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Offline Floridaarcher

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Re: best shaft material
« Reply #15 on: June 24, 2019, 08:26:46 pm »
Natural shoots and cane make amazing and durable arrow shafts. They are also easier in my opinion for a beginner than planning your own from a peice of square wood.
Find what kind of natural materials grow in your area and live them a try.
Arrow wood viburnum, red oseir dogwood and native canes and reeds can be found all over the country.

Offline George Tsoukalas

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Re: best shaft material
« Reply #16 on: June 25, 2019, 06:20:59 am »
All of the above. I've never used sitka spruce. These days I've settled on white pine forward stock. The advantage is that it hand planes easily. Jawge
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Offline Woodely

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Re: best shaft material
« Reply #17 on: June 28, 2019, 02:20:27 pm »
Doug fir has given me nothing but headaches,  I found that it splits easy skimming off the edge of the traget frames like the 2x4's and skimming off rocks and hitting metal.  I wont use DF again using hemlock or maybe yellow cedar.  Spruce seems to be the in wood now,  it was not that popular 6 years ago it was all about Port orford.
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Offline Rjg

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Re: best shaft material
« Reply #18 on: June 28, 2019, 06:40:33 pm »
Iím partial to hickory but ya gotta like heavy and really need a heat gun for straightening.

Offline bassman

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Re: best shaft material
« Reply #19 on: July 02, 2019, 01:36:25 am »
If you are making them from scratch Spice Bush,and wild Choke Cherry,Willow, Bamboo will make a good arrow.

Offline Mafort

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Re: best shaft material
« Reply #20 on: July 06, 2019, 08:10:29 am »
I use poplar a lot for shafts and it works really well. Iíd get as many straight grained and straight prices you can. I have an arrowshaft board and plane by John shrunk And the square stock usually has better grain then the ones that are already dowels. Douglas fir is a good shaft material. Itís heavy but i noticed some consistency issues when I cut it and plane it down and spine them. Sitika spruce is tough stuff as far as Iíve heard but Iíve never used it. Iíve used white pine a lot considering Iíve hit this sinew backed bow making patch. The light weight works well and with a foreshaft of dog wood or Osage itís a good wood to use with sinew backed bows.