To an inexperienced person, it may seem that an arrow for a bow includes three main elements — the material of the arrow, the tip, and the plumage. However, even the material is not always considered since many people think that all arrows are made of wood. Meanwhile, there are many variations of materials, tips, and feathers.
The plumage of the arrow is a necessary component. The smoothness of flight, its speed depends not only on the quality and correspondence of the rod to the strength of the bow but also on the plumage. For accuracy and maximum precision, it is necessary to make yourself a flu-flu arrow with a high-quality plumage. Bear in mind that making plumage with your own hands requires the right choice of material and a high-quality glue.
The plumage differs in size and shape, the number of feathers, and the type of sticker. But, in addition, there is a fundamental difference in the material. Feathers can be natural (bird feathers) or artificial (plastic or synthetic).
Not every feather is suitable for arrows. First of all, for plumage, take a feather only from the wings. Moreover, not all of them are suitable. From one wing, you can choose feathers for two or three arrows. This largely depends on the length of the intended plumage (from 5.0 to 9.0 cm).
The best feathers are turkey. To make natural plumage for one flu-flu arrow, feathers from the same turkey wing are used. You can not mix feathers from the right and left wings on the projectile.
Each material has its advantages and disadvantages. Also, the material of the plumage affects the characteristics and behavior of the arrow in flight. Natural arrow feathers are a traditional material, but synthetic or plastic is more durable. Decide which plumage is best for arrows only for you!
Boom Feather Materials
The empennage material has a direct impact on the arrow balancing quality. A well-chosen type of feather will increase its aerodynamic characteristics. The most popular materials used to create plumage include avian, synthetic feathers, rubber or hard plastic. Each material has specific properties that affect several aspects during the flight of an arrow.
Turkey Feather Benefits
The main advantages of this material:
- The natural feather can qualitatively balance the arrow, increasing its aerodynamic capabilities.
- Plumage made of natural feathers when hitting the shelf, unlike artificial material, flexibly folds and straightens during flight, without affecting the other flight of the arrow.
The use of this type of plumage is desirable only in dry weather, since when wet, a natural feather absorbs moisture, as a result of which the feathers gain weight, which introduces an imbalance in the flight path of the arrow, which affects the accuracy of the shot.
Start with a Clean Arrow Shaft
When you want to know how to make turkey wing flu-flu arrows, it’s better to start with the materials. To make your arrows, you need to have the following materials:
- CA glue.
- Markers, tape measure, scissors.
- Turkey wing feathers.
When all the materials are prepared, you can start working. The first thing to do is clear the arrow shafts. They must be perfectly cleaned. If they have already been feathered, it is essential to remove the previous material. It is worth eliminating the remnants of the glue carefully without damaging the base of the arrow.
Then it would be best if you split the feathers into the wings. A feather has one side slightly larger than the other, so use the side with more feathers. You need to break the feather in the middle subtly. Next, it is essential to trim the feather off the bigger part.
As a result, the nib should be very flexible and not break. Eventually, you will need to wrap the flu-flu arrow with this feather.
Mounting Your Feather Fletching
The last stage — and you can go trying your flu-flu arrow out! So, you need to cut off the thick end of the feather to keep it flat. Then follow these tips:
- Apply glue to the bottom and apply it to the shaft of the flu-flu arrow, close to the nock.
- The distance from the ledge doesn’t matter.
- It would be best if you pressed the feathers on the arrow until the glue dries.
Next, it is essential to apply glue from one end of the feather to the base. You must grip the foundation firmly so that the feather attaches securely. With a firm squeeze, rotate the arrow. The sticky side of the feathers should wrap around its base. By the way, it is crucial to wear protective gloves to prevent the adhesive from damaging your hands.
Speed is the main thing in this business! Try to do this as quickly as possible so that the glue does not dry out before the feathers are securely attached to the flu-flu arrow. When the wrapped feather is at the end of the arrow, you need to secure it and let it dry. Once dry, you will have an arrow ready to shoot!