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Main Discussion Area => Arrows-Sponsored by Khans Arrows => Topic started by: DC on October 17, 2020, 11:38:21 pm

Title: Stripping feathers
Post by: DC on October 17, 2020, 11:38:21 pm
I thought I would take another shot at this. I soaked the feather for about a half hour and then tried to strip the narrow side off. I got a great wide membrane with the fletch. What did I do wrong? It's better than I've ever had but not right I don't think.
Title: Re: Stripping feathers
Post by: Pat B on October 18, 2020, 07:57:36 am
That can easily be trimmed right off.
Try putting them in a plastic bag with a damp towel. It may take a few hours but maybe soaking in water is too much.
Title: Re: Stripping feathers
Post by: bjrogg on October 18, 2020, 08:33:20 am
I trim that off the side with a good scissors. At least if Iím looking at it correctly.
Bjrogg
Title: Re: Stripping feathers
Post by: artcher1 on October 18, 2020, 09:40:26 am
I never had much success striping feathers myself. Never really seen the logic of gluing/taping or tieing down a flat based fletch to a round shaft either. I made a jig using a straight clamp and sandpapered doweled to concave the base. And you can sand it down as close to the quick as you want to..........Art
Title: Re: Stripping feathers
Post by: DC on October 18, 2020, 10:36:06 am
Well now I'm torn between the two methods. I thought that stripping gave a better flatter(well, more square to the vane). My gut wants to go with Art but I've been a little chicken to grind them too close and the white spongy stuff shows. But, it looks like the stripped ones would sit closer to the shaft and be more attractive/aerodynamic. Maybe I'll experiment today.
Title: Re: Stripping feathers
Post by: DC on October 18, 2020, 10:40:36 am
That can easily be trimmed right off.
Try putting them in a plastic bag with a damp towel. It may take a few hours but maybe soaking in water is too much.

I did two feathers and did notice that the second one was a little better. I'll put some in a bag like you say. Maybe overnight to make sure they're hydrated.
Title: Re: Stripping feathers
Post by: DC on October 18, 2020, 10:42:09 am
I trim that off the side with a good scissors. At least if Iím looking at it correctly.
Bjrogg
It did trim off reasonably well but I thought it was a step I shouldn't have to take.
Title: Re: Stripping feathers
Post by: WhistlingBadger on October 18, 2020, 11:07:06 am
I've never had a problem stripping feathers.  I start at the back of the feather and just peel it off.  If the membrane comes off too wide I just trim it with a pair of embroidery scissors.
Title: Re: Stripping feathers
Post by: DC on October 18, 2020, 11:57:42 am
I've never had a problem stripping feathers.  I start at the back of the feather and just peel it off.  If the membrane comes off too wide I just trim it with a pair of embroidery scissors.

I guess it depends on what you class as "problems". I was always under the impression that stripping produces nice ready to use fletching. Nobody mentioned this problem. Now I find that other people do have this problem. It's just a minor issue so it doesn't get mentioned. It does move the balance between stripping and grinding though. :)
Title: Re: Stripping feathers
Post by: Pat B on October 18, 2020, 12:33:57 pm
Over the years I've stripped and ground feathers and decided I like grinding better. Don't ask why, it's just what I prefer.
Title: Re: Stripping feathers
Post by: JackCrafty on October 18, 2020, 12:54:31 pm
I just cut that part clean off. You only lose about an inch or so in fletch length.

Most turkey wing feathers are very long. If you need fletching that's 6" or more in length (for reproductions) it's better to grind anyway.
Title: Re: Stripping feathers
Post by: tradcraftsman on October 18, 2020, 01:01:06 pm
Grinding takes longer, but I generally use that method because the fletching is generally just a bit sturdier.  It's also easier to recycle, though ideally the arrow should outlive its feathers.