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How to recycle a turkey and make it fly again

Discussion in 'Traditional Bow' started by diyguy, Apr 16, 2014.

  1. diyguy

    diyguy .270 WIN

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    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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