I use a "machine" to stabilise the feathers, and use epox glue (superbonder)
For feathers under 6 inches long I use a fletching machine I bought, its called Pro-Class fletching dig, while for longer feathers (7 inches) I use one of my own design based on medievel processes.
If you decide yo buy one, check wich inclination the machine has, left wing, right wing or straight.
My personal touch is to use a waxed string (such as those used to keep old shoes and boots in one piece - for they serve the purpose perfectly and are pretty cheap) to cover the frontal point of the feather, to protect the hand. 10 turns of string are normaly enough.
I do this on all my arrows for I also shoot using a traditional longbow, without a shelf.
Any doubts just let me know and I'll send a picture of one of my own arrows..
Answered on 11/5/2012 by Anonymous