Drying fletchings the Sequillon way

Jordan Sequillon an Olympic archery hopeful and an obviously dedicated person to the archery discipline posted on her blog a how to on drying feathers for arrows. I had left a comment on her blog telling her how timely her post was and that I had half a dozen arrows with flat, squished feathers. She in turn requested that I share my experience with everyone, which I am doing by writing this post.

For the non archers out there the problem is when feathers on arrows get wet they get flat and squished and worse they dry that way.

Squished feather dried out of shape after being soaked from shooting in the rain.

My method up to now had been to take my wet feathers and spin the shafts with my two hands fast, hoping centrifugal force would help get them into better shape for drying, but alas my fletchings were a mess. With the deluge we had in Maine this past weekend my fletchings were in truly poor shape. Fortunately for me Jordan posted her article just in time.

Jordan’s method, by the way, is far, far superior to my little spin jig.  Her process is below copied straight from her blog:

How to dry your feathers

You will need: your arrows, a pot, water, and an oven/stove

  • Fill a pot with water and bring to a boil
  • Hold each arrow’s fletching over the steam
  • Patiently wait for the fletching to start to open up. Remember the fletchings will open the rest of the way as they dry.
  • Place the arrow in a clean dry spot with the points facing down until dry.
  • Repeat for all your arrows and turn off the stove.

I followed her instructions to a the word, I even made sure to turn off the stove.

See some pics of the process below:

Steaming the feathers, I could actually watch them open up, happened faster than I expected.

My half dozen, looking good again after a hot steam bath!

Jordan Sequillon’s posts really great information useful to all archers. Her blog address is as follows, just click to get there:


Thanks, C.


6 thoughts on “Drying fletchings the Sequillon way

    • A light misting of hair spray before the rain helps the feathers keep their shape longer . If you spray too much they will flatten out right away. I have tried the powders sold at archery shops but with little success. Some other archers have had luck with Scotch Guard.

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