This piece of antler is very heavy and dense. More than a deer antler.
Be sure to get them the right thickness.
If you use powertools, it will stink - smells just like branding a calf!
Hunting arrows had a tappered backend on the arrowhead - so it could fall out easier and help bleed the animal better.
The tapper also increased the chance of saving the arrow to use again.
Vise grips and a vice helped...
Except for the smell!
It is alot of work by hand, but they didn't seem to mind. Funny how work is more fun when you are making 'weapons'.
Battle arrowheads had the barbed backend that we often think of. The barb ensured the arrowhead was more difficult to extract from an enemy.
Hunting arrowheads were installed onto the arrow shaft to lay vertically - so they would penetrate the ribcage of an animal's vertically aligned ribs easier.
Battle arrowheads were installed horizontally, because only Man has horizontally aligned ribs. Very clever, huh.
They learn best by putting sweat and effort into the learning. It is a great time to tell hunting stories and old west wisdom.
And no, Dad never did actually run into real indians on the plains...