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Making some Traditional Feathers

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Been saving wings for many years, always wanting to make some of my own fletchings.

Got a set of little choppers for Christmas, so decided to strip a few feathers down to give it a try.

Def will be grinding a bunch this week.

will be cool shooting something with feathers from a turkey I harvested with the bow, and cut myself

 

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When I was making arrows I stripped mine and used a scissor to cut the shape, don't need to be perfect, just needs to stabilize.  Of course if your going for a look then the chopper is the way to go.  I used fletch-tape instead of glue.

 

See video if interested.

 

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I have good bench belt sander. Going to grind between two strips of sheet metal.

Should take less than a minute a feather

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Nice! Undied wild turkey fletch has better natural h2o repellency than other feathers except maybe goose, which is sooo plain jane. jo-jan straight clamp works great for grinding,I always grind before chopping, but I don't think it will matter. Or, I traded a bunch of rightwing for grinding services on the matching LW one time and now I have enough to last me the rest of my life, I only use them on hunting arrows

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Nice! Undied wild turkey fletch has better natural h2o repellency than other feathers except maybe goose, which is sooo plain jane. jo-jan straight clamp works great for grinding,I always grind before chopping, but I don't think it will matter. Or, I traded a bunch of rightwing for grinding services on the matching LW one time and now I have enough to last me the rest of my life, I only use them on hunting arrows

im grinding before chopping also. had just one done that I tried the chopper out.

 

Im going to dye a few , but it sucks to degrease them as the natural oil is what makes them so much nicer 

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That is very neat. You have, ummm......... a thousand percent more patience than me to do that. I always wanted to do similar.

 

Can't wait to see them completed :up: 

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awesome, and i want you're house. ill call the relator tomorrow. just pm me

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now you just need to find someone who shoots the other wing feathers so you can trade. i shoot a left wing feather, so dont use the right wings

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im grinding before chopping also. had just one done that I tried the chopper out.

 

Im going to dye a few , but it sucks to degrease them as the natural oil is what makes them so much nicer

The hell with dyeing them, keep them all natural. You have gone this far...keep em prestine

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