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Bows / Re: Any tips for beginner? (board Bow)
« Last post by Deerhunter21 on Today at 10:36:11 am »
OK I'll try that
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Flight Bows / Re: Vellum fletching
« Last post by PatM on Today at 10:33:07 am »
  It would depend on how stiff it is per  thickness.   But if it's not real vellum then there's probably dozens of other materials that would match it.

 Not sure if you're trying to be authentic or just experimenting with solid fletching material.
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Bows / Re: Any tips for beginner? (board Bow)
« Last post by bradsmith2010 on Today at 10:01:34 am »
I size them smaller on my computer
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Arrows / Re: Two feather fledged white ash arrow with obsidian point
« Last post by DC on Today at 09:35:26 am »
You can straighten feathers with an iron if that would help. Just use the tip of the iron on the "cotton" setting. Don't know what would happen if they got wet after straightening them though. Just do a Google search on "straightening feathers".
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Arrows / Re: Two feather fledged white ash arrow with obsidian point
« Last post by Hawkdancer on Today at 09:00:56 am »
Pat,
Do you hydrate the feathers by just wetting the quill to soften it, or is it more of a soaking?

Phillip,
Can't wait to see the whole set!  I plan to use the 2 fletch on the set I am making for my land owner who lets me cut/gather from her place.  I like the loose tip idea!  Hope I saved the tail feathers from our fall birds!
Hawkdancer
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Bows / Re: Any tips for beginner? (board Bow)
« Last post by Deerhunter21 on Today at 08:40:44 am »
Thanks for the help guys! Im almost done but my pictures are too big any tips for that and if I figure it out ill send the pics!  :BB
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Bows / Re: ocean spray bow shape
« Last post by DELTA_WOLF on Today at 08:37:53 am »
would bitter cherry be good for a bow as it is a fruit tree and it can be backed by its bark
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Bows / Re: Any tips for beginner? (board Bow)
« Last post by Hawkdancer on Today at 08:37:25 am »
25 mm to the inch" is close enough for government work!  There are a few loose thousandths, but they shouldn't affect bowmaking too much!  I'm with Pat, I"ll stick with inches.  Btw, welcome aboard!
Hawkdancer
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Bows / Re: Stave harvesting tips and tricks in Nebraska
« Last post by Hawkdancer on Today at 08:30:19 am »
DH,
Should have plenty of hickory and Osage, maple, various fruit trees, maybe persimmon.  Other woods may be  within driving distance.  There are several bowyer/members you should chime in!  I left the region many years ago.
Hawkdancer
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Arrows / Re: Growing arrow shafts in pnw
« Last post by DC on Today at 08:30:14 am »
Red Osier Dogwood is good. There is also an ornamental called "Beauty Bush" (Kolkwitzia amabilis). It's a beautiful thing so your neighbors won't mind. It has nice  straight shoots. Takes a few years to get growing

https://www.primitivearcher.com/smf/index.php/topic,60454.msg843218.html#msg843218

I have a Hazel in my yard  but the shoots seem to have too much taper and I've been letting then grow to make bows. I planted a bamboo, I used " Fargesia scabrida", it's a clumping bamboo that is not supposed to spread. It started as a 2' clump and it's 4' across after about 5 years. Looks like it will make nice arrows though. Still, it's going to be a pain to dig it out if it keeps spreading. If I was to do it again I would use garden center bamboo stakes for bamboo arrows and not plant any bamboo anywhere.
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