fancy now..

From: Scoop Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member
Date: 02-Jan-22




Nice dnovo! I have some woodies we made up over 55 years ago, if my grandkids and sons haven’t shot them all up. Dipped black with four fletch yellow feathers and Bear broadheads or blunts. Holy cow for ugly, but they worked.

Like you, now it is a labor of love, along with tying flies. The more I make the more I can lose and break and the more I can make. Yours are a work of art. You “done good.”

From: dnovo Professional Bowhunters Society - Qualified Member Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 02-Jan-22




That’s the cool thing. You can make them as fancy or plain as you want. For me I don’t do much crown dip anymore but I jazz up the cresting. Life’s too short to not shoot pretty arrows.

From: Nemophilist
Date: 02-Jan-22

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X2 with dnovo again. You can make them plain or fancy. Here are some of mine, some plain some fancy.

From: Riverwolf
Date: 02-Jan-22

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..I'll likely keep mine simple as well...clear coats...with Paints shirt Red vibe ;)

From: Brad
Date: 02-Jan-22

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Dnovo, You sound just like me, been doing about forty years myself...just plain fun. I think everyone should try it. Adds so much to the entire experience.

From: Sawtooth (Original) Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member
Date: 02-Jan-22




Wood arrows. How can you not love them? Those are very nice by the way. Good job Dnovo. Nothing is as relaxing to me as working cedar arrows and getting a beak full of that wonderful smell!

From: ottertails
Date: 02-Jan-22

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Great looking arrows guys. I agree with all the comments.... nothing like wood arrows. All I shoot is wood and always have.

Like dnovo, I bought or made all the tools in the early 80's. Various species but cedar is my favorite by far.

From: ottertails
Date: 02-Jan-22

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From: Jon Stewart
Date: 02-Jan-22

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I made these plain Jane's to a buyers spec and Mike Cook knapped the points.

These 3 arrows sold for $225.00 .

From: ottertails
Date: 02-Jan-22

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From: Jon Stewart
Date: 02-Jan-22

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Date: 02-Jan-22

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From: dnovo Professional Bowhunters Society - Qualified Member Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 02-Jan-22




Ottertails and Jon Stewart. That's what I'm talking about. Some mighty fine work there!

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Date: 02-Jan-22

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From: George D. Stout
Date: 02-Jan-22




Some folks make beautiful arrows, and I love looking at them, but I don't make those kind because I always seem to be in a hurry. I make arrows to shoot, mostly stumping, and I don't need pretty for that...so mine are rather crude when compared to some of the ones shown here. Bottom line is to make your own arrows, function is #1 anyway, and then work to how much foo-foo you like as you get into it. The best looking arrow is one in the gold, or one in the vital area of game.

From: Gray Goose Shaft
Date: 02-Jan-22




Beautiful work, thanks fellas.

From: Jim Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 02-Jan-22




Nice job guys!

From: Jon Stewart
Date: 02-Jan-22




The arrows I use are feathers on bare shafts. I can't do fancy paint like most of you guys.

The arrows I posted above was a special order with Mike. Some woman bought them for her husband to put on his desk at work in a clear vase. Instead of flowers I guess.

From: Riverwolf
Date: 02-Jan-22




Mighty fine work everyone !!!

From: Yooper-traveler
Date: 02-Jan-22

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Love making arrows.

From: Bill Rickvalsky
Date: 02-Jan-22




Although I've been shooting a lot longer I've only been making up my wood arrows for about 25 years or so. It looks like I need a lot more experience. That is some really nice work folks. I wish mine were even close. Time to order some more shafts so I can try harder.

From: Brad
Date: 02-Jan-22

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Den of the wood arrow addict

From: 2 bears
Date: 02-Jan-22




Nice write up/explanation. I really like the brown ones with yellow fletching. >>>----> Ken

From: George Tsoukalas
Date: 02-Jan-22




Enjoy! Those are beautiful arrows. Jawge

From: Jim Davis
Date: 02-Jan-22

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Here are some I made up some years ago. I don't use any paint anymore--just make them to shoot. I do make my own spruce shafts and will say I don't think there are any better.

From: RonG
Date: 02-Jan-22




Mr. Davis That is what I am setting up for to make my own shafts and not buy some and paint and fletch them. I have a couple hand scraped shafts and I haven't found any arrow that flies as well as those two.

From: bustedarrow2
Date: 02-Jan-22

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My most recent build. Its lots of work but very enjoyable.

From: Wispershot
Date: 02-Jan-22

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I get a lot of personal satisfaction making my own.

From: cut it out
Date: 02-Jan-22

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Yes making arras is very rewarding and fun. I get a lot of satisfaction hunting with them. Great cure for late winter cabin fever.

From: cut it out
Date: 02-Jan-22

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Date: 02-Jan-22

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From: Andy Man
Date: 02-Jan-22




cut it out- I really like those just stained ones different shaft stain and cap stain

classy looking I do them that way now

From: Moleman 1
Date: 02-Jan-22

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I marbled these. Other than that their just meat and taters arrows.

From: Corax_latrans
Date: 02-Jan-22




I’ve got my license for meat… But do you need a special permit for taters?

From: Yooper-traveler
Date: 02-Jan-22

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Some DFs

From: babysaph Professional Bowhunters Society - Qualified Member
Date: 02-Jan-22




very nice guys. I shout wood for years then carbons. Went to ASL longbow last year and got back into wood again.

From: mgmicky
Date: 02-Jan-22




Great looking arrows guys. I’m going to try making some myself this winter as soon as I get the remaining supplies needed. Do you guys have a good website or YouTube you can recommend for someone just getting started?

From: Brad
Date: 02-Jan-22




No right or wrong way to make them, just some basics regarding spine, how to straighten and when to taper. It’s a fun and rewarding journey...

From: Brad
Date: 02-Jan-22

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Primative

From: Batman
Date: 02-Jan-22




OH MY! Have to keep this thread going and going and going! GOOD HUNTING & BLESSED BE!

From: John mccabe
Date: 02-Jan-22

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I’m back to making some tapered cedars after shooting aluminum and Carbon for the last 20 years. I used to take the time to crown dip, crest and splice feathers. Now I’m into a clean classic look. Making these up for a Javelina hunt in a few weeks. I hate when I break them but I love smelling the cedar :)

From: ottertails
Date: 02-Jan-22

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Last batch I made for one of my grandsons...with field points, Ace blunts and judos.

From: ottertails
Date: 02-Jan-22

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And his broadhead arrows.

From: Moleman 1
Date: 02-Jan-22




Beautiful work everyone.

From: Sunset Hill
Date: 02-Jan-22

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Hill inspired... bottom arrow is an original Pearson-made Hill for his Safari. 2/3 white dip.

From: Boker
Date: 02-Jan-22




You guys are too talented. Beautiful work.

From: SaddleHill Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 03-Jan-22

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I am a big fan of simple as well. Beautiful arrows from everyone. Great thread

From: SaddleHill Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 03-Jan-22

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But do dress them up a little bit when I am in the mood.

From: Douglas Tubbs
Date: 03-Jan-22




Those are very nice Saddlehill. Orange naturals are my favorite. Great job.

From: gifford
Date: 03-Jan-22




My hat is off to all you gents that can craft arrows that are a work of art. Simply outstanding. thanks for posting.

From: Nemophilist
Date: 03-Jan-22

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Nothing like a well-made pretty wood arrow. Looks good and shoots straight.

From: cobra
Date: 03-Jan-22




Wood arrows. I like everything about them. Making them is a great extension of the hobby. I think I will try someself-fashioned metal points and stone arrowheads this winter...just for Lookin at.

From: Juancho
Date: 03-Jan-22




I am trying to do it the REALLY hard way. I am waiting now for the wood to dry after cutting an ash three and cutting the boards from which I will make the shafts to make the arrows. Why? because I need a ridiculous spine, out of the charts. I need spine of about 240 to 170 (carbon arrows). I had a guy in Oregon make some very heavy spine wood shafts for me , and the 120# spine almost blew up in the air. The 90# spine broke in half at about 3 feet in front of the bow in mid flight. That is what happens when your draw length is over 31" and shoot 70+ pounds . I will work the spine by starting at 1/2 inch diameter , and drop it down by 1/64" at a time , until I get close , and from there , taper the last 10 inches .

From: Brad
Date: 04-Jan-22

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Good to have a lot on hand, for the day that new bow arrives. Then you can try different weights and spines...that’s the beauty for making your own.

From: Riverwolf
Date: 04-Jan-22




NICE ;)

From: Live2Hunt
Date: 04-Jan-22




Brad, nice slot car track!!! Arrows also.

From: the Black Spot
Date: 04-Jan-22




Seeing a bundle of arrows is just,well, art that sooths the soul.

From: Brad
Date: 04-Jan-22




Sixty years old and still enjoy slot car racing, fun with the grandsons during our long U.P. Winters

From: dnovo Professional Bowhunters Society - Qualified Member Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 04-Jan-22




Brad, Looks like you're running low. I have somewhere around 200+ fletched and with a variety of points here. Never know when you might need a bunch.

From: Brad
Date: 04-Jan-22

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I’m laughing dnovo, we have a “sickness”...I have a whole shop full. I am down to about 40 or 50 dozen unfinished shafts, I might run out in the next ten or so years ??

From: Live2Hunt
Date: 05-Jan-22




Brad, we are from the same era and age, we had a slot car set like that when we were kids. Fun stuff.

From: Bob Rowlands
Date: 05-Jan-22




Ha! That's a cool looking track. My HO track and cars are boxed up now since grandsons are into teens and vid games. Back in 65-66 I had 1/32 and 1/24 slot cars, and all us boys ran them on huge commercial tracks. Slot cars were at their peak and the coolest thing there was.

I make and shoot wood arrows exclusively since 2004.

From: Brad
Date: 05-Jan-22

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Yes Bob, We ran the 1/32 cars at our local track too. Then cars, girls and bow hunting , kinda took over...not necessarily in that order

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Date: 05-Jan-22

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From: Bob Rowlands
Date: 05-Jan-22




That's definitely one of the cooler home tracks, Brad. Thanks for photos. Nice bow and arrow stash too.

From: babysaph Professional Bowhunters Society - Qualified Member
Date: 05-Jan-22




Nice. I had one of those too. wish I would have kept it.

From: dnovo Professional Bowhunters Society - Qualified Member Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 05-Jan-22




Brad That’s me too. I have about 50 dozen cedar shafts here.

From: AK Pathfinder
Date: 06-Jan-22

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I might be a bit addicted to wood arrows. Most of these were made using Jim Davis's designed dowelling jig. I think I have 20 dozen right now and the tubes to the left are full of shafting waiting to be arrows. I'm not sure, but I think you can't have too many ready to use.

From: monkeyball
Date: 06-Jan-22




Some beautiful work guys. Anybody put full height feathers on and then do the burn?

From: Brad
Date: 06-Jan-22




I burn all of mine

From: AK Pathfinder
Date: 06-Jan-22




Burning all of mine, I cut them to the end length first then smoke them.

From: Bob Rowlands
Date: 06-Jan-22




AK thet's some nice work there, dude.

From: Bob Rowlands
Date: 06-Jan-22




AK thet's some nice work there, dude.

From: Bob Rowlands
Date: 06-Jan-22




? hmmm...

From: static
Date: 07-Jan-22

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Nice stuff posted and I too enjoy building wood arrows but my approach is more necessity than beauty. I've found using True-Oil gunstock finish give a very tough skin to arrows over all the poly stuff I've used. I fletch my fletching direct to bare wood. Then spray paint my cap. Let dry and work the stiffness out of the fletchings. This process adds a bit of water protection as well.

From: Snow Crow
Date: 07-Jan-22




static, How are you getting that marble finish?

From: Sawtooth (Original) Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member
Date: 07-Jan-22




Interesting process you got there static, but it makes sense. Those arrows look really good.





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