The world of traditional archery can sometimes be pretty traditional.
Take arrows, for instance…
Arrows typically come by the dozen and each arrow is the same as the next. In a way it makes sense. You can always tell which arrow is yours amongst the others in a target at the local shoot. Many times the cock feather is different from the two hen feathers so a visual clue is there when nocking the arrow. The two hen feathers will always be the same.
Something about all this sameness has always kind of gnawed at the back of my mind.
So I decided to do something about it.
I had this bundle of cedar shafts I’d purchased on eBay that I finally got around to spining and weighing and I took out a set of shafts for my new arrows.
I wanted a design that showed all the arrows were in the same set, but in which each arrow was unique, unlike any other arrow in the set.
I call these the Harlequin arrows. I think they came out pretty good.
I decided not to specify which feather was the cock feather because I use Bohning index nocks. With these nocks I find that orienting the arrow to the string is something my fingers do without any help from my eyes.
This set of arrows can be seen as a pretty radical departure from tradition.
Tell me what you think.
Do you hate them?
Do you like them?
Do you think I’m some kind of whacked out artist?
Or do you think I’m a ground breaking visionary?