fletching up a carbon with bohning fletch tape. the vid is 8.5 minutes long. the fletcher is a nifty new grayling i just got from tim @ braveheart archery, w/full helical left wing clamp. the 5.25" fletches are cut from full length feathers and will be burned to shape in another vid i'll be adding to this thread.
observations - i clean the shaft and quill bases with naphtha (lighter fluid) on a piece of paper towel. i cut the front and end of each feather fletch at an angle, to best make the quill base flow into the shaft. after fletching the shaft, i snip off the ends of the fletches, to better fit into the young feather burner.
click on the image below to kick off the photobucket video ... soundtrack courtesy of occasional female frivolity.
feather burning - after bending the burn ribbon to shape, slip into the 'lectrode holders, put a bare shaft into the burner nock receiver and arm, adjust the ribbon so it's about 1/16" or a bit more away from the shaft. lock down the ribbon and test it again with the bare shaft.
put a feathered shaft into the shaft holder and adjust so that the ribbon will burn evenly at both ends of the feather. this all about trialing and testing.
Rob-that was great! Thanks for sharing your talent of making your own arrows. A question I have is left or right helical? I shoot right handed, which should I use? I really want to do my own arrows this year. Thanks again. Kenny
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quote:Originally posted by bkyrdshooter: Are you wiping the base of the feathers with a cloth only or are you using alcohol on them? I have never used tape and didn't know if you were just wiping them off or do you need to clean them.
as i said in my very first post on this thread ...
"i clean the shaft and quill bases with naphtha (lighter fluid) on a piece of paper towel."