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as i'm more interested in the engineering than the history, would anyone here know the proportions for ya? i'd also like to know what anyone can give me concerning materials, etc. things like construction i'm already familiar with(from fletching in general) but notes on balancing are welcome, but uneccesary.
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What do you mean by proportions? The length, diameter and such?
As for materials, there are a lot of types of ya and each one has its particularity. If you want, I'll post the details of each type of ya in a separate post (it's just it's a lot to type and comments are limited in their length).
i'm most interested in war arrows, and heavy hunting arrows. i'm likely going to be adapting the arrows for use with self longbows and a couple of horse bows. as to proportions, getting a set of measurments for any arrow will allow me to work out the measurements for another size. two or three sizes of arrows would work even better.

so yes, length, diameter, the measurments of the fletchings, where they start in relation to the tail of the arrow without the nock, nock notch depth and width, you get the idea. likely i will be using these arrows for hunting(i really do like the look of some of the heavier japanese arrows) so will be putting some form of heavy broadhead to them.

as i said, war arrows are preferred, if you have info on them. i'll need something with range and punch, since i won't be shooting at an innocent range target, but things like elk, deer, etc.
War arrows, huh? Well, I myself am more fond of war use of bows than just for sport but in modern kyudo the bow and arrows are hardly used even for hunting (even in kyuba). But I'll try to find what you're looking for. It can take some time, though, but I'll try to do it this week (besides, I too am interested in this matter :-)))
no worries on the time. there's precious little information on construction of the arrows, aside from the fact they're traditionally made from bamboo, and a few inches longer than standard(possibly 100cm for me.)

i'd like to know what kind of fletching techniques are used, if you have that kind of info, as well as the species feathers are pulled from. there seems to be significance in the layout, where the joints in the bamboo come.

points are of no concern, i'll probably be adapting in whistling features to my arrows, for hunting use.
I've heard that the best feathers are ones made from raptor feathers, but those would illegal to get in the U.S. I've often wondered how a ya made from owl feathers would fly just because owl feathers have little structures that make them extra quiet when they fly.
likely it'd fly really stable, considering the layering of feathers that goes into an owl's wings...

if nothing else, you'd get a LOT of fletchings from one owl..

i've wondered at raptor feathers, as they can be obtained, and it is legal to hunt them under certain conditions(depending on state)...

maybe i should talk to some falconry clubs, maybe get some feathers from them...
yeah talking to falconry clubs would be a good thing think. I've also heard that most people use turkey feathers now a days anyways because stuff like sea eagle feathers are so rare to even come by.
the europeans used goosefeathers, partially because they were the best available, and also because they're damn stable, more so than turkey(and were preferred over turkey in the new world). i've shot both. goose seems to fly a bit better, at least at range. i'm waiting on word back from a falcon breeder here in washington, we'll get the legal issues answered at least.