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Making dyed natural turkey feather arrows

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Making dyed natural turkey feather arrows

Postby DIY_guy » Fri Jul 10, 2015 12:10 pm

I enjoy making my own arrows. Ive been making them for about 35 years. While I enjoy compounds and recurves,, I also make my own longbows and my own broadheads to hunt with. Likewise I make my own cedar arrows. I took a few pictures of the last batch I am working on. This not the ONLY way to make arrows. Its just one way. There is more than one way to skin a cat and while I love cats, I can’t eat a whole one by myself but I digress.

We save the wings from the birds we kill so we can make them fly again.

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I like to use the primary feathers but I also use the secondary feathers if they seem fitting for the purpose.

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I trim away both ends that are less than useful.

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Turkeys are dirty, smelly, oily birds so the feathers need a bath in warm soapy water

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Even though this turkey died once, Its gonna get dyed again. This time red but sometimes green or yellow, etc. I use RIT dye, really hot water and a little vinegar.

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After a rinse and air drying.

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Lots of folks use a razor knife to split their feathers and I have done it that way for years but I find a 14 tooth very thin bandsaw blade offers more control and is a bit easier/safer.

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I fabricated a holder that allows me to grind/sand the base and sides of the feathers. Nothing fancy but it works.

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Then a trip on the drill press against a sanding drum with a wood spacer slightly larger in Diameter than the drum to allow for consistent spacing.

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I don’t chop my feather although that is a perfectly fine method to employ. I tend to burn my feathers either in advance of fletching using a simple clamp I made from office supplies and a red hot wire.

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Or I burn them after fletching (also using a hot wire)

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I like to dip and crest my cedars in colors that match the feathers.

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I have a few fletching jigs that date back pretty far but for a bit more helical I use this newer Bohning jig.

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Here is another batch.

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Couple that with a homemade broadhead and it makes for one very satisfying way to pass the time and a way to increase the level of satisfaction and accomplishment when you take game with a homemade bow and homemade arrows.
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Re: Making dyed natural turkey feather arrows

Postby whump » Fri Jul 17, 2015 6:10 pm

well bro, those turned out really nice
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Re: Making dyed natural turkey feather arrows

Postby Jim Casto Jr » Fri Jul 17, 2015 6:19 pm

Beautiful, and most informative. I used Rit die years ago, but just use them natural anymore. I've got a Young Feather Burner. I did make a grinding jig. But somehow, everything you do is prettier than what I do. :)
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Re: Making dyed natural turkey feather arrows

Postby BEN MAHER » Sat Jul 18, 2015 2:22 am

awesome work ...

those arrows look beautiful
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Re: Making dyed natural turkey feather arrows

Postby tjdeerslayer37 » Fri Aug 28, 2015 6:49 am

Any info on the feather burner? Im growing to dislike my choppers, not consistent enough and theyre getting dull and just annoying lol.
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