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Main Discussion Area => Arrows-Sponsored by Khans Arrows => Topic started by: eastcreekarchery on October 19, 2020, 09:51:30 am

Title: Blackberry natural shafts?
Post by: eastcreekarchery on October 19, 2020, 09:51:30 am
Anyone have experience with em?
Title: Re: Blackberry natural shafts?
Post by: Pat B on October 19, 2020, 11:00:32 am
Blackberry canes might make an arrow but I think you would have a better option. Where do you live?
Title: Re: Blackberry natural shafts?
Post by: eastcreekarchery on October 19, 2020, 11:24:46 am
im in NY. Was asking because we have some monstrous blackberry bushes that need pruning.
Title: Re: Blackberry natural shafts?
Post by: Hawkdancer on October 19, 2020, 12:34:06 pm
Wear very heavy gloves! >:D. Regardless!  If I remember correctly, blackberry is very pithy.
Hawkdancer
Title: Re: Blackberry natural shafts?
Post by: Pat B on October 19, 2020, 02:22:58 pm
You could cut them, scrape the thorns off, split into narrow strips, soak in water and weave them into a quiver.
 If you don't already know blackberries are biennial, meaning they grow vegetatively the first year and flower and fruit the second so if you cut them all down you won't have blackberries next year. Only cut the canes that fruited this year.
 I'd bet you could find red osier dogwood somewhere near you and it makes great arrow shafting. Maybe one of the viburnums too.
Title: Re: Blackberry natural shafts?
Post by: TimBo on October 19, 2020, 02:25:11 pm
Blackberry is going to be too light and pithy.  I cut some once thinking it was wild rose, and was very disappointed!
Title: Re: Blackberry natural shafts?
Post by: tradcraftsman on October 19, 2020, 06:54:16 pm
The one upside is that the shafts have preinstalled points >:D.  Their bad enough when harvesting the fruit; I don't relish harvesting them for the sticks.
Title: Re: Blackberry natural shafts?
Post by: Hawkdancer on October 20, 2020, 01:31:44 am
Not only too pithy, the darned seeds stick in my teeth!  But they do make good pie - the berries, that is, especially with heated with ice cream on top!  However, I prefer blueberries for pie and red osier for shafts! >:D
Hawkdancer
Title: Re: Blackberry natural shafts?
Post by: GlisGlis on October 20, 2020, 03:27:46 am
they make good hand friction fire spindles (take off thorns first  (lol) )