Most folks that flintknap go no further than creating an arrow point, just put the pretty little sharp thing in a drawer or give it to friends. Turns out this is like giving a friend a single spoke to a wheel.
The process got faster when I created a little assembly line, one of those efficiency of scale type moves. In other words, it's much more worth your time to build several arrows while you have the materials at hand. By setting up a chain of operations you can fletch and haft up to ten arrows in a day with traditional techniques. I'm sure there are folks out there that could turn out multiples of ten given the practice.
Here is one fletch setting onto the arrow shaft. There are more efficient ways to do this once the skills are honed, it was pretty tough to get right. Here's the middle and final stages of fletching the arrow. It's important to think about feather spacing as a misplaced feather will get ripped off by the bow as it releases. So step number 1 is complete, fletching is on, now to repeat the process and get better at it.
Coming up next!!! I try a little different fletch tek and attach the points...stay tuned.
|One feather down...infinity to go|
|half way through the process with binding on while it sets|
|finished fletching, trimmed and tied down with sinew|