First, and possibly one of the more important steps, is to know what kind of bow the intended archer is going to be shooting their new arrows out of. If it is a longbow or other primitive/traditional wood bow or if it is a traditional recurve.
!! And what the draw weight or poundage is of said bow. !!
Obviously, perhaps not to the novice, you would never ever shoot one of our B.A.D. wood arrows out of a compound bow. As one does not typically favor splinters puncturing ones appendages in random locations.
Second, he needs to know your draw length, for instructions click here.
Then you, dear consumer, must make some hard fun choices.
You must select your fletch colors. Hurray!
We carry some commonly selected colors in stock, but typically have to order everyone's fletches upon request.
Keep in mind, these arrows are a symbol of your true outdoors self, so they should match your style. You can have all three fletches all one color like white, or blue may be black. Or you can select 2 hen feathers & one cock feather. Or you can challenge Joseph to making you Party colored fletches (each fletch has 2 colors, see below).
You also get to decide if you'd like modern nocks (plastic black nocks with tab…if you want another color we have a few others.) Or a self nocks. And for that extra special attitude in the woods, he can add horn reinforcements to your self nocks. (These are also extra.)
You can also (free of charge) select a stain color for your shafts.
If you really want to get fancy you can order cresting (some painting on the shaft, see below). Not included in your order. Must be special ordered.
And of course last but not least just the tip. We do have hunting broad heads, they do cost more. But your arrows come with field tips that are legal to shoot at small game, indoor archery ranges & SCA events.
As a special treat, Joseph can make you some glass arrowheads, which he knapps himself, to fancily your arrow collection. (Glass arrowheads are legal to take game with in NYS.)
…and this is only the beginning.
Now that we have all your specs, we can go to work.
First, we select the proper arrows to match you bow's poundage based on its spine weight.
Then cut your arrows to you draw length. Tapper both ends.
Glue on the nocks.
*(For self nocks, file the nock).
*(Stain & paint the arrows if necessary.)
Seal the arrow shafts.
Glue the tips on.
Then the fletches, after they are cut & snipped the Sinew comes out, and Joseph spends days hand fletching/setting & glueing your new arrows.
I know, I know, your thinking, "How can he get those lines so evenly spaced without using a machine?"
I'll tell you, Practice & Patients my friends. Practice & Patients
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Thank you, Shoot often But Shoot Safe.