Building a Dagorhir
Special thanks to Scion d'Ur
of the Dagorhir realm of
Angaron for this incredible contribution in developing these pages,
instructions, and splendid graphics. While this design is not the only one
allowed or in use, it is a recognized standard highly recommended for safety and
This should work for wood,
aluminum and carbon shafts.
The illustrations show
(there are quite a few images so it may take
a while to load.)
NOTE: Wooden shaft arrows
need to be wrapped in duct tape.
Start with a bare arrow shaft about 31 or
32 inches long. That way, after the head is built, the bottom of the arrow
will be the 28" mark. If the arrow still has a tip, REMOVE IT! They can be
twisted off with a pair of pliers. Wrap the tip with a 1 to 1.5 inch wide
strip of duct tape, flush to the tip, so that it's about the diameter of a
Add a penny to the top and run strips of
duct tape over it, strapping it down. Adding some epoxy to the bottom of the
penny is recommended, but not necessary.
Add more strips of tape around and over top
until there is NO WAY the arrowhead can push past the penny and through the
tape and following applications of foam.
Applying contact cement to the arrow tip
sides and top and to a strip of closed cell foam, wrap a layer of foam around
the arrowhead, flush to the top. Cut out two discs of closed cell foam and
adhere to the top of the arrowhead with contact cement.
Wrap the arrowhead once again with a strip
of closed cell foam so it wraps around the first ring and the discs. Attach a
3 to 4 inch block of gray open cell computer packing foam. White couch
cushion foam may be too soft. The open cell foam should have some amount of
resistance to it, or else the open cell compresses too fast and the harder
closed cell foam hits with almost the full 35 lbs of force.
Wrap a strip of duct tape around where the
open cell joins the closed cell. Cover with yellow cloth and tape down the
cover and bottom of the arrow head with more duct tape. It is important to
test the arrow head to see if it wobbles.
While the arrow nock should be secured in
place with some sort of adhesive, wrap a small piece of tape around the nock
holding it to the arrow shaft.
Last, but not least, mark the 28" point
along the shaft from the nock and wrap a strip of duct tape so that you cannot
draw the arrow past that point. This is the "draw stop" and will prevent an
arrow to be fired at greater than 35 lbs pull.
Here's an alternate design for adding the closed cell foam to the penny-wrap...
(The yellow foam on top of the grey is softer couch cushon foam.)