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Nicodemus
07-20-2006, 11:37 AM
Here you go Al. This one is from two wild turkey tail feathers. Secondary wing feathers can be used if they are straight enough. Pull of some of the feather from each side but make sure to leave the quill.

Nicodemus
07-20-2006, 11:39 AM
Cut the excess off. A half inch, give or take is fine and leave right at an inch of quill.

Nicodemus
07-20-2006, 11:42 AM
Use a drop of pitch glue to hold the fletchins` in place while you use fine pieces of sinew to wrap it tight.

Nicodemus
07-20-2006, 11:45 AM
Here`s what it look like finished. Make sure that you trim the front quill down to a very smooth transition on the shaft so it doesn`t gouge a chunk of meat out of your finger when you shoot it. These arrows have a very stable arrow flight.

Nicodemus
07-20-2006, 11:47 AM
On each fletch, the front tied down edge is on top of the shaft and the back is on the side.

Al33
07-20-2006, 11:48 AM
Thanks bigtime Nick!!! That is a little different from what I was planning to do but I like it much better. Looks easier than my proposed method too! I was going to strip the feathers completely down one side, but I can see how leaving feather on both sides will work even better.:cool:

Al33
07-20-2006, 11:51 AM
What did you use to trim the feathers for the straight lines?

Nicodemus
07-20-2006, 11:54 AM
Either a very sharp knife or a fresh flint flake. If you use scissors it doesn`t want to do right for some reason. After you have the feather pulled like in the first picture, lay it flat on a piece of wood and carefully draw the knife across the feather for a smooth cut.

SELFBOW
12-23-2009, 10:18 PM
On each fletch, the front tied down edge is on top of the shaft and the back is on the side.

I know this thread is really old but do have a picture of right where the front is tied down?

Nicodemus
12-23-2009, 10:25 PM
I know this thread is really old but do have a picture of right where the front is tied down?



See if this will help. ;)


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