TreeBlaskted Oak

Arrow Making Tutorial

  1. Shafts
  2. Feathers
  3. Nocks & Points
  4. Tools
  5. Shaft Preperation
  6. Lacquering
  7. Nocking
  8. Fletching
  9. Tipping

Medieval Arrows



I use a gasket lacquering system because it is quick, dripless and low odor. Gasket lacquer is extremely thick, so to use it you will need a dip tube with a gasket on top. Although it is relatively low odor you will want to use it in a well ventilated area. You will need to keep the dip tube filled to about an inch from the top. For this system I recommend having some form of stand nearby that you can rest the dip tube in between each dip. I use the towel bar in my bathroom.

To use:
  • Hold the shaft by the top
  • Place it into the dip tube through one of the holes in the gasket. Do not let go of the shaft!
  • When the shaft has gone as far as it can with you still maintaining a firm grip, pull it straight out at a slow even pace.
  • Hang it to dry and begin on the next one. I hang mine from clips hung off the shower curtain rod above my bathtub. You should not need to worry about dripping if using the gasket lacquer.

The lacquer dried quickly, so after you have coated the entire set (12 arrows), you can begin the next coat. Make sure that you dip the shaft starting with the opposite end. This way, the area that you were holding before and didn’t get any lacquer on it is the first part to go into the tube, and you are holding onto part that had been coated before. Switch back and forth for each coat. I usually do about 2-4 coats of lacquer, depending on how shinny I want the arrow to be. Generally, I lacquer my shafts in the evening so they can completely dry overnight before I begin fletching.


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