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I recently posted I was having trouble getting cane shafts so I looked online for cane suppliers & came across The Cane Store who supply rattan cane etc. for furniture. Sent an e-mail & ended up buying 3 metres of 8mm Centre cane - postage cost as much as the cane - total: £9.90. Seems a lot but I can get over 20 sets out of that which is less than 50p a set & I am enjoying kitting out a few sets of my old brass darts. Just thought I would post this in case anyone else was having the same trouble. The Cane Store were really helpful & kept the postage costs down as best they could by sending approx. foot lengths.

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Ayup Hutch

Be great to see some pics.

Shed
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Indeed, pics would be interesting. Bearing my ignorance, but are they whittled by hand or turned on a lathe? Old equipment is interesting and unique. One gentleman that plays in my league still uses real feather flights. We have discussed them at length. Again, very interesting to see how things were done via different routes.
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Unicorn Raymond Van Barneveld Phase 2 25gr
Unicorn Raymond Van Barneveld Phase 5a 24gr Natural
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(07-18-2015, 12:25 PM)Shed inn Wrote: Ayup Hutch

Be great to see some pics.

Shed

Hi Shed. Attached a couple of pics     of darts I've fitted with cane shafts. I'm a bit nostalgic for the old stuff & seems only fitting for a set of Jim Pikes to have cane shafts & paper ... & it feels really good to hit a good score with these big barrels filling up the treble!


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(07-18-2015, 02:45 PM)AD18 Wrote: Indeed, pics would be interesting. Bearing my ignorance, but are they whittled by hand or turned on a lathe? Old equipment is interesting and unique. One gentleman that plays in my league still uses real feather flights. We have discussed them at length. Again, very interesting to see how things were done via different routes.

Hi
Have attached a couple of pics on reply to shed. The cane just needs to be cut to length allowing about a 1/4 inch to screw into the barrel of the dart. Shave a little off the end using a pencil sharpener & craft knife & the cane makes it's own thread when you screw it into the barrel. Split the other end to allow for the flight, taper it a little with a pencil sharpener & you're good to go!
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(07-20-2015, 08:15 AM)Little Hutch Wrote:
(07-18-2015, 12:25 PM)Shed inn Wrote: Ayup Hutch

Be great to see some pics.

Shed

Hi Shed. Attached a couple of pics of darts I've fitted with cane shafts. I'm a bit nostalgic for the old stuff & seems only fitting for a set of Jim Pikes to have cane shafts & paper ... & it feels really good to hit a good score with these big barrels filling up the treble!

Great shots my first set were Jim Pikes, the only thing I disliked was trying to slide the spring-steel collar into position on the stems to keep the flights in place.
I eventually found some small rubber tubing (old fashioned electrical insulation) was far better.

Cheers
Dorian
Son of Merlin

Caerleon - Wales

(Mission "KURO" M4 rear taper design- 23GmYellow Kite Shape Flights 100 micron & Solid Brass Stems)

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That's very interesting to know and see how it's done. I'll mention it to the gent in my league when it resumes in fall. Thanks!!!!
Target Raymond Van Barneveld 9Zero 26gr
Unicorn Raymond Van Barneveld Phase 2 25gr
Unicorn Raymond Van Barneveld Phase 5a 24gr Natural
Unicorn Phase 3 24gr
Unicorn Keegan Brown 22g

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Back in the day we would make our stems from hickory cut from a shunters pole, after whitling to the required shape we would varnish them prior to use.
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(07-20-2015, 11:09 AM)Dorian Wrote:
(07-20-2015, 08:15 AM)Little Hutch Wrote:
(07-18-2015, 12:25 PM)Shed inn Wrote: Ayup Hutch

Be great to see some pics.

Shed

Hi Shed. Attached a couple of pics of darts I've fitted with cane shafts. I'm a bit nostalgic for the old stuff & seems only fitting for a set of Jim Pikes to have cane shafts & paper ... & it feels really good to hit a good score with these big barrels filling up the treble!

Great shots my first set were Jim Pikes, the only thing I disliked was trying to slide the spring-steel collar into position on the stems to keep the flights in place.
I eventually found some small rubber tubing (old fashioned electrical insulation) was far better.

Cheers
An "O" ring of the appropriate size would possibly be a neat & tidy way to finish off the set up.
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