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BillOregon
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5:51 PM - Sep 18, 2016 #1

I was thinking there was a "Species that make good arrow shafts" sticky like the wood species for bows treatise. I'm not seeing one. Is there one?
I have had best results personally with red osier dogwood. My wild rose shoots all cracked on me.
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2:51 PM - Sep 19, 2016 #2

There is a list of arrow species on the arrow forum somewhere. Rose will check ( split) if you take bark off too soon.

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5:30 PM - Sep 19, 2016 #3

If there is one I'm not aware of it. A brief search of the archived stuff seems to show that arrow making tends to split into dowels, shoot shafts, bamboo shafts and livery shafts. I guess your best bet is to go to the archives and tutorials and see what you can find on shoot shafts.Maybe something we should open as a topic?
It's probably also worth searching here www.primitiveways.com
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10:16 PM - Sep 19, 2016 #4

Thanks fellas. I thought I remembered such a thread, but I have been on and off this forum since 2002, read and forgotten most of what is in the four Bowyer's Bibles and often forget to take my medication ... soooo I must be misremembering.
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12:48 AM - Sep 21, 2016 #5

Bill,I think you'll find that there's a chapter in one of the Bowyer's Bibles that looks at shoot shafts in some detail. What grows where you live?


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2:33 PM - Sep 21, 2016 #6

Rod, I'm actually in a pretty good area with the Oregon coast range to the west and Cascades to the east. So there's red osier dogwood, ocean spray, hazel, et al. I just need to get out there and hustle some up and get it curing.
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4:14 PM - Nov 18, 2016 #7

Best option in my neck of the woods (UK) would most likely be dogwood, though I did get a really good guelder rose switch from the inside of some hedgerow I was thinning out the other day.
Having said that if I got out more I would probably be able to find plenty of coppiced wood such as hazel. Once in a while I come across something that looks interesting and it gets cut and set aside, like a bullrush I cut years ago and forgot about until one day I found it and shot it through a chronograph and to my surprise it was accurate, fast and durable. Not bad for something that is 95% well seasoned pith with a thin casing of rind.

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1:32 AM - Nov 21, 2016 #8

I use dogwood (Red Osier) it is hard and is pretty easy to work.

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1:32 PM - Nov 21, 2016 #9

I've tried ligustrum lucidum,(I live in Italy) that produces straight long branches and its wood is stiff and heavy
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2:11 PM - Dec 08, 2016 #10

This is a list of arrow materials for possible use I compiled years back.
https://boweyrsden.wordpress.com/2014/0 ... materials/
My ranting and ramblings on stuff I do. https://archeryrob.wordpress.com/
Primitive archery information I have written https://boweyrsden.wordpress.com/
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11:07 PM - Dec 08, 2016 #11

Thanks Rob, that's a useful and well presented list.


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11:34 PM - Dec 08, 2016 #12

Awesome list Rob. Rod, thanks for letting me know. I lost all my bookmarks a few weeks ago and have been reconstructing ...
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