Cedar is becoming a very popular wood for arrow shafts with archers. Yellow Cedar is grown in a narrow belt along the coast from Alaska down to northern Oregon on the west coast of the USA. Grown only slightly further north and more readily available than its close cousin Port Orford Cedar, it is straight grained with a fine even texture. It's a non-resinous wood, with only a slight spicy scent once dry, unlike POC. The wood has a low rated stiffness, has a slightly lower bending and crushing strength compared to Scots pine, but is very resistant to shock.
As an arrow shaft, Yellow Cedar is approx. 5-10% lighter than Scots pine so is ideal for lighter bows, or archers requiring a lighter arrow shaft for quicker speed. As Yellow Cedar is typically non-resinous, it works well with glue. It can take stain, paint, varnish and oils well, and due to the fine, even texture can be brought to an excellent finish. It does have a low humidity rating, so even treated it works best when kept dry. If you get your arrow shafts wet, simply put somewhere dry (preferably room temperature), and leave to dry, when they will gain back their properties.
Our arrow shafts are batched in 5lb increments using the archery-wide system based upon a centre-shot recurve bow. We recommend this be adapted depending on the style of bow you shoot, see our advice page. Once we receive our arrow shafts from the manufacturer, we weigh each individual shaft and batch them by weight. This is so important, as due to the natural properties of wood, the weight can vary in an average batch of 100 shafts by as much as 150 grains. With a usual weight for Yellow Cedar shafts of around 310 grains, this means the weight of your arrows could vary a great deal, even if they look identical. We guarantee that all batches are matched to within 30 grains, often being less than 10 grains.
We recommend Yellow Cedar as a light, strong and flexible, straight grained wood which is ideal for light and medium weight bows, or for archers looking for a light shaft to increase arrow speed. Perfect for cresting, Yellow Cedar looks fantastic, performs well, and is proving to be an excellent material for arrow shafts.