Society for the Promotion of Traditional Archery
SPTA events require traditional arrows -this means a wooden or bamboo shaft with natural feather fletch.
Piles (cylindrical arrowheads) or modern versions of the bodkin are accepted at most events -please ask if you intend to use any arrowhead other than these as they may damamge the targets. Blunts are used for some targets and roving ('hoyles').
Archers often like to personalise their arrows, and you should at least put your name on them -this is required in most societies.
FOOTED TARGET ARROWS
the length of shaft just behind the pile can be strengthened by footing the arrow -splicing hardwood onto the softwood shaft. This can alsp help the arrow's flight by modifyinh the centre of pressure/gravity.
FLUFLUS the feather is spiralled around the shaftment, slowing the arrow.
FLIGHT: the opposite of a fluflu! The arrowshaft is modified with tapering (barrelling or chesting) to modify point of balance.
SOME TYPES OF HEAD USED IN TARGET/FIELD etc
LEFT to RIGHT: Short nose (conical) pile,Long nose (field point),brass bullet piles in 2 different weights, steel piles similar, modern bodkin, blunt, bludgeon.
Piles are cylindtical heads which are least damaging to targets.
SOME TYPES OF FLETCHING/SHAFTMENT
LEFT to RIGHT: Parabolic plastic nock, fliuflu,bound self-nocked, bound self nocked no cresting. target (part hidden),field style(3)with plastic nocks,flight.