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ber643
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This looks neat and I love the one Dano sent me. Gotta get me some to mess wit, now that I'm messin' with dowels. (In NC, huh? Hmmmm I live just a hoot n' a holler from a river). Some pre quest questions for Mickey (or anyone): 15 to 16 ft? Does that mean you get a number of shafts from one shoot or is most of it too small (or large)? What can you tell us about spine, or do we go native and just keep the good fliers? When do you harvest and how long do you let dry, etc. (This has probably all been covered but repetition may make it sink in.)

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Thanks for the tip, Mickey, I'll follow up on these leads.
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Mikey,

So does that meean that you shoot them large end forward? And do you worry about spining or weighing them?

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Dano
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Yeah Bernie!! Your going to want to cut cane longer than you need for drying/checking purposes. Cut 1/2" shoots bundle em real tight and let em dry for 6 or 8 months, like any thing else it's worth the wait. [Wink]

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ber643
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Thanks, Dano, when do you cut them - summer, fall?

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If we had any here, I'd cut it about now, or at least before it gets too hot. I don't think it really matters when, maybe some of the cane cuttin pros will show up.

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OK found my pics
Here's a batch of wild cane growing

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There are male and female stalks....some have sheaths and some have leaves..I forget which is which

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Anyhow you wander around the patch looking for some that might make suitable arrows, cut them and remove the sheaths and leaves

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They will be all green like above and crooked like below

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[ June 11, 2011, 01:36 PM: Message edited by: Rob DiStefano ]

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Where do you get yours, Dano? I don't know if it grows here - in this part of NC, yet. Have to ask around. Good pics, Mickey - looks familiar but not sure why or from where.

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Take a dozen and bundle them up together. Some guys face 1/2 one way and 1/2 facing the other way, some bundle them against a broom stick. Once bundled hang them in a dry warm place for about 8 weeks. Some guys get them out periodically, unwrap, straighten and then bundle them back up again. When you get them out again they will be a lighter green but hard. Set them in the sun for a coupleof days and they will turn a golden tan color and will be ready to be straightened.

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Like osage many cut this years now and will get them out to make arrows out of them next spring.

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The female is the one on the right with the flowers. I've been told the female is the best (imagine that) [Big Grin] I've gotten most of my cane from good friends. Up here we have what's call phragmitis, it does'nt mature like cane or bamboo.

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Here's a good example of just how far river cane can be bent without breaking while hot

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Once it cools it will be hard in this shape

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Mickey's a hoot ain't he? [thumbsup]
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My wife tells me there is a woman down the way that says she has cane behind her property where a little drain creek runs. Don't know if it is the right kind but have to check it out. Course she also told our neighbor to be careful as ther were lots of Mocasins back there too. Yikes! Little early for them though - and cool.

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Very nice again Mickey. Is that an egg in the bowl?

Bending those in that shape,makes me think about an ABO croquet set? Nice primitive wickets!

Great job little buddy.:thumbsup:BTW, sent the book today.

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