So, I just spent the last little while starting on my first arrows. The shafts are bamboo (not dead/brittle) and I set out to begin straightening them. I don't have a heat gun (yet) and I've seen others use steam, so figured I'd give it a whirl. After beginning on a few shafts, I decided to go and and sand off the nodes before continuing on. I have a little belt sander and watched a video of a guy using one to help get the nodes down to size, so I went to it.
Honestly, I wasn't entirely sure how much to try and sand and perhaps that's part of my problem. It's entirely possible that I sanded a bit too much on some of the nodes... Anway, I took them back in, put them over my pot and came back here where I read the sticky on Home Depot bamboo arrows. I noticed he sanded the shafts after straightening. Is that the best way to go? The reason I ask is, after letting the shafts heat for a little while, I started trying to straighten them a bit and each one broke-at the node...
Are these still salvageable or was the strength compromised too much at the nodes when I sanded them down prior to straightening? I've seen some bamboo arrows that just seem ridiculously smooth/straight and am wondering if I'll end up there at all, looking at the beginning product. If these are pretty well shot, I don't suppose it's all that bad-they were REALLY cheap (read free). Thanks for any insights.