THE BASICS2019-09-21T18:04:17+00:00

It is the little things that count so much…

If you don’t know, you soon will learn that the tiniest things make a difference in archery.  This is particularly true in arrow making.

You will want to know if your bamboo is high quality bamboo.  It is free from the nearly unseen flaws which can make a big difference.

…choosing bamboo which is dependable, bamboo which is likely to last for years.  High quality bamboo is dense, and straight from end to end.  When it hits, the “whip” is tolerated well.

The Usual way to measure a wooden arrow

Take this high quality bamboo, knowing that all the arrows in the group should be measured accurately so that the balance point can be predictable, and the arrows fit your bow and your draw length as they should.

Accurately placing the cock feather and nock can be a bit strange at first.  If you order your shafts from me, I’ll do this for you.  Click on the link to see what tends to be involved.

Once you match static spines across an entire set, you will know how to align the nock and glue it on.  Once the nock is glued on, the arrow can be placed into the fletching jig and the cock feather can then be glued to align with the nock.

By placing the head on straight, and spinning the shafts in a broadhead aligner, we can check for straightness of the shaft, point, and nock.  You can get everything lined up straight and true.

The learning points

why is this important?


Finding the “sweet spot” where everything matches up and the arrows just seem perfect can be found if the arrow maker goes looking for it.  There are four priorities in arrow making, and sometimes they compete against each other.  These four priorities are:

Arrow Length

Arrow Weight

Static Spine

Arrow Balance

There are two reasons I take this much trouble in making an arrow:

The first reason is that I claim to make the very best bamboo arrows you will find on the internet.  They are exceptionally tough, and they will group into a teacup if your form is good.  This is my business.

The second reason goes back to the virtuous cycle mentioned previously.  If I KNOW the arrows will all group tightly, and I find that they are scattering…well, it isn’t my arrows.  IT IS MY FORM!  Now I know what I need to work on.  Success breeds success.  It is just THAT simple.

Few things impress me more than an archer who knows their arrows well, who knows exactly what they want, and knows EXACTLY how to make them.  Sooner or later, this archer is going to a force to reckon with.  Knowledge is power.

Other general topics you should know about.


These are tough arrows.  If you don’t get this step right, you will end up replacing the head…which is a pain in the ass!  Later on this page you will find detailed information on how I prep a head to stay on.

Thanks to those guys up in New England who brought this to my attention!


This might be one of your very first purchases.  I find that a DIXON BROADHEAD ALIGNER years ago.  Apparently this product is no longer sold.  There are good work-arounds though.  Perhaps 3Rivers Archery would be a good place to start.

Click here for a 10% discount at 3Rivers Archery supply

I had almost given up on trying to shoot with a horse bow using a split finger technique. My arrows if they hit the target were usually all over the place. You took the time to measure the poundage of my bow and advised me on the brace height (manufacturer didn’t list a recommended brace height). The results in practice have been phenomenal. Over the past few months I have shot better with my horse bow using your arrows better than I ever thought I could. Even at 50 yards I am happy with the groupings I have put together. I want to thank you for the time, effort and craftsmanship you have put in to your arrows. I will recommend them to anyone trying to improve their traditional archery shooting game.

Thanks again,

Marcus Norwood, Khan's Arrows

Nothing succeeds like success!

When Marcus knows his arrows will group like this, his archery now becomes ALL ABOUT HIS FORM, which is critical.  Consider the outcome of perfect practice over the next 6 months shooting arrows which are reliable and tough?

Bamboo is different from Carbon. How do you make the right decisions about how to start.

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We each have our reasons for coming to archery.  For many years, my favorite shooting buddy was Nipper.  If Archery isn’t fun for you, what is the point doing it? 

As far as an activity goes, few are more rewarding than Archery.  There has certainly been an upsurge in traditional archery lately, and with that comes new archers.  Consider how expensive it is when you buy what you DON’T really need, or equipment which is not particularly good.  It is a fair bet that you will not be having as much fun as you had hoped, and it will get more expensive when you have to buy the equipment a second time…or third time…and hope it is an improvement.

Eventually, you will decide one way or another; “Why are you here?  What kind of archer do you want to be?  What will your archery goals be?”

Q & A

How do I know if my arrow will be safe if you want me to lower the spine?

This is an EXCELLENT question, and I am please someone asked!  So, here is the answer.  I do not MAKE arrows with weaker spines.  I adjust the spine to FLY weaker.  I have a 43 pound bow with no shelf.  It is a primitive bow.  I know that I can shoot an arrow with a static spine which measures no less than 31 pounds.  In my quiver are 24 arrows which have a static spine of 32 – 37 pounds.  BUT I CAN ADJUST THE DYNAMIC SPINE of those arrows to FLY like 30 pound spined arrow, or a 40 pound spined arrow, or anything in between.  The arrow is still stiff enough to be safe, but it flies differently if I tune it differently.  THIS IS EXACTLY WHY I USE THE TERMS STATIC AND DYNAMIC SPINE!  One measures how stiff it is on the spine tester.  The other is the adjustments I make to cause it to fly differently.  This is why I can group arrows which don’t have the same static spines, but will still group into a teacup.