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    Post by Stonedog Wed Dec 18, 2013 9:03 am

    If you are like me, you like to use standard archery sizes for my bolts.

    Meaning 11/32" diameter shafts and such.

    The problem lies in the fact that it is hard to get a heavy bolt from most of our hardwoods.....enter Ipe.

    Ipe is HEAVY.  In fact there have been pieces that have such a high specific gravity, that they SINK in water.

    They also make a dandy hunting arrow....and bolt.....

    A 15" bolt with a 125 grain head will take down most of our American game, esp. whitetail sized critters, not to mention small game.

    https://buyhardwood.advantagelumber.com/default.aspx

    Adv. Lumber sells Ipe and you can get a 1x6x4' piece for 30$ or so.  That is enough to make 25-27 bolts easily.  Yes you have to cut and plane them by hand....but if you are a hunter you cannot beat them!
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    Post by dirtycoyote Mon Jan 27, 2014 5:22 am

    If you don't want to (or cannot because of lack of tooling) plane them out of larger stock, I found a source for them.  Dowels On Demand http://dowelsondemand.com/ will sell 15" Ipe dowels for $1.60 each. This in 3/8" dia.

    Stonedog - did you make yourself a set of these?
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    Post by Scotty Tue Jan 28, 2014 7:34 pm

    Outstanding!  Thanks for the link.  Cool
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    Post by dirtycoyote Wed Feb 05, 2014 5:31 pm

    A little update to this topic: I ordered 12 of the Ipe dowels, 15" long. They arrived today from Canada! The total for everything is $29.86 ($19.20 for the wood, $10.66 for shipping, no taxes). As soon as I complete my fletching jig and finish the dozen or so practice bolts I am going to make six hunting bolts (w/ 125 gr double blade broadheads). If I can get a camera I will post some pics.

    I like the idea of using some of the exotic woods as bolts, included in my order was a price list of woods available for dowel work. It is extensive (the same list is posted on the website). A cabinet shop near me gets some of its special/exotic on pallets that (sometimes) have been made with some of the same woods that they are shipping. A friend of mine has a stack of cocobolo and purpleheart that he bought from the shop for cheap, all of it came from the shipping boxes/pallets.

    I bet a set of bolts made from purpleheart would look very interesting.....

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