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  • #16
    Shadowwalker; Sounds like you really know what you're doing. Maybe you can figure out a way to do a show and tell. I'm sure there would be an interest. What is it about the rose bush that causes you like to make arrows with them? I have some right behind my house but never pay attention to them as an arrow source. Thanks

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    • #17
      I have two kinds of plants I get my arrow making shafts from here. There are many kinds you can use all over the U.S. but I like these two.
      One is a pink rose that grows about four feet on a long stem, it grows in patches like blackberry patches. The shaft of it is almost the same outside diameter all the way from end to end. I can clean off the thorns when dry without doing too much damage to them. It takes less time to straighten while fireing them.
      The second plant is a green willow that grows along most rivers here. Though not as simmetrical on the outside from end to end. I can draw them green through a flat metal piece with a desired hole type and then go about drying them.
      I been kicking it around about making a pictorial of bow,arrow,point making. And when I do, I'll sure put it on here.

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      • #18
        You're right. I took a look at the rose bushes this week end. I guess I never paid attention before because I was thinking "flower," not utility. Thanks for the advice.

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        • #19
          We went to a huge sports shop while I was visiting hubby in Alabama this weekend. One of the things on our "list" is to get bows and arrows, but we were unsure of which one to get. Hubby has a long bow, but we wanted more usable ones. After asking a lot of questions and hadnling several different kinds, I'm sold on the compound bows. Hubby liked the cross bows, but said he'd be happy with the compound. So we;ll be getting one closer to home as well as a couple dozen arrows and different tips. I've got some hay coming so we can set up a practice range both for the bows and for our guns.

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          • #20
            Herbalpagan, archery is a fun sport. I know you'll like it. If your main concern is a survival situation, I heard some advice I'll always remember. If you're on your own with a compound bow and it breaks, you've got a broken bow. A long bow can be repaired or replaced fairly easily. What ever you get, keep in mind that you can make a bow from a bundle of sticks or a limb or a piece of split wood. You can hunt with all of them once you learn to shoot one. For fun and sport, the compounds are hard to beat. Have fun!

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            • #21
              Craigslist for Weapons??? YES!

              I know the wussies that control it, won't let you sell firearms. And from time to time you can get one on there for awhile or word it so the dummies can't figure it out for a few days. But I have got a CVA Rifle, Hoyt bow, Barnet crossbow,origional K Bar Navy knife from the 50's in great condition,reloading supplies and more. I also have got a fair amount of stuff from the free section and fixed it up to sell or keep or give to someone that I know needs and appriciates it. I also have got rid of things I figure I won't use anymore and just don't want to throw away. I have made some good trades there too.
              People around larger metro areas will do the best as more people to deal with.
              I miss the easy money I made around Nashville, but not enough to go back.Ha,ha,ha.

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