Arrow Building Workshop

Want to learn how to build your own arrows? 

Tired of the boring and tired out of the box arrows? 

Saturday February 11 — 12:30  We will be offering a basic arrow building workshop in our indoor range at New Castle 100 Archers.  Learn how to select the proper arrow, how to cut them to length, tips and tricks with your tips and points, and how to fletch, wrap, and crest your arrows so they stand out in a crowd!

The class will offer an hour of instruction, question and answer followed by hands on assistance from the instructor building arrows. 

If you already have your own arrow building supplies, but want a little hand-holding to do it right, this is the place to be!  If you know what you want to make your arrows look like, go buy the supplies and be ready to start building!!!!

All attendees will have an opportunity to cut, clean, and fletch demo arrows.

A minimal fee of $10.00 will be charged to attend. 

SATURDAY 2/11 Starts at 12:30pm at our club

Contact Gary Proctor at 302-468-6868 with questions.

Check out the Agenda

Arrow Selection Criteria:

  • Purpose
    • Recreational Archery
      • Availability
      • Affordability
    • Bow Hunting
      • Durability
      • Penetration
      • Acceptance of broad heads or other tips
    • Bow Fishing
      • Fiberglass for durability
      • Weight not a real concern
    • Competitive Outdoor Target Archery
      • Lightweight
      • Thin diameter for wind resistance
    • Competitive Indoor Target Archery
      • Lightweight
      • Large diameter for larger impact area
    • Diameters
      • 11/64”
        • Competitive Outdoor Target Archery
        • Lightweight
        • Thin diameter for wind resistance
      • 17/64”
        • Bowfishing
        • Fiberglass
      • 19/64”
        • Multiple weights
        • Recreational
        • Bowhunting
      • 23/64”
        • Competitive Indoor Archery
        • Lightweight
        • Large diameter for larger impact area
      • Materials
        • Carbon Fiber
          • Most popular material in use today
          • Very Lightweight
          • Bendable/Flexible
          • Susceptible to splintering
          • Easy to build
        • Aluminum
          • Formerly the most popular material prior to carbon
          • Lightweight
          • Will not splinter
          • Susceptible to bending
          • Easy to build
        • Wood
          • Traditional arrow material from creation
          • Heavier than manufactured arrows
          • Susceptible to warpage (weather and moisture)
          • More difficult to build
        • Fiberglass
          • Extremely durable
          • Used for children’s bows due to low cost
          • Used for bowfishing due to durability
        • Weight and straightness tolerances
          • Weight is measured by Grains per Inch or GPI
          • Average carbon arrows are between 7.5 & 9.5 GPI
          • Weight tolerances are measures in +/- X.X GPI
          • Straightness tolerances are measured in 0.00XX”
          • As tolerances improve costs go up
          • Some arrows are tapered which brings in different tolerances
        • Spine Selection
          • A measurement of flexibility in arrow shaft
          • Aluminum typically has less flexibility than carbon
          • Carbon can be manufactured to nearly any level of flexibility
          • The heavier the draw weight, the stiffer the arrow and spine and vice-versa
          • Different measurement values by manufacturer
            • 600, 500, 400, etc.
            • 150, 250, 350, etc.
            • 35/45, 45/60, 55/75, 65/90, etc.
          • Arrow Lengths
            • Most arrows will accommodate a draw length of 32 inches out of the box
            • Most arrows can be cut to length as needed.
  • The mantra of arrow building and customization
    • Consistency among arrows used by an archer is key
    • Any material variance will impact performance
      • Weight, spine, balance, wind resistance, etc
    • Preparing the shaft
      • Shafts should be cleaned both before fletching and after cutting
      • Be watchful for defective arrows
        • Splintered fibers on carbon arrows
        • Metal burs on aluminum arrows
      • Rubbing alcohol works as a good cleaning solvent for non-wooden arrows
      • Green scouring pads and alcohol can be used to remove most factoring printing from shafts if desired
      • Some pre-printed traditional shafts (“wood-look” carbon fiber) can have printing removed and still retain the “wood-look” as it is applied using a different method than the printing
      • Removal of broken nock bases
      • Removal of old fletching
        • Specialty tools
        • Utility knife
      • Arrow Nocks
        • Starting customization with the nock since it must be considered prior to cutting an arrow
        • Common nock inserts
        • Aluminum Outserts
        • Nock collars / bushings
        • Nock pins & pin nocks
        • Glued vs. not glued
      • Customizing arrow length
        • Arrows do not necessarily need to be cut to a custom size.
        • Shorter arrows allow for lighter weight
          • Increased speed
          • Flatter flight trajectory
        • Spine flexibility is impacted when shortening arrows
        • Arrows can be too short
          • Draw length is longer than arrow (arrow won’t sit on arrow rest)
          • Tips (specifically broad heads) too close to shooters hand
          • Once cut, arrows cannot be made long again
            • Growth of younger archers
            • Change in bow / arrow rest configurations
            • Resale value
          • When cutting arrows (Carbon fiber and aluminum only)
            • They should be custom measured to the bow
            • Use only the final nock to be used
            • Mark first arrow manually
              • Must extend beyond the arrow rest
              • Must extend clear of archers hand
              • Allow extra for broadheads if necessary
            • Cut all arrows from the same end usually the tip end
            • Use a cyclical rotation on the arrow saw when cutting
              • Ensures a uniform length
              • Makes cut end “square” or flat
              • Ends not cut square pose a big problem for broadheads
            • Beware of carbon dust – it is not healthy
          • Installing Inserts and 1-piece Tips
            • 1 piece tips or aluminum inserts are glued in
              • use hot-melt glue for removal if necessary
              • Super-glued tips and inserts cannot be removed without arrow damage
            • Screw-in tips or broadheads are screwed into aluminum inserts
            • Use either and/or a soldering iron, hot tip, and drill bit to remove an insert
            • 1 piece insert tips are very tough to remove
              • Must heat tip to soften glue
              • Must use a drill bit or similar to “sling it out”
            • Types of tips
              • Field Points
                • Tapered
                • Conical
                • Bullet-head
              • Broadheads
                • Mechanical
                • Fixed Head
                • Blade Count
              • Other
                • Small game blunt tips
                • Bowfishing tips
              • Arrow Fletchings
                • Mounting Style
                  • Straight
                  • Helical
                    • Left vs Right
                  • Jig Types
                    • Bitzenburger clamp type
                    • Arizona Multi-fletch types
                  • Why 1 inch from the nock trough?
                  • Fletch Count
                    • 3 vs. 4 and the odd vane/feather
                  • Cut type
                    • Parabolic
                    • Shield
                    • Square
                    • Flu-flu
                  • Feathers
                    • Left wing vs. right wing and helical direction
                    • Mite dust
                  • Vanes
                    • Size
                    • Spin adapters
                  • Alternative arrow stabilizers
                    • Quick Fletch
                    • FOBs
                  • Popular Adhesive Methods
                    • Specialty Adhesives – Fletchtite, Vantech
                    • Common Adhesives – Superglue, Goat Tuff
                    • Bohning fletch tape
                  • Other Customizations
                    • Arrow wraps
                    • Arrow cresting