How to make your own wooden arrows. I do this regularly, since I break plenty with archery competitions, and buying custom made arrows becomes too expensive. Plus my arrows are unique and easy to find back in the woods. Little Erik is there to give all the arrows luck.
1.) Stuff you need. Shafts, feathers and points of course, but also nocks, paint, varnish, some wooden planks, brushes, newspapers, glue, a pencilsharpener, sandpaper, yarn, and, most important of all: a feather fletch gig.
2.) Sharpen both ends of the shafts. I make wooden arrows, in case you make, aluminium,- carbon.- or fiberglass arrows this isn’t necessary. The equipment looks like a normal pencilsharpener but it is especially for arrows only.
3.) Paint the shafts to your liking. I only paint the upper half and leave the lower half wood coloured.
4.) Varnish the shafts. All of it, so the painted part too. Make sure the shafts touch as little as possible while drying. Here I let mine rest vertical against the edge of a table, with lots of newspaper around them.
5.) Glue the nocks. Despite shooting traditional archery, with a wooden bow and wooden arrows, I use modern plastic nocks. It’s just easier. Plus mine are pink, so my arrows look neat and girly. Which is cool.
6.) Glue the points. Steel light weight points for me. The glue I use is called Dragon Spit, and really is as good as it sounds. It glues everything in zero seconds. Amazing stuff.
7.) Roughen the top of the shafts and the flat side of the feathers with sandpaper. This is important to give the glue more grip.
8.) And then the most fun part: glue the feathers! You can’t do this without the fletch gig, this is the most important equipment of all. One feather at a time, so depending on how many arrows you make, this can take a really long time. Each feather needs at least 15 mins. in the gig. 3feathers per arrows = 45.min.per arrow. This set took me 5 days.
9.) Mark the arrows (your name, number) and wrap some coloured yarn around the tips of the feathers. This isn’t necessary but it looks neat. It also reduces the chances of loose feathers a bit. I skipped this step for the set I’m making now, but on the photo are some old arrows from previous sets, where I used red and black yarn.
10.) Tadaaaaa! A new set of arrows for me. Let the games begin!