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Offline Jakesnyder

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Growing your own arrow shaft material!
« on: November 09, 2022, 01:22:43 pm »
I have some hill cane and red osier dogwood I'm growing. I'm hoping to have some usable material in another couple years. Anyone else doing this? Just thought I'd share. These are 1 year of growth.

Offline StickMark

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Re: Growing your own arrow shaft material!
« Reply #1 on: November 10, 2022, 08:57:36 pm »
Sort of.
There are some thickets of mulefat that I sort of tend and harvest from along the creeks here in S. Az, at about 3500-4500 feet elevation. I keep a good mental map of where to go in early February, after our Winter season ends. Besides harvesting, I will pull up some shoots and sort of stuff them upward in other shoots, encouraging straighter growth for next year, or at least until the next flood.

Offline Pat B

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Re: Growing your own arrow shaft material!
« Reply #2 on: November 10, 2022, 10:50:29 pm »
Many of the sourwood shoots I use come from road cuts that get bushhoged every 3 or 4 years. The bushhogging is almost like coppicing but by a state road crew and not me. I have planted silky dogwood along the creek that runs through our property. I just cut shoots in January or February and just jam them in the bank. Bu spring they have rooted and start to grow. Hill cane naturally grows along the creek so all I have to is harvest culms for shafts.
Make the most of all that comes and the least of all that goes!    Pat Brennan  Brevard, NC