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So today was spent on spine checking about 80 or so shafts. Had a bunch that were just way to light in the spine but will be great for the wife and small kids. After getting them cut to length, I ended up with 20 very good 43 # to 45# shafts at 28". Also had another ten or so that were in the desired weight range but had a joint too close to the front end of the shaft where I planned to fill with more cane. I also had another 10 or so that were from 38# to 41#. Then another 10 shafts that were from 33# to 35#.  Now I am ready to do the final straightening just to get the little kinks out. Once this is done, I will clean up the nodes some to make them smoother and cleaner. after that, I will begin filling the front section of the shafts with more cane to make them more solid so that I can taper them for the Woodyweights. But they are really looking more and more like future arrows.                                                                                                                                                                                  I plan to go cut some more cane that I will let dry longer before I begin working on them.  You have to straighten them somewhat before you can spine check them to know where to cut them.  I had lost more shafts than I wanted to because i had cut them too short before the spine check. But, the cane is free and then it is just time drying etc. It is a very enjoyable process that gives you reason to try knapped heads as well. I plan to have enough arrows to use both modern steel broadheads as well as the knapped. The next plan is to learn how to knap glass heads for cane arrows.   
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