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!