I like 'em, (mine were from the same chap btw) although being my first non-metal arrows and also the first arrows I've ever tried making, maybe I'm not all that qualified to review them
I understood that GNAS allows Bamboo longbows? So why not Bamboo arrows? Seems to me they'd make a fantastic alternative to wood, being much stronger? CheersI'm just finishing off my first set (using, not making) and down to my last 3 now time to buy more sticks. OK, grasses. And on that topic............ if they're not in the same GNAS class as woodies, what do GNAS say they are? Aluminium? Carbon fibre? Unobtainium?
Dunno about the GNAS view of wood v. grass, but as someone replied if bamboo is ok for bows .....I don't think that they are allowed in Longbow or Traditional GNAS styles, so I won't be using them. The rules state that arrows should be made from wood, and since bamboo isn't wood the arrows aren't legal.
You are probably correct in your assumption, Tiger, the Chinese Ebay Seller and owner of the bamboo factory does seek associates in other countries so your Local seller may be his associate, but looking at the prices the cost is about 2.5 times that of purchasing them from China.perhaps someone has an exclusive - Mark?
I'm not an expert, but .....
No to both so far.Berny, did you plug the ends or get the neck of the pile up against a node when you were making them?
Thanks for the reply Mark ... are you supplying tonkin shafts? if you are, I wouldn't mind buying a fewThis is my understanding of why Tonkin is used rather than other bamboo species.
When I first started talking to Tiger about making bamboo shafts I wanted Chinese Arrow Bamboo (Fargesia spathace)which was used by the Chinese and is somewhat lighter. This is the bamboo famously eaten by the Panda. I did get two deliveries of this and it is good, but Tiger reported that there was too much difficulty cutting shafts of the right size, there is a major difference in strength between one or two years growth which you can't really tell until cut andsorted, too much wastafe due to insect damage.
Tonkin is easier to cut in the right size, it is very insect resistant (though I have had to reject a fair few insect damaged shafts myself), the wall thickness is greater and the power fibres are spread throughout the wall thickness and it is somewhat easier to straighten. All this means it can be harvested and made into arrows in bulk rather than a craft industry.
These same advantages are why Tonkin got a good reputation for making bamboo rods.
There certainly have been other bamboos used for arrows, notably the Korean Arrow Bamboo (Sasa coreana) and Japanese Arrow Bamboo (Pseudosasa japonica). I've seen some very delicate looking narrow Indian bamboo war arrows with small triangular bodkin points which seemed incredibly strong. So far I have had zero response from the parts of the Indian government who are alledgedly set up to promote commercial use of bamboo in India though. It is still used there for arrows, but I can't get hold of any :>(
I may be wrong but I am under the impression that many bow backings sold as Tonkin aren't actually Tonkin at all. I beleive it would be quite hard to find true Tonkin wide enough to make a bow backing. If there is a source of large Tonkin poles I'd love to know so I could try it as a bow building material myself.