& ARROW MAKING SUPPLIES.
Arrow shafts from ¼"to 23⁄64" in Scots Pine.
3⁄8" to ½" in Ash or Poplar (whichever available)
Pinus Sylvestris, also known as Silver Fir and Norway Pine.
Chris Boyton, of Boyton Archery in England, started making Scots Pine arrow shafts about twenty-
For months we couldn’t get arrow shafts from North America and the situation was getting desperate. It was then that Chris decided to have a go at making shafts in the quantities needed to supply the UK market as well as several other countries, including America!
After experimenting with several different woods, Chris found that Scots Pine, grown in the cold northern countries of Scandinavia, was the most ecological wood available in the quantities needed. Although other woods worked, and were very good, there is problems getting enough that is good enough and planted faster than it is being harvested and, therefore, ecologically friendly.
The photo on the left is the very first batch of arrow shafts made by Chris Boyton. Shown here in the back of my van.
On the right shows Chris Boyton with a trolley full of shafts ready to spine.
When Chris made his first batch of arrow shafts I bought the lot. Amazingly the spine ratio to numbers of shafts was perfect. Most were 40-
The great thing was that there was a complete range of 5⁄16" and 11⁄32". The other sizes came along later and the ¼" and 9⁄32" have proved very popular.
Chris has also been making Ash and Poplar shafts. These are suitable for mediæval style arrows and Longbow Society ‘Standard Arrow’.
Chris has built all his own machinery, and designed and had made that which he could not make himself. He has recently built a machine to make tapered shafts.
The end result of all his hard work is the excellent shafts you shoot today.
THE ARCHERS PARADOX
This photo, taken at night with a very long exposure camera, shows the paradox that can’t normally be seen with the naked eye. The nocks have an LED light in them allowing you to see the spin and paradox quite clearly.
Although not longbows the same thing happens with all arrows. The bow on the left is a compound, the shadow is the archer getting
caught by the camera and walking out of shot before the arrow had arrived at the target. The bow on the right is a recurve.
Its amazing how much the arrows flirt about in flight.
Some of my large stock of Boyton Archery arrow shafts.
I keep many thousands in stock as to spine match arrows takes a lot of shafts!
I colour code the ends to make my life easier and to stop ‘you-
Fletching a medieval arrow out on my range.
My Hilary Greenland self yew bow as well!
Shafts are £24.60 per dozen as they come.
I charge £6 to match them and £10 to weigh them or £16 for both.
I have 1/4”, 9/32”, 5/16”, 11/32” and 23/64” in Pine.
I also do Poplar 13/32” at £2.90 each and 1/2” at £3.25 each. I also do 1/2” tapered, which are £3.80 each.
For both field and target archery I would suggest spine-
The ‘problem’ with weight matching is that each set of a dozen shafts will be matched to each other, usually within 20grains, but it is not always possible to repeat the weight even though another set will again be matched to each other for spine. It does mean you can’t always ‘top-
It’s wood, it grows in strange climates and weather. The likely-
I spine in thousandths of an inch so a really good match is possible. I also mark the arrow shafts with a pencil line so the ‘cock’ feather is always in the right place on the grain lines.
Probably the most important part of archery is getting the arrows correct. Without a straight shooting arrow you will never be good.
I have an arrow matching service, with most spines made up with different pile weights as well. I charge £20 for this and it is well worth the visit to my workshop.
Photo: Rick Reed.
The arrows I use for teaching and also arrow matching to you and your bow.
As you can see I need dozens and dozens, to arrow match.
The arrows are in different baskets for different diameters. With 1/4”, 9/32”, 5/16” and 11/32” in different spines and pile weights.
Several years ago this photo was in the Trueflight trade update. I asked if I could show it in my book (Yeah! I know!!) and was very kindly sent this amazing image.
It shows how feathers are natures ‘velcro’, and the way a feather can be pulled apart and still go back together.
Thank you so much, Trueflight, for allowing me to use this photo.
Photo courtesy of Trueflight Feathers. ©
Hilary Greenland, of Sylvan Archery, is now making hand-
I have some in stock, but these will normally have to be ordered. From £4.80 each
Some of my horn insert, self nocked arrows, with Hector Cole’s type 10 bodkins. (Hector Cole Ironworks)