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Chapter 332 of Book 3 is in the queue

May 22, 2015
Posted at 4:53 pm

This week with Arlene and Jeff:

...Shit, just making a nock and fletching one arrow took more than an hour, and I still have to chip an arrowhead and attach it to the shaft. Oh, well, I suppose I'll get faster with practice. No use doing it if I don't do it right.

Sliding his hand up and down the arrow, he thought, It's reasonably smooth, but not as smooth as the Earth arrow. Hmmm. Maybe I should have tried to smooth the blank more before attaching the fletching. I suppose I could take a handful of sand and run the arrow back and forth through it. The thing needs to be as smooth as I can get it or it's going to burn my hand as I fire the arrow. Oh, well. Live and learn. (Unnoticed by Morales, he had become a craftsman - a perfectionist craftsman at that.)

He flexed the Earth arrow, then the arrow blank. They seem about equal. According to the article, the arrow must flex as it is pushed out of the bow by the string. If it has too little flex, it will shoot to the left - too much flex and it will shoot to the right. "Shit, so much to learn. Time to visit that outcropping of what I think is flint. Surely it can't be all that hard to make arrowheads."...

Have a goodun;