Primitive Arrow Making

P4240091P4260119Over the weekend of April 25-26 A.K. held its first primitive arrow making class. This class focused on the steps it takes to produce a primitive arrow. The first day was spent harvesting arrow shafts of Viburnum and learning how to straighten them. The process of straightening can be achieved two ways with heat or slowly straightening the shaft over the course of several months. I supplied some already seasoned and straightened shafts that we scraped and sanded to perfection. We Then began the process of grinding our arrowheads out of bone. I introduced the students to a primitive vice, some would call it a glorified clothespin, I call it a skin and knuckle saver. P4260161At the end of the day the points were looking great. The second day of the class we spent finishing the bone points, processing sinew, and preparing the feathers for fletching. After the nocks were carved into both ends of the shaft we began the construction. We oiled and fire hardened the completed points and put on their final edge. We then applied the pitch and hafted the point to the shaft with sinew. Once everything was cool we began fletching the arrow. Its always a treat to watch someone make there first arrow. The tedious process of pitch application and fletching is always a bit comical in its difficulty. Once the fletching was done we trimmed our feathers using coals from the fire. The completed arrows were not only beautiful they are deadly. I hope to harvest a deer with mine this season.

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