Arrow making at BSW-Archery

Custom Arrow Making - Create your own carbon, aluminium and wooden arrows

Small repairs and changes to your arrows - for a more stable flight or a higher range - belong to everyday life for every archer. But the arrow making is done by only a few archers. Whether recurve, horse or longbow, there are arrows for every type of bow. Satisfactory results can only be achieved if these are perfect and match the bow and shooting style. Do you want to "back to the roots" and make your own arrows? No problem: All you need are wooden shafts, nocks, points, feathers and a fletching device.

Basic information about making arrows: What is an arrow made from?

The basic element to which all components are attached is the shaft of the arrow. This can either be made of modern materials such as aluminium and carbon or, in classic arrow making, can also be made of wood. Heavy woods such as oak and ash are particularly suitable for longbows and have a stronger impact force. On the other hand, light woods such as pine and spruce are more suitable for short horse or recurve bows - their advantage: a higher range. The arrow point is attached to the front end of the shaft and places the approx. 10 cm long fletching area and the arrow nock at the very end in the rear part.

The arrow making - our step by step guide

There are two ways of making a wooden shaft in arrow making: from twigs or split wood. Alternatively, you can use ready-made shafts from our online shop. Once the form and length are designed, the nock is inserted. This should be about 1.2 cm deep and wide enough for the string to click into place under slight pressure. The slot is sawn out and worked out with a narrow round file.

If you are a novice, the best way to build an arrow is to simply sharpen the shaft and attach a finished nock. The shaft is now protected against moisture with special paint and the feathers are glued to the arrow at a 120° angle using a fletching device. Thanks to a professional fletching jig you can choose between various forms. The shaft ends are then wrapped with a string or fitted with heat shrink tubing. Finally, the front part of the shaft must be sharpened and the point placed or glued.

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