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Offline Hawkdancer

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Re: Yaupon Shoot Arrows
« Reply #15 on: December 28, 2017, 07:59:30 pm »
Nice looking bundles of shafts! The other pics got " Bucketed"!  Sounds like you need to have a "hog hunting party"! (SH) (-_) (=) -C-!
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Offline txdm

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Re: Yaupon Shoot Arrows
« Reply #16 on: December 29, 2017, 04:45:25 am »
I'm at a phase where I decide to go shoot my newly made arrows. I get all geared up and after a few shots, I pop over to the shed and start tinkering with them...this one needs sanding, this one needs straightening. And then I decide to start a new one, and before long its dark and I only shot a few times.

I kinda like making arrows more than I like making bows. Surprisingly, I found that using a metal scraper instead of a belt sander is faster and less hazardous (to me and the arrows) when stripping the bark and shaping them.

Also, my 3D hog target ate one of my copper points.
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Offline Vgo750

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Re: Yaupon Shoot Arrows
« Reply #17 on: April 05, 2018, 09:15:26 pm »
I read you are an hour east of Austin? Wherabouts? My family just bought a ranch south of rockdale!

Offline txdm

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Re: Yaupon Shoot Arrows
« Reply #18 on: April 20, 2018, 08:53:08 am »
Updating this... my yaupon arrows are seemingly "lazy"... I mean some are rubbery enough that I can bend a shaft 180 degrees without it breaking, because the wood is just not stiff enough...and so they lack "spring".

Other arrows I've done from different woods have been stiffer, including a deciduous holly that grows among yaupons that is possibly possumhaw.

Should I try to dry the yaupons more in a heated box?

Offline DC

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Re: Yaupon Shoot Arrows
« Reply #19 on: April 20, 2018, 11:30:03 am »
You left the bark on, right? Maybe that's holding the moisture in.
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Offline txdm

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Re: Yaupon Shoot Arrows
« Reply #20 on: April 20, 2018, 12:00:51 pm »
I did leave the bark on while they stored for about a year before making.

I've got about 60 more shoots still with the bark on... so I should start stripping them, eh?

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Re: Yaupon Shoot Arrows
« Reply #21 on: April 20, 2018, 03:09:48 pm »
They should have dried in a year no matter what, I got nuthin' else
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Offline Pat B

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Re: Yaupon Shoot Arrows
« Reply #22 on: April 20, 2018, 04:27:49 pm »
I've heard(but not tried) that you can remove the bark from shoots but leave an inch or 2 at each end with the bark on. Supposedly the shoots won't check and dry faster. It would be worth trying with a few of these shoots.
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Offline Hawkdancer

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Re: Yaupon Shoot Arrows
« Reply #23 on: April 20, 2018, 09:07:50 pm »
I have a bunch of red osier that I cut and peeled last spring, left 3"-4"bark on each end.  They seem to have dried well.  Haven't noticed any checking.  But things dry very well out here!
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