So, I’m standing near a conversation that’s going on at Shawn’s Archery, and they’re talking about ‘bareshaft’. I hear, ‘bearshaft’. I figure maybe it has something to do with hunting, despite the fact that we’re doing target archery here.
Then, in no time, Shawn’s telling me it’s something I should do. What he means is to shoot an arrow without fletching on the end (that would be feathers, if you were imagining a stereotype of an arrow.) It helps you figure out whether your arrows are the right ones for you.
Aaaand, since there were already fletches there, they had to come off. Rip, rip, rend, scrape.
I’ve got seven. Ok, so I was down to six fletched ones, which is a nice even number.
We got to talking about experiments and how the more times you repeat the experiment, or the more subjects you have to experiment on, the more true your results will be. Well, don’t we get the bright idea that I should rip up another one of my arrows. I was a little caught up in the joy and abandon of willful destruction.
One would say that arrows are spined for your bow. That means how stiff they are. If you’re pulling a stronger bow, you need the arrows to be stiffer; a weak bow, more flexible. The fletching gives it more stability so when you take it off, the arrows will go more the way they want to. If they aren’t spined right for you, they veer off course a teeny bit. We moved the targets back to exaggerate their path a little more, too.
Mine did this totally weird and obvious curving thing just a few metres before it got to the target. Very exciting. I learned something. Unfortunately, that something was that I should buy some different arrows. And until then, I’ve got a couple that don’t have fletching anymore.