Lord Caoimhin mac an Fhleisdeir, CAH
SCA - Drachenwald - Emerald Glen
This small booklet is a step-by-step instruction to build your own Self-Nock
1. Tools you will need:
Two Hacksaw blades which are taped together ((both should face the same
direction) for cutting the raw Nock in the Shaft).
A flat key file (for opening the raw Nock to the desired width).
A round key file (for getting a round bottom on the Nock (the file should
bea little bit thicker than your string at the nock point))
A Tapering Tool (looks like a pencil sharpener (make sure, that it fits your
A heat source (for melting the hot glue in the Tip).
Pliers (for holding the hot tip).
A cup filled with cold water (for fast cooling of the hot Tip).
Pins with a round head (for pinning down the fletches).
A thick brush or a dipping tool (a arrow-lang pipe which is closed on one
side and holds the paint or stain).
A thin, longhair brush (for cresting your arrows).
A solid table (workbench) with a working surface.
A device which holds your arrows in place while working on them.
A sharp knife.
A ruler (30 - 32" long).
A small hacksaw.
The next items you will only need if you want to cut your own fletching
Razor blades (for cutting the fletches).
A plate of hard material ((for cutting the fletches on (wood, steelplate,...))
aproximatliy 10" x 5" and 1/8" high).
A template in your fletching style (cut out of a steel plate or hard plastic).
2. Material (which you will need for several
Hot melting glue sticks (Industrial stuff works best).
Glue for the fletches (Fletch-Tite (great stuff),...).
Sand Paper (for sanding down the edges at the Nock and for sanding down the
arrow before painting (Grit arround 200 and 300)).
Wrapping material (for wrapping down the fletches (Nylon filament, Silk,
Simple gel-like glue (for fixing the wrap on the Shaft).
Water based paint or stain (Oilbased stuff will give you some problems when
gluing down your fletches).
Color (for cresting your arrow).
3. Material which you need for making one arrow:
Raw Shaft (at least two inches longer than your draw length or your desierd
Feathers (full length or pre cut).
Arrow head (Field-Tips for shooting on training targets, etc...).
The 17 steps for building your own self-nocked
Part A: Shaft
1. Cutting the raw nock in the shaft
2. Getting the raw nock wide
3. Making a round bottom in the nock
4. Shape the inside of the nock
5. Shape the outside of the nock
6. Sanding nock and shaft
7. Cutting the shaft on the desired length
8. Tapering the front part of the shaft to get
the head on
9. Checking the possition of the head
10. Paint or stain the shaft
11. Gluing the head on the Shaft
Part B: Fletching
12. Cutting the fletches in shape
13. Gluing the fletches on the shaft
14. Wraping the fletches on the shaft
15. Fixing the wrap
Part C: Finishing
16. Crest the shaft
17. Getting the arrow waterproof