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arrows, first steps

Some of you have listened to me rattle on for some time now on this subject. After a long period of hurry up and wait things are falling into place for me. I’ve moved into my new place in Vancouver. I have all my tools at hand and I have space to work now. Over the last few weeks I’ve been collecting a few more odds and ends. Now I have everything I need. I’d started reading up on making wooden arrows months ago. After a certain amount of study the only thing left is to give it a try. I have these arrow heads from a weekend of work with Hector Cole over in England last year. They have been quietly tucked away and waiting on me. Now I have everything else needed to turn them into something that I hope will be rather special. Some shafts of douglas fir with wonderfully straight grain. Turkey feathers for the fletchings. Natural silk thread for wrapping and of course the nocks. I’ve just sanded and lacquered the shafts after cutting them to length and shaping the ends to test fit the nocks and arrow heads. Looking forward to bonding them on after the lacquer has dried. Baby steps. I’ll post a few photos of the process as it moves along.

arrowheads

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