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The only thing about the river cane that slows you down is the actual drying time. I started straightening the shafts again, the 3rd time for me. I managed 34 shafts before I had to give my thumbs and fingers a break from the heat. Yeah, that cane holds the heat very well but it also gives you a little time to work a spot over. But the shafts are really looking good and getting straighter each time I do it. I am using a heat gun to heat the cane up carefully and then using my thumbs mainly along with the heels of my hands.                                                                                                                                                                                              I started off with nearly a 100 pieces of river cane and am now down to sixty something do to the learning curve. I have been letting the cane dry slowly inside a nice dry place. Sometime after the next straightening of the shafts, I will begin addressing the nodes and making them more smooth and less noticeable. Then once they are about as straight as I can get them, I will spine test them and cut to a usable length, probably 28". I will fill the head end of the shaft with more cane slivers glued in before tapering them for the 125 grain Woodieweights. On these shafts, I plan to use dark yellow 5/16 nocks just because they are my first ever cane arrows. I will be using a two 5" feather fletch.                                                                                                                                                                                                      For you thinking about trying the river cane, it can be straightened quite easily usinf heat. You end up with a spot that is very plasic (hope that is the right word) for a few moments that allows you to change the bends on the cane in that spot. It is just really awesome to look back at that cane that looked so far from being remotely straight when you cut it to what you end up with. As I have said before, we cut far more cane than what we may have needed at first because I knew that there would be a learning curve.  My worst mistake was on some, trying to address the nodes first before the straightening process. Now I know to wait, you will get a cleaner stronger shaft. It will be a while before I am able to shoot these but I plan to have a quiver full to hunt with next season. And I can't wait! Jerry   
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Sounds like you're on a path to some awesome arrows there Jerry.


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