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    • rwbowman
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      I did away with the wrapped suede grip and came up with a $5 fix from a craft store in the form of deertanned leather. I also got a chance to put some of the scouting trip’s turkey feather find to work.

    • Wexbow
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      Nice work 😀

    • rwbowman
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      Thank you Wex. The feathers are hand cut with scissors and masking tape and split with a knife (because I’m cheap). I couldn’t find any artificial sinew the other day, so I settled for a strand of B50 Dacron. (I was raised in the “if you can’t buy it, make it or substitute it” fashion) I’ve found this attitude to work for a number of things, stopping short of the motor vehicles.

    • Ben M.
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      rwbowman wrote: The feathers are hand cut with scissors

      Wow, man! I noticed your fletching was a little different, and I like it, but I missed this post about you making it with scissors. Nice work!

    • George McCloskey
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      Beautiful work. I like the cut on the feathers. Have you named it?

    • rwbowman
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      Thanks guys! The feather cut has no name. It’s the result of my attempt at drawing a shield cut on masking tape, laid on the inside of the feather. The tape keeps the feather from ‘running’ away from the blades. I found the technique on youtube. I just keep the trimmed piece of masking tape to use as a template and let it build up from feather to feather.

    • wildschwein
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      Looks real good, feathers and grip both. And judging by your group I’d say them Kansas snakes are in a heap of trouble 😯 .

    • codger
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      Very nice work i really like that grip. ive never card for the suede grips many bowyers use they seem to get ugly with use when i have a bow made i usually ship the bowyer some black smooth leather.I really like the Fletching beautiful job cutting them out.

    • rwbowman
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      Wildschwein, those dang snakes better stay outta the way! If a rattler happens along, I may give it a shot (good to roast over a fire).

      Thanks Codger. I actually put the suede wrap on first, as it was what I had, but I didn’t like it much either. I went searching for a good piece of leather and found the black deer-tanned at the craft store. I love it. I was originally going to use all wild turkey feathers on my fletching, but was running out of right wing feathers quickly as I experimented with methods for cutting and burning.

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