Sunday, February 7, 2010

Nocks... again, but worth it

A couple days ago I wrote about how self-nocks should be beautiful. I went over the procedure I use for horn reinforced self-nocks and showed a couple pictures of nocks done by others.

Today I’m dedicating the whole post to Arne Palmgren of Scandinavia. Arne and I both frequent the internet forum PaleoPlanet, a site dedicated to the old ways of doing things. Arne has put up pictures of his arrows and I had to share them with you. Fortunately, Arne has graciously given me permission to do so.

Arne does a horn reinforced self-nock similar to the way I do mine, although with different tools. I’ll let his pictures speak for themselves, because my words just won’t do his beautiful work justice.

This saw does the initial cut for the horn reinforcement.

The horn is cut on a table saw.

A clamp holds things together while the glue sets (no glue shown in this picture)

After the glue cures the excess horn is taken down.

Here's the rig Arne uses for the string slot cut. This is a much cooler system than I use.

From here on it's hand work.

Arne obviously knows his way around a self-nock. But the cool thing is he's equally good at the rest of the arrow. Following are some shots of different arrows that Arne has made. The metal heads are from Hector Cole and the knapped heads are made by a friend of Arne's.

As I mentioned to Arne after he posted some of these pictures on the forum, "You just don't make ugly arrows, do you?"
Thanks for reading!


wanbliwicasa said...
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wanbliwicasa said...

Very nice Guy! I really like the way you have working on pictures on nocks as well arrows.
Thanks Arne

Guy Taylor said...

Your beautiful work deserves to be showcased, Arne. It's my honor to be able to do so.

wanbliwicasa said...

Thanks for your kind words Guy.
Its an honor for me you want do this and use what I did create.

Lady Arwen of the Silver Rose said...

Wow,spiffy! Definitely excellent work there.

Garith said...

What are the little tuft of feathers at the front of the fletching for?

Otherwise they are really nice looking.

Guy Taylor said...

When a tuft of bright colored fur is right in front of the nock it can serve as a visual aid in watching the flight of the arrow. But for in front of the fletching, I think Arne has it there for decoration.

wanbliwicasa said...

Thanks Lady Arwen of the Silver Rose very kind words from you

wanbliwicasa said...

Garith, like Guy said its decoration. I only use small fluffs even cut the quill so it will not slow down when shooting, probably the fluffs is gone after a few shoots, but I have not shooting this arrows and don't think I will either.