How to make a arrow for bow

All my life I thought that in art the most important thing is the artist and not for example a brush. Many photographers did their pictures with expensive cameras, but truly great pictures they turned out very simple digital compact.

With the arrival experience all the photographer is the camera. But archery doesn’t fit this rule.

If I believed that success depends 90 % from the Archer, it is now my opinion has changed dramatically, and I believe that success still depends on the bow and arrow, and only a little from the Archer. For example, if you give a wizard shooting a poor bow and a crooked arrow, it is unlikely to achieve major success.

Therefore, arrows have to do thoroughly, despite the fact that they are very often broken, lost and so on. But don’t forget that arrows are a consumable item.

For the manufacture of the shaft will need:

  • 10 mm bead without knots, smooth, square. It happens that there are already so-called round the dowel, in this case, take them without hesitation! Most often the material of manufacture of such dowel is pine, it will suit us. Sometimes, the beadings are glued from several parts, they are the same fit, but if you have the opportunity, then disband the Board on the beadings for yourself, You will get a smooth, homogeneous workpiece material, which can be found.

If you can’t do it yourself, then go to the carpentry shop and pay for the services of a carpenter, who will do it for You. How to choose the optimum length of arrows for a particular person, please visit our website in the articles section.

The best material for glazing beads are birch. It has its drawbacks in the form of hardness of the rock this tree (impact on complexity of treatment), unlike pine, for example, but this is the most perfect, the beadings are excellent. By the way the Mongols made their arrows from birch, and they knew about the weapons is very, very much.

To make arrows you will need the following tools.


  • File
  • Metal saw
  • Drill (screwdriver)
  • Jigsaw (or wood saw)
  • Sanding paper of different grain size and needle file.

For the tail:

  • The pattern for the tail (all feathers of the arrows were the same)
  • A4 paper,
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Ballpoint pen
  • Line
  • Eraser
  • Aluminum tape (foil 1 side which is sticky with a protective strip)
  • Colored tape (it is desirable to use bright colors in order not to lose the arrow to the bow in the grass).

To manufacture safe tip we need:

  • Duct tape
  • Stationery knife
  • Aluminum tape
  • Nickels coin
  • Material to soften (better suited for this foam rubber, but you can take for example a camping Mat)
  • Fabric (enough 10×10 cm).

For the manufacture of military tip, we need:

  • Metal scissors,
  • Vise
  • Pliers
  • Tin (fits almost all the easily accessible are the cans)
  • File
  • Binding wire
  • Knife.
The shaft

Suggest to make as many arrows, and not to be lazy. This is especially true of those involved in historical reconstructions, usually costs 40 PCs This will be enough to save arrows during shooting. Proceed, we have a bead and you first need to cut it into pieces with required length (you choose the length of the arrows according to Your size and add 30mm).

Pick up a planer (manual or electric) and remove the bevel on the bead, do not overdo it in this case, the goal is to give our square octagonal cross section, it is important that the knife (or blade) of the plane was very sharp, it will greatly facilitate the process of making arrows with his hands.

If You are using an electric planer, we suggest that just buy new knives for it, if the hand plane, sharpen the blade yourself, and then configure it. In any case, the knives will be sharpened very carefully remove the tree, and You have a very high quality arrows.

For example, we gave 40 shtapikom the required octagonal shape.

Now take 1 billet arrows and insert one end of the screwdriver (this was stock in the amount of not to damage the arrow). Now take the second hand of coarse sandpaper (use safety precautions to avoid possible injury), turn the screwdriver and start to process a skin of the billet.

Then take a medium sandpaper (sandpaper with a medium grain) and repeat the same process, in the end, take the fine sandpaper (the fine grain) and process the billet for the last time, until perfectly smooth.

Next, do the same thing with the other arrows.

Machined bead.

Start to make propyl for the string, this is a very important point. Make propyl for example a hacksaw, perpendicular to the workpiece, to a depth of about 7mm. Next take up a needle file and begin to build propyl, Kruglaya parallel angles.

Now a round file at a distance of 1.5 cm from the heel of the boom make 2 dimples, or may be removed by 2mm in depth and 20mm in length with a special blade for carving (see illustration), repeat the operation with all the blanks for arrows.

Read the detailed and full article how to make a bowstring for the bow.After reading it, You can easily make it at home, it will not take much time.

Make propyl for the string.

The protection of our self-made arrows for the bow. Choose in store tinting (giving some color) antiseptic (against fungus, blue stain and other diseases of the tree). Color does not matter, choose it to your taste. Believe me, the coating arrows will do the trick, will add to her durability.

Proceed to the tail boom

Remember that the arrows flew faster, making the feathers less if the boom is heavy, making the tail wider.

Also, if the tail is closer to the heel, the shooting will be more accurate, the further from the heel the faster it will go boom. The form can be given a different (a matter of taste), the optimal length feathers for arrows is 8-10 cm maximum width of 2 cm.

To all of the plumage was the same, we need to make a pattern.This case will fit for example plywood or a piece of metal or thick cardboard. The color of the plumage also has a value, the brighter the color – the easier You will find the arrow.

The pattern for the tail.

Mark the paper along at 4cm. as a result, we will get 4 strips at 30cm. Take the aluminum tape (width 5 cm) and do the layout on it to get strips with a width of 1 cm and a length 32 cm

Mark up a sheet of paper.
Everything is cut with scissors.

Cut with scissors.
Lay out a strip of paper cut two strips of aluminum tape so that the tape played at 5mm, then clamp this narrow tape.

Paper and aluminum tape.
Very carefully and carefully glue the top of colored tape, width 5cm, width of our blanks as well 50mm. It is important that the surface appeared bubbles.

Glue colored tape.
That’s how it should look:

Get so.
Bent aluminum strips.

Turn down strips.
Fix it with tape narrow

Fix tape.
Glue colored tape.

Colored adhesive tape.
Cut with scissors unnecessary narrow tape.

Cut off the tape.
Carefully iron the surface for complete bonding of tape.

Using the templates draw out the four feathers.

Cut out the feathers.

Carved feathers.
What you should get.

What happens.
Remove the protective strip and glue the 1st pen, don’t forget to follow parallelism.

Removing the protective film.
Glue 2 more of the pen with the angle between feathers 120 degrees.

The feathers at an angle.
Width 1cm wind (with tension) with aluminum tape before and after the tail.

Wrapped tail.
Here’s how it looks.

Ready-made plumage.
You already know almost everything about how to make arrows for a bow.

Turn to the tips.

If the bow and arrows made for themselves, then maybe You do not need tips for the arrows. But if You still need, consider several options for their production.

The first option is safe arrows, they tip instead of a soft covering such arrows much safer than arrows fighting tip.

The second variant of the production of arrows fighting tip, just warning you that they are really dangerous and can pose a threat to others, so remember safety, and shoot them only in special places.

A safe tip.

What we need for fabrication I have described above in the article. Here is a photo.

Wind the end of the boom with electrical tape, so that the edge played 2 mm tape.

Wind the end of the boom.
See how it should be.

Fix the coin in the following way.

Mount the coins.
Strips of duct tape 8 cm cross (2 PCs.)

Attach it tightly to the boom.

Fasten to the boom.
It is necessary to additionally fix the coin.

Additional fixation.
Fasten the strip of soft material tape.

Now the second one.

Add electrical tape.Cover with a cloth and again anchoring tape.

You can cover the tip with paint. This is a homemade arrow for the bow is completely ready (the option with the safe tip.)

Combat tip.

Again, what you need for making written in the beginning of the article. Can create something of their own, and can use my drawing.

Drawing tip.
Make a mark on the metal.

Cut with scissors on metal.

Cut out the patterns.
What it should be.

Cut tip.
With pliers bend.

Make 4 indentations at the 3 mm depth.

Wearing the cap of his ploskogorie crimp, securing the wire.

Fix the arrow and sharpened the tip.

The arrowhead and arrow with his hands ready.

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