The Fletcher


Hod the Fletcher is a time served man who has acquired his trade over a period of more than 30 years. He is able to demonstrate the techniques of working the wood of the shafts through all the stages of production from tree to finished product. He will demonstrate all ancillary techniques of employing, production, and completing all other components of the war shaft. This includes; the preparation of feather fletchings, the use of linen thread for whippings, the placement of horn inserts to reinforce the nocks, and the selection and useage of a wide variety of hand forged medieval arrowheads.

He can discuss technical aspects of arrowmaking and their application in the daily use of arrows - how arrows perform and what makes the medieval war arrow the paramount offensive weapon of the 14th and 15th centuries.

His tool box contains a full set of handtools which are appropriate to his trade and are historically contemporaneous to the 15th century. He will discuss and demonstrate each in its function and in the context of its application to fletching.

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