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Thousands of years ago one of our ancestors made the breakthrough discovery that an arrow flies straighter by attaching feathers to the shaft. We don’t know anything about our brilliant Stone Age inventor of fletching.
But, we do know the latest people to learn fletching. They’re the twelve YCB members who attended our club’s Fletching Workshop on February 8, led by Shawn Rees and Rick Brown. The purpose of the workshop was to gain knowledge and come away with an ability to do fletching.
Participants were given general information on the purpose, types and shapes of various fletches and adhesives used on today’s arrows. They then dove into practice by preparing arrow shafts and attaching fletches on YCB’s school arrows. Everyone had the opportunity to practice this essential aspect of equipment maintenance and left confident in tackling their own fletching challenges, whether on new shafts or making repairs.
Our thanks to Shawn Rees and Rick Brown for their contributions to this workshop.
This Fletching Workshop was the first in YCB’s Archers Essential Series. Our next workshop in this series will be Tuning Your Compound Bow. The workshop date and facilitator will be finalized shortly.
Future Archers Essentials Series Workshops
Tuning Your Olympic Bow
Bow String Making
Competitive Shooting — the Mental Game
|Arrows fletched and ready to shoot. Mia Sakurai (left) and Aviva Cohen.|
|Marjorie Hollett learns the workings of a fletching jig.|