Another afternoon arrow project. This makes number five. I set out to make a lighter version of the bird arrow that I posted a while ago, but couldn’t get the tines to sit well around the dogwood shaft, so I split it and set them up in a trident configuration. I had no idea how that would affect flight, and it might cause issues with long shots or a real bow, but it seemed to fly fairly straight with my rickety setup.
Rather than feathers or leaves, I tried using some dead maple bark for the fletchings. They were easy to shape and attach, but like the salal leaves I knew they would be short lived. One of them cracked while I was still working on the arrow, but it stayed attached so I left it there.
The cracked fletching broke on the first shot, but the others held up to four more shots after that before they started coming loose.
The nettles are starting to rot, so rather than using them for wrapping, I opted for some maple bark, which held up fine and was actually easier to harvest.
I suspect I might be better off with a solid point, but it is nice to know that this configuration is an option if I find an advantage for it in the future.
In case you’re new to these arrow posts, I have no idea what I’m doing. I’m just learning as I go and having fun, so feel free to share your suggestions. Right now I’m just working with materials that I can gather and process locally, but will likely move on to better options at some point. I’ve already gotten some great tips so far and appreciate the help.
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