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Offline txdm

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Yaupon Shoot Arrows
« on: February 19, 2017, 09:30:12 am »
Most of my land is prairie fields, but there's a wet weather creek that runs through the middle, and all around it is a thicket of yaupons and greenbriar, mixed into the post oaks, ashe-juniper and a few mulberries.



I didn't get a close pic of the thickest part of the yaupons, but you can see some of the green in the background area. There's also a nice mature yaupon getting some sun on the left in front of that juniper.

The thicket gets tight enough for crawling room only, and that's where the straightest shoots are. It's easy to imagine the original natives would have sent their youngsters in to collect the shoots. My arms look like I got into a tussle with a raccoon after all those greenbriars were done with me.

The first day I went out it was about 5:30pm, and I was eager to get some nice shoots. A pack of hogs was tramping through the leaves about 100yards away, but the brush was too thick to see them. Their racket urged me to keep moving when they sounded closer... both of our paths were leading down to the creek bed. Because I was just a little rushed, the first day's harvest was a bunch of so-so shoots that needed straightening, and some might end up too short.

The next day I set out earlier while the hogs were still sleeping. Without that added pressure I was more comfortable taking my time and crawling into the thick brush to look for the "Grade-A" stuff.

I ended up with 70-80 shoots, mostly Yaupon, along with some Possumhaw Holly (which is like a deciduous yaupon, and not the same as possumhaw viburnum), American Beautyberry (which straightens really well), and one straight shoot of Hercules Club that looked too good to pass on.



The "Grade-A" bundle were all long and straight enough to bind as they were. I built a fire with deadfall in the Webber to straighten the rest.

My end arrows would be 29-31" long, turkey feather fletchings from my own birds, and tips made from spent 7.62x39 steel casings

For now, the bundles are set aside to dry. I might glue the ends on the short ones to hopefully save their length. I'll update this thread as these progress.

Thanks for looking.
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Offline Pat B

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Re: Yaupon Shoot Arrows
« Reply #1 on: February 19, 2017, 10:31:42 am »
I've never used yaupon but I think Patrick(Jackcrafty) has. He may even done a build along.
 Like most hollies don't strip the bark too soon or they will check.  I've heard you can strip all but the last inch on each end and it will prevent checking while drying but I haven't tried it.
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Re: Yaupon Shoot Arrows
« Reply #2 on: February 19, 2017, 11:14:31 am »
Thanks Pat. I'm following Hamm's Native American Bows and Arrows, and plan on leaving all the bark on until they are super dry.

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« Reply #3 on: February 19, 2017, 11:17:46 am »
I've never used it either but it certainly looks promising. Like to see the end product some day.
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Re: Yaupon Shoot Arrows
« Reply #4 on: February 19, 2017, 11:19:06 am »
PS maybe you can harvest one of those hogs with one.
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Re: Yaupon Shoot Arrows
« Reply #5 on: February 19, 2017, 11:23:53 am »
PS maybe you can harvest one of those hogs with one.
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« Reply #6 on: February 19, 2017, 11:31:37 am »
PS maybe you can harvest one of those hogs with one.
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Txdm I'll be routing for you
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Re: Yaupon Shoot Arrows
« Reply #7 on: February 19, 2017, 11:58:29 am »
They look like they have a lot of taper, or is that just the camera? You might make some nice barrelled shafts from them.
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Re: Yaupon Shoot Arrows
« Reply #8 on: February 19, 2017, 12:13:25 pm »
I've never used yaupon but I think Patrick(Jackcrafty) has. He may even done a build along.

Just found the videos, thanks!

They look like they have a lot of taper, or is that just the camera? You might make some nice barrelled shafts from them.

Some of them are tapered a lot. They often grow with a little bend close to the ground. I went ahead and cut them low with that little bit to have extra wood for checking as it dries.

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Re: Yaupon Shoot Arrows
« Reply #9 on: February 20, 2017, 07:47:40 am »
I've made and used Yaupon Holly for arrows and they are great. Leave the bark on or they well check. They are very tough, polish up beautifully, they stay straight, heat temper well and are heavy hunting weight shafts. I've found that a barrel taper has worked best for me. I have a couple at the house I'm working on, I'll post some pics tonight.

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Re: Yaupon Shoot Arrows
« Reply #10 on: February 23, 2017, 01:00:33 pm »


Here's a couple Yaupon shafts I'm working on, did more of a straight taper on these, 28 1/2" to the base of the point, 100-125 gr trade points with a total weight of 600 gr. I'll use sinew, hide glue and turkey fletching...probably a little modern paint.
I forgot to mention that you can heat temper around the point before you stain, sinew, glue, paint, and attach your point. It makes the base around the point extremely durable. 
You can also heat temper mid shaft to raise the spine if you need to.
 


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Re: Yaupon Shoot Arrows
« Reply #11 on: February 23, 2017, 01:11:04 pm »

You can also heat temper mid shaft to raise the spine if you need to.
 

Those look great, and this will be a useful tip no doubt. Thanks!

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Re: Yaupon Shoot Arrows
« Reply #12 on: February 26, 2017, 07:36:55 pm »
Where you at in TX, I have gathered yopon before. But I have seen thunders and ther are good arrows.

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Re: Yaupon Shoot Arrows
« Reply #13 on: February 27, 2017, 06:26:45 am »
I'm about an hour east of Austin.

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Re: Yaupon Shoot Arrows
« Reply #14 on: December 28, 2017, 11:02:51 am »

Here's a couple Yaupon shafts I'm working on, did more of a straight taper on these, 28 1/2" to the base of the point, 100-125 gr trade points with a total weight of 600 gr. I'll use sinew, hide glue and turkey fletching...probably a little modern paint.
I forgot to mention that you can heat temper around the point before you stain, sinew, glue, paint, and attach your point. It makes the base around the point extremely durable. 
You can also heat temper mid shaft to raise the spine if you need to.


Hey Thunder, I'm on my 5th yaupon arrow so far. Could you provide an explanation on how you temper them for stiffness? BTW, if you want, I'd be happy to host your images.