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We went to the river and collected a bunch of river cane. the next day  we cleaned the the excess stuff off and in some cases I shorten the bigger pieces. After the initial cleaning and trimming, I put them into bundles to let them dry maybe in a straighter manner. I will leave them alone basically drying in the carport on the floor with a box fan blowing towards them. I still have to build my spine tester but I have plenty of time to do this. I plan to do the 2 feather fletch later. I also plan to fill in the front section with split cane and glue so I can taper the front end. I may also fill the nock end and use plastic nocks. One of the bundles is actually bamboo that I harvested, I don't know how well it will work because it has a much quicker taper. I plan to in the next week or two, use my 72" sander to clean up the node areas some. So, with this much material to work with, I will be able to learn as I go easier. I have close to a hundred shafts to work with at the moment so I can afford some screwups. I may document future steps for people to see and critique as I begin this journey. There are 5 pics total 20200329_130546.jpg 20200329_130550.jpg 20200329_130558.jpg 20200329_150244.jpg 20200329_190223.jpg 

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Looks like you've got a good supply there to start with.
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Maybe of interest to you. The latest issue of Primitive Archer Magazine has an article about spine calculations. He is using bamboo shafts as his example. He gets technical about the spine thing but there are some tips there as well about working with boo you might find of use for your project.
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Have fun and good luck! keep us updated!
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a small update, I have cleaned up the nodes etc on a bundle of about 25 river canes as well as 2 or 3 bamboo shafts. I actually light sanded the nodes as well, trying hard not to get carried away and yet smoothing them up some. So what I have found out so far is this, the river cane is hands down easier and faster to do all of this than the bamboo. The bamboo has very hard twigs growing from the nodes that have to be ground down. no problem with my 72" belt sander but still time consuming and tedious. I went a head and purchased a heat gun so that I can being the first stage of straightening the shafts. But already they are looking like good looking shafts. I wish that I had known all of this years ago. I also purchased a digital caliper for making my spine tester. I have it all pretty much built except for a couple brackets to make it usable on a table. the hardest thing about the whole spine tester build was the two pound weight thing. But I used scrap lying around to make it. This is actually a pretty easy thing to take the river cane and turn them into arrows. The bamboo, at least the kind that I have is a lot more challenging but doable. This has been a pretty cool project that I am really enjoying and can't wait to get shootable arrows. But right now is about the 1st straightening as they dry. And I have 3 more bundles to do as I feel like it. 
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So I tried my first attempts at heating and straightening the cane. It is really easy to do, I am using the heat gun. But one has to be mindful of how hot the cane gets and stays for a little while. I did manage to bump into the heat gun nozzle with my left hand when I set it down. still know exactly where I touched it LOL. I straighten some pretty wild bends into much straighter shafts. But I plan to get the shafts even better after they get cut to length. So for this bundle of shafts, it is now the waiting game for them to dry and season. I will probably do another bundle tomorrow since I have nothing else to do. 
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