When I first purchased my bow, it came with a lot of supplies. A full bag of goose-feathers, but most of all; A heat-wire feather-cutter. It looked self-built and a bit shoddy. Since I didn't have any information on the voltages needed to run it, I didn't try it right away and before I could get back to it, my father had thrown it out.
(I will not go into how you should mount the feathers themselves, since I don't have the know-how to do it correctly. I just moun them straight and with 120 degree spacing. It works for me.)
This is how I built my own feather-cutter that gets consistent results, every time.
You will need:
- A fused bench power-supply. A standard one that can output 0-40V should be plenty.
- A few scraps of wood.
- Two long bolts and four nuts and two wing-nuts (I've used six nuts as I didn't have any wing-nuts then).
- Wire (I used 0.8mm Stainless Steel Welding wire)
- Flat-nosed pliers.
- A drill/electric screwdriver.
- Wood-screws suitable for your wooden scraps.
- Cables and alligator-clips for your power-supply.
As always when using electricity, take care and don't electrocute yourself!
I am in no way responsible for you getting electrocuted, burned, cut, etc. while following this instructable.