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Natural Turkey Feather Fletching

PostPosted: Tue Jan 27, 2009 8:18 pm
by rancid crabtree
I use the feathers from the birds we harvest to make my own arrow fletchings. I make the c0ck feathers from the wings of turkeys that I harvest. I am a traditional archer and bowhunter and I make all my own equipment.

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I like to use whole uncut white feathers for the two hen feathers and a homemade c0ck feather. I found 7 good looking specimens (one is a spare)

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Next I split them to get rid of the side that I won’t need.

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Then I find the best section in the middle of the length and cut off the ends. These are longer than I need but I will trim them later

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Because the split base is way to thick I need to thin them down.

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I use a belt sander with a fine grit belt because the bases are pretty soft. I finish them with a sanding block

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The thined feather is a lot less beefy.

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Next I cut them to their finished length.

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After fletching, I use a feather burner to give them their shape.

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Re: How to recycle a turkey and make it fly again

PostPosted: Tue Jan 27, 2009 9:08 pm
by born2hunt
Good info Rancid!

What do you use to split them with? A razor-knife?

Ken

Re: How to recycle a turkey and make it fly again

PostPosted: Tue Jan 27, 2009 9:12 pm
by rancid crabtree
A regular old Stanley construction razor blade knife.

Re: How to recycle a turkey and make it fly again

PostPosted: Tue Jan 27, 2009 9:14 pm
by BowHuntingFool
Good one RC, I just made some flu flu arrows last week from the feathers of my spring tom! I did the spiral fletch, worked pretty smooth!

Re: How to recycle a turkey and make it fly again

PostPosted: Tue Jan 27, 2009 9:40 pm
by TradRag
This is GREAT :!: Too bad I left last springs right wing on top of the Truck last year when I left camp. Thought about it 2 ours later when I started to unpack!!! ROAR! I'll have to try again this year.

Re: How to recycle a turkey and make it fly again

PostPosted: Tue Jan 27, 2009 11:56 pm
by Buddy Bell
Good stuff RC. I hook up a 12V battery charger to each end of my wire and it turns red quick. No blown fuses either.

What kind of weight (3#) do you use for your spine tester? I have fish weights but they are too bulky and not accurate enough.

Re: Natural Turkey Feather Fletching

PostPosted: Thu Jan 28, 2010 9:44 pm
by TradRag
got more feathers on the way!!!

Re: Natural Turkey Feather Fletching

PostPosted: Wed Feb 03, 2010 9:15 pm
by Cyclic-Rivers
Great thread. Hope to be making some of my own soon. Perhaps I can practice on found feathers. ;)

Re: Natural Turkey Feather Fletching

PostPosted: Sun Dec 06, 2015 9:33 pm
by zeek from coon creek
I know this thread hasn't been active for a long time but I have a couple of qustions about the feather burner. Is it home made? Did you build it? If so, would you show us how. I have Young burner but yours looks way more user friendly in the way the arrow is supported.