from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A span; a measure of about six inches.
- n. A unit of length, 6 - 6½ inches or 2 palms, i.e. 15.24 cm, the width of the fist and outstretched thumb of a standard archer.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as shaft-mond.
- n. The part of an arrow on which the feathering is laid.
The painted area, intended for the feathers, is called the shaftment and not only helps in finding lost arrows, but identifies the owner.
Picking up an arrow shaft he clamped it between his left arm and chest, holding the rear end above the shaftment in his left hand.
Line up your feathers so that they run straight down the shaftment and are equidistant.
Having cut them to length, take a hand plane and shave the last six inches of the rear end or shaftment so that the diameter is reduced to
Along the axis of your arrow run three parallel lines of glue down the shaftment.
After a few turns proceed up the shaftment, adjusting the feathers in position as you rotate the arrow.