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Re: crafting excellent woodies
« Reply #120 on: February 06, 2011, 09:21:00 PM »
Nice.Thanks,Rob!
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Re: crafting excellent woodies
« Reply #121 on: February 06, 2011, 09:36:00 PM »
Very nice!  

I really like the looks of that green crest.
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Re: crafting excellent woodies
« Reply #122 on: February 07, 2011, 12:32:00 AM »
Rob great tutorial.  :thumbsup:  

One question, what have you found is the best method for shaping the ribbon on the feather burner.
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Re: crafting excellent woodies
« Reply #123 on: February 07, 2011, 06:24:00 AM »
I have spent years building woodies for myself, friends and customers and there is a bunch of stuff in this thread that would have made my life much easier !
Good stuff Rob...really good stuff.

Gonna try that fletch tape too!
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Re: crafting excellent woodies
« Reply #124 on: February 07, 2011, 07:01:00 AM »
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... One question, what have you found is the best method for shaping the ribbon on the feather burner.
i used to use 1/8" plywood bending templates, but these dayze i just shape the ribbon by eye and hand, and careful bending with the fingers.  i always do a test run using a test shaft of the same diameter as the shafts i'll be fletching for real.  if the wire needs tweaking, i just strip off the feathers, clean with naphtha, refletch, try again.
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Re: crafting excellent woodies
« Reply #125 on: February 07, 2011, 02:55:00 PM »
What did you use for staning the back portion of that one set red? Is that a wood stain as well or are you using Rit or something else?

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Re: crafting excellent woodies
« Reply #126 on: February 07, 2011, 03:45:00 PM »
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What did you use for staning the back portion of that one set red? Is that a wood stain as well or are you using Rit or something else?
all the stains i use are aniline dye powder mixed with water.  in this case, red.
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Re: crafting excellent woodies
« Reply #127 on: February 07, 2011, 04:25:00 PM »
Forgive a newbie question, but what is the difference between chopping feathers to size and burning them?  Why would you do one over the other?

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Re: crafting excellent woodies
« Reply #128 on: February 07, 2011, 04:42:00 PM »
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Forgive a newbie question, but what is the difference between chopping feathers to size and burning them?  Why would you do one over the other?
chopping feathers into fletches requires a feather chopper that typically costs $20.  you can't vary the fletch shape, but you can slightly tweak it shorter for both length and height.  feathers are chopped into fletches before they are added to the shaft.  there is a sharp noise factor from whacking the blade block of the chopper!

burning feathers into fletches requires a feather burner that typically costs $120.  the fletch shape can be pretty much whatever you can dream up by shaping the burning wire.  feathers are first added to the shaft, then burnt to shape afterwards.  there is a huge stink factor with burning fletches ... HUGE stink!

neither method of creating fletches is better or worse, they're just different.
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Re: crafting excellent woodies
« Reply #129 on: February 07, 2011, 05:10:00 PM »
One other BIG difference between chopping and burning feathers...SMELL!!!!  Burning turkey feathers gives off a smell that one WILL NOT soon forget.   :eek:   Great job Mr.D.!   :clapper:
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Re: crafting excellent woodies
« Reply #130 on: February 07, 2011, 05:38:00 PM »
oh yeah, gotta add in the olfactory acoustic factors!
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Re: crafting excellent woodies
« Reply #131 on: February 07, 2011, 09:29:00 PM »
Rob, can you help me figure out what spine i'd need?

Osage selfbow (not cut to center)
60 lbs @ 29"

You may need more information than this...let me know! Thanks, I look forward to getting started.
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Re: crafting excellent woodies
« Reply #132 on: February 07, 2011, 09:54:00 PM »
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Rob, can you help me figure out what spine i'd need?

Osage selfbow (not cut to center)
60 lbs @ 29"

You may need more information than this...let me know! Thanks, I look forward to getting started.
imo, woods are more critical of spine than carbons.  

i'd suggest getting a 4 or 6 spine range doug fir test pak from  www.surewoodshafts.com,  make up one bare shaft and one full fletched arrow for each spine, each using the feathers and points yer gonna shoot, and see what works best for ya.  also try different point weights out.  bracket yer bow's holding weight at least one range below and above, two would be best.  

this is the most positive way to match up a bow to a woodie ... and to you and yer shooting form.
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Re: crafting excellent woodies
« Reply #133 on: February 07, 2011, 09:59:00 PM »
Great Rob, Enjoyed this Alot!!!!
I hope you plan on placing this in the How To Resources. Good info to fall back on time and time again.....

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Re: crafting excellent woodies
« Reply #134 on: February 07, 2011, 10:00:00 PM »
WOW-There are LOTS of GOOD threads on this site but THIS HAS TO BE ONE OF THE BEST EVER...is there a Archive section???  EXCELLENT POST

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Re: crafting excellent woodies
« Reply #135 on: February 07, 2011, 10:04:00 PM »
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Great thread Rob
I hope you plan on placing this in the How To Resources. Good info to fall back on time and time again.....
yessir, will archive this thread.

in the long run, a video would be best.  i'll eventually try to do one for woodies, and a much better one for endless string spinning.
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Re: crafting excellent woodies
« Reply #136 on: February 07, 2011, 10:04:00 PM »
I ordered my test kit today!  Thanks Rob for all the time and effort that went into putting together such a great tutorial!!

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Re: crafting excellent woodies
« Reply #137 on: February 07, 2011, 10:17:00 PM »
beautiful arrows, and  great tutorial.

Thank you for your time.
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