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Offline Scyth

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Re: Vellum fletching
« Reply #15 on: February 16, 2019, 07:10:24 pm »


. . . here is how you shape the shaft & the nock . . .


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Offline PatM

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Re: Vellum fletching
« Reply #16 on: February 17, 2019, 05:52:08 am »
You would be wise  to set the arrows up for your style of shooting.    Also vellum is rawhide.  You can just use some thin hard rawhide and sand it to your desired thickness.

Offline JNystrom

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Re: Vellum fletching
« Reply #17 on: February 17, 2019, 06:08:02 am »
What Pat said.

I have a hard time believing the fletchings will stay on the shaft if there is no groove or the vellum is not split to widen the base. I use the groove method with superglue and it works well.
But sure, turks did sinew bind the nock before fletching. However, did they split the base to widen the glue surface?

Offline Scyth

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Re: Vellum fletching
« Reply #18 on: February 17, 2019, 10:16:07 am »
Turkish flight arrows . . .

http://margo.student.utwente.nl/sagi/artikel/turkish/


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Offline DC

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Re: Vellum fletching
« Reply #19 on: February 17, 2019, 07:39:26 pm »
Does he have real vellum or the fake stuff?

It's real calf hide. He's going to send me some. If it's too thin maybe I can laminate a couple of pieces. I do have a piece of rawhide that BowEd sent me. It's about .060" thick so I would have to sand it.
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Offline Scyth

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Re: Vellum fletching
« Reply #20 on: February 20, 2019, 10:32:47 pm »
Aha !

Got the reference . . .

“The Turkish arrow from Okcu Bekir uses Ahari (traditional Turkish calligrapher's paper... "of ahar").  It is only used for Menzil/Flight arrows.

Ahari is paper brushed with an egg++ mixture, then when dry; burnished.  This material may reduce the parasitic drag. ”


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Offline stuckinthemud

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Re: Vellum fletching
« Reply #21 on: February 25, 2019, 02:49:20 pm »
Scyth, thanks for posting that paper,  do you agree the original arrows' nocks were 3 piece assemblies - I can't imagine that gluing the 'blades' of the nock was strong enough, even with the sinew wrapping, it seems from your photo that you carve the nocks directly into the end of the arrow shaft. They are very,very nice work, most inspirational!

Offline DC

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Re: Vellum fletching
« Reply #22 on: February 28, 2019, 06:00:09 pm »
I got the vellum. It's .008"(.2mm). It's fairly stiff. Do you think I should laminate two pieces together?
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Offline Scyth

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Re: Vellum fletching
« Reply #23 on: February 28, 2019, 08:40:07 pm »
I got the vellum. It's .008"(.2mm). It's fairly stiff. Do you think I should laminate two pieces together?

DC -

I wouldn’t . . .

the lighter the better (glue is HEAVY).

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Scyth

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and I will carry on my work a long as I can . . . "

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