A few years back we decided to stop taking custom orders for arrows. We were so focused on keeping up with the crafting of our traditional longbows, that the arrows unfortunately had to take a back seat. There are only so many hours in the day for a small family business and we decided to focus on what we most enjoyed.
Luckily for us, we met a great local Fletcher named Blayne Prowse, who owns and operates Beaufort Traditional, a small business specializing in custom made wooden arrow and archery supplies. After a few back and forths and some test batches of arrows, we were very pleased with the quality of the arrows being produced and put in a good sized order to provide some fresh stock for our website.
Just recently we took possession of our newest batch of arrows and they are lovely. 14 dozen in total and.we have all of the spine weights covered between 30 and 70 lbs.
The arrows are made of Japanese arrow bamboo which is incredibly strong and straight, often called "Nature's Carbon". The fletchings are 3.5 inch straight cut turkey feathers silk wrapped at the leading edge of the fletch. All shafts are self nocked as we never could stand plastic glue on nocks and are reinforced with a silk wrap. The bamboo seems to shoot really well out of a variety of bow weights and doesn't seem to be as sensitive as other wooden arrows in finding the exact right spine weight combination.
Through our discussions with Blayne, we also learned about a new shafting manufacturer producing high quality wooden shafts on the Island of Haida Gwaii here in British Columbia. I have been especially interested in the Sitka Spruce shafting as I know the legendary strength to weight ratio that made the wood so famous in the production of airplanes.
Blayne is making us up a few dozen sets of Sitka spruce arrows to test out and sell through the website and we are very excited to get our hands on them.
So, if you are in need of some new arrows for this upcoming shooting season, take a look and see if we have some ready made arrows to fit your current bow.