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Offline WhistlingBadger

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My first primitive arrow
« on: August 27, 2022, 11:08:33 pm »
OK, here's my first attempt at a completely "primitive" arrow. The shaft is a red osier dogwood shoot from up in the canyon; feathers are wild turkey primaries from the Bighorn mountains. I carved the arrowhead from bison leg bone. The whole thing is held together with bison sinew, hide glue, and pine pitch glue, and painted with mineral pigments with egg yolk or hide glue for binder.

Bone arrowheads aren't legal for big game in Wyoming, and this shaft is a bit too bendy to shoot out of a heavy hunting bow anyway, but other than that, this is a completely functional arrow that would fly great out of a lighter-weight bow. It was fun to make and I'm very happy with it. I gave it as a gift to my friends that run the bison ranch.






« Last Edit: August 27, 2022, 11:13:49 pm by WhistlingBadger »
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Offline M2A

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Re: My first primitive arrow
« Reply #1 on: August 27, 2022, 11:27:32 pm »
Cool arrow. I do like the paint job. Bet your buddies at the bison ranch are pretty pleased to see you use their materials in such a way.
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Offline Trapper Rob

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Re: My first primitive arrow
« Reply #2 on: August 28, 2022, 10:33:58 pm »
You did a nice job on it

Offline Pat B

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Re: My first primitive arrow
« Reply #3 on: August 29, 2022, 09:52:15 am »
Nice primitive arrow. WB.
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Offline WhistlingBadger

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Re: My first primitive arrow
« Reply #4 on: August 29, 2022, 10:24:21 am »
Thanks, guys!  It really made me appreciate those of you who build arrows from shoot shafts regularly.  I might keep dabbling in this, but I think I'll stick with buying shafts most of the time!   :OK
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Travel too fast, and you miss all you are traveling for."
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Offline TimBo

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Re: My first primitive arrow
« Reply #5 on: August 30, 2022, 10:47:58 am »
Nice work!

Offline Allyn T

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Re: My first primitive arrow
« Reply #6 on: August 30, 2022, 03:28:49 pm »
Sweet arrow dude
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Offline VicNova

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Re: My first primitive arrow
« Reply #7 on: October 25, 2022, 07:49:02 am »
Sweet looking arrow man! That's cool you made your own paint. What is your process for making the paints?
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