Tuesday, 4 August 2009

Throwing Dart or Dutch Arrow

Had a play around with the throwing dart i made ages ago today, the two boys and I walked up to the end field and spent a couple of hours just throwing the thing around, as well as the dart i took a throwing string with me to see exactly what difference there was in the distance i was able to throw the dart with and without the throwing string.


The dart itself is made from a pice of wonky old Aspen and is 43 inches long and weighs 2oz, the fletchings are goose feathers that i collected from the lakes, so how does it throw?, the answer is well, without the throwing cord my average distance was 88 feet, with the throwing cord i was averaging around 175 feet, not bad for a two ounce dart, the boys didnt do too badly either, with distances without the cord in the region of  56 feet and with the cord of 90 feet.

Im going to have a go at making another one fairly soon, but this time i will trim the fletchings down so they are almost the same as you would find on a longbow arrow, ie more streamlined and i think i'll try and hollow out the tip of the dart and try adding some weight to it, barring that i'll wrap some lead strip around the tip and cover it with gaffer tape.

There's a couple of video's of the boys and I using the dart on YouTube http//www.youtube.com/watch?v=JTsTRiANC78 & http//www.youtube.com/watch?v=UkuMpPNuoUg