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    • David CoulterDavid Coulter
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      Hi Guys,

      My Webelos are crossing over in a year. Planning a bit ahead, I want to make their Arrow of Light awards in fairly authentic/primative fashion. Does anyone have a decent source for knapped heads? They should not be razor sharp, as these are for ceremonial purposes.

      Also, if anyone has any suggestions or photos of arrows they have done, I’m interested.

      Thanks for your help. best, dwc

    • lyagooshka
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      There are some kits available from 3Rivers. If you want to be more local/authentic, drop me a line. I have a few pre-made heads. They aren’t for hunting. They are not sharp enough. I didn’t make them, I am just using them for templates. I could give you one or two if they fit your need. I can send you a pic if you’re interested.

      I believe this is the link to 3Rivers for a finished one:

      http://www.3riversarchery.com/Replica+Award+Arrow_i4345_baseitem.html

      and for the AOL:

      http://www.3riversarchery.com/Cub+Scout%2F+Webelos+Scout%2C+Arrow+of+Light+Crossover+Award_i5345X_baseitem.html

      and a DIY kit:

      http://www.3riversarchery.com/replica+native+american+plains+arrow+kit_i4301_baseitem.html .

      Hope it helps. Be well.

      Alex

      😀

    • David CoulterDavid Coulter
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      Alex, thanks for your help. I’ll check out 3Rivers. They’re a good outfit. Appreciate you help. dwc

    • Stephen Graf
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      Here’s another more dedicated site…

      http://nativeway.safewebshop.com/index.html

    • Mark Turton
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      My side of the pond you could try Will Lord http://www.beyond2000bc.co.uk/index.html

      Look forward to seeing the finished article.

      Mark.

    • David CoulterDavid Coulter
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      Thanks very much for your help. I’ll look into these for my project. Much appreciated. dwc

    • lyagooshka
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      Remember to post a pic or two of the finished ptoduct!

      😀

    • David CoulterDavid Coulter
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      I will, thank you. It won’t be for several months, I’m sure as the ceremony is next February. Thanks! d

    • David CoulterDavid Coulter
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      Hi Folks,

      Well, my Webelos are crossing over to Boy Scouts this Friday night. Today I finished the ceremonial Arrows of Light, with the help of my daughter, who helped string the beads. My daughter also wrote the “Cub Scout Pack 89” on the rack for me to trace with the wood burner. She loves to be involved in any project.

      I want to thank my good friend Rick, who is also my archery mentor. Rick hunts with a self-bow and has an interest in primitive archery. He showed me how to wrap the fletching with sinew.

      With apologies to our Stone Age ancestors who were masters of this craft, I wanted to style these ceremonial arrows in a primitive fashion. The main departure is the laminated birch shafts. They were generously donated. I searched for cane shafts with came up dry. The stone points were an online auction purchase and each boy chose his own back in September. The feathers were secured from an unfortunate roadside encounter with someone’s bumper and a turkey. My chiropractor also donated two wings for the project.

      I credit Clay Hayes’ video for stripping the feathers from the shaft before fletching. I watched a sinew wrapping video by Mike Cook for mounting the heads. My friend Rich donated the hide glue and the sinew and showed me how to work with it. I cut sections of antler to make beads, representing the number of award pins earned by each scout.

      These are my first attempts at making “primitive ” arrows, so again, my apologies to the masters of this craft.

      Thanks for your interest. Best, david

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    • Robin ConradsRobin Conrads
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      Excellent! Good luck to your new Boy Scouts.

    • David CoulterDavid Coulter
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      Thank you! It’s good to have the project done and I’m happy to be finishing with the boys and moving on to an excellent Scout troop. I’ve been lucky to have an excellent group of great kids. Thank you for your good wishes and your good work! peace, david

    • William WarrenWilliam Warren
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      Good job on those arrows. They will be a nice keepsake for those boys to look back on. I’ll always remember the evening when I made that passage from Weblos to Boy Scout.

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