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Fletchings | by Roger Smith
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This is a close-up of the fletchings on an arrow that I made for my son as a commemoration of his completion of the Arrow of Light award in Scouting.


It has a real Native American arrowhead from Montgomery or Stewart County in Tennessee that I've had since I was a child. I made the fletchings from turkey feathers that I found in Oktibbeha County, Mississippi. Both the arrowhead and the fletchings are secured to the shaft using artificial sinew.


I had started turning a shaft on my lathe out of local wood, but after the lathe motor seized I was forced to use a birch dowel rod. However, I used the arrowhead to scrape the shaft so it has a hand-tooled look. I crushed bkacberries and mixed them with alum to dye the shaft.

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Taken on March 30, 2011