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Arrowsmith - Simple Fletching

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  • Updated 08/02/2012
  • Created 11/18/2011
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  • Release Type: Release
  • License: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-NC-SA 3.0)
  • Newest File: Arrowsmith: Dawnguard Edition v.1

About Arrowsmith - Simple Fletching

Arrowsmith allows you to craft arrows in bundles of 50.


Vanilla Users:
Download the Vanilla Edition.
If not using the Curse Client, extract Arrowsmith.esp and Arrowsmith.bsa to Skyrim\Data.
Also available on Steam Workshop:

Dawnguard Users:
Download the Dawnguard Edition.
If not using the Curse Client, extract Arrowsmith-dawnguard.esp and Arrowsmith-dawnguard.bsa to Skyrim\Data.
Also available on Steam Workshop:

-- FAQ --

Q: Why did you make a Dawnguard version if Dawnguard already has arrow crafting?
A: Several reasons:
1. To rebalance the arrow crafting. Arrowsmith: Dawnguard Edition makes the more powerful arrows a little harder to get, requiring rare or expensive materials to make them.
2. Arrowsmith also adds recipes for Ancient Nord Arrows and Nord Hero Arrows.
3. Arrowsmith also requires fletchings for most arrows and adds several ways to get them.
4. Some players who used the Vanilla Edition asked for it.

Q: Where do I get Fletchings?
A: See the Recipes section below.

Q: How do I pluck Chicken Feathers?
A: Target a living chicken and press your Use/Activate key (E by default) as if you were trying to talk to them. You can also kill chickens and loot the feathers, but the villagers generally don't like that.

Q: Nothing happens when I press the Use/Activate key on a living chicken.
A: There are several possibile fixes:
Fix 1: Leave the area (fast travel) and come back. This will force the chicken(s) in the area to reload with the new plucking script attached to them. This mainly happens when you load a save that already had non-pluckable chickens loaded (eg. loaded it immediately after installing the mod).
Fix 2: Disable other mods that also modify chickens or re-order the load order so that Arrowsmith takes priority. Any mod that modifies the EncChicken actor or ChickenRace race will conflict with Arrowsmith.
Fix 3: One user reported that unsubscribing from the mod and then re-subscribing made it work.

Q: I don't see the Fletchings option at the tanning rack.
A: You need at least one of the materials (feathers) for it to appear.
Reason: It's similar to leather in that there are multiple ways to make leather (different animal hides) so most of them are hidden unless you have one of the materials.

Q: Why do hawks disappear when I shoot them?
A: Your Object Fade/View Distance is too low. Turn it up in the launcher settings or the game settings.
Reason: Hawks are moving world objects rather than normal NPCs/actors. The game replaces the hawk with a lootable object (container) when you shoot it. If your object view distance is low, you won't be able to see the newly spawned object unless you are close to where it falls.

Q: Why doesn't my HUD's equipped arrow count update when I make new arrows?
A: This is a known bug that I haven't been able to figure out how to fix. It's present in Dawnguard's arrow crafting too.

Q: Can you remove the perk requirements?
A: I will not, but you can using the Creation Kit if you want.

Q: Will you add _____ arrows?
A: I will not add arrows that aren't already in the game.
Arrows that are already in the game, but not in this mod (Forsworn, Falmer, etc) won't be added either.
This mod is meant to fit the existing smithing design and not add random things.

Q: Can I translate this mod to another language?
A: Yes, but the mod must be uploaded to Steam Workshop, credit must be given to me for the original version.

Q: Will you upload this mod to Nexus?


3 Hawk Feathers OR 3 Hagraven Feathers OR 3 Quills OR 3 Chicken Feathers
- Crafted at the tanning rack

Iron Arrow (50)
5 Firewood, 5 Iron Ingot
- No special requirements. Craftable from the start.

Steel Arrow (50)
5 Firewood, 2 Iron Ingot, 2 Steel Ingot
- Requires Steel Smithing perk.

Ancient Nord Arrow (50)
5 Firewood, 1 Iron Ingot, 2 Steel Ingot
- Requires Skyforge crafting unlocked.
- Can only be crafted at the Skyforge.

Orcish Arrow (50)
5 Firewood, 1 Orichalcum Ingot, 1 Iron Ingot, 1 Steel Ingot, 1 Fletchings
- Requires Orcish Smithing perk.

Dwarven Arrow (50)
5 Firewood, 1 Dwarven Metal Ingot, 1 Iron Ingot, 1 Steel Ingot, 1 Fletchings
- Requires Dwarven Smithing perk.

Elven Arrow (50)
5 Firewood, 1 Refined Moonstone, 1 Quicksilver Ingot, 1 Fletchings
- Requires Elven Smithing perk.

Glass Arrow (50)
5 Firewood, 1 Refined Moonstone, 1 Refined Malachite, 1 Fletchings
- Requires Glass Smithing perk.

Ebony Arrow (50)
5 Firewood, 1 Ebony Ingot, 1 Fletchings
- Requires Ebony Smithing perk.

Nord Hero Arrow (50)
5 Firewood, 250 Ancient Nord Arrow, 10 Steel Ingot, 5 Iron Ingot, 1 Fletchings
- Requires Skyforge crafting unlocked.
- Can only be crafted at the Skyforge.

Daedric Arrow (100)
10 Firewood, 2 Ebony Ingot, 1 Daedra Heart, 2 Fletchings
- Requires Daedric Smithing perk.

Dragonbone Arrow (50)
10 Firewood, 5 Dragon Bones, 1 Ebony Ingot, 1 Fletchings
- Requires Dragon Armor (Smithing) perk.

Steel Bolt (25)
2 Firewood, 1 Steel Ingot, 1 Iron Ingot, 1 Fletchings
- Requires Steel Crossbows unlocked through Dawnguard quests

Dwarven Bolt (25)
2 Firewood, 2 Dwarven Metal Ingot, 1 Fletchings
- Requires Dwarven Crossbows unlocked through Dawnguard quests

Exploding [Steel | Dwarven] Bolt of [Ice | Shock | Fire] (25)
25 [Steel | Dwarven] Bolt, 5 [Frost | Void | Fire] Salts
- Requires Exploding Bolts unlocked through Dawnguard quests

v.1 - 02 Aug 2012
- Initial Release, based on Arrowsmith: Vanilla Edition v.3c


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  • #53

    I can't get it to work, when I start up Skyrim I can't click data files 

  • #54

    You probably have some mod manager disabling it. Edit your skyrimprefs.ini file and change bEnableFileSelection=0 to bEnableFileSelection=1. Google the problem for more details. Lots of people have had the same problem.

    Or just install it from Steam Workshop

  • #51

    Where you do get the feathers from?? I cant figure it out to save my dang life

  • #52

    Look up in the sky and you should see Hawks flying about.

    They have Feathers and Beaks.

  • #50

    nvm found it

  • #49

    having trouble downloading this curse just keeps flashing but not doing anything where is the manual download

  • #47

    So im hitting an issue where the ability to craft fletching bundles doesnt appear (checked tanning rack) and all the other stuff (IE arrows) are appearing, any tips/

  • #48

    It'll only appear if you have at least one feather. It's like how you don't see all of the different ways to make leather unless you have at least one animal hide.

  • #45

    Oh heh, someone already had pretty much my exact idea about dragonbone weapons, including the necessary game-balancing rare ingredient:

    I do like your way of dealing with fletching much better, though.

  • #44

    Hmm, I think something ate my post; trying again.

    What about arrow improvement at workbenches? For those of us who like doing utterly improbable amounts of damage. :P

    Some ideas that are probably out of scope of your mod, but maybe worth thinking about:

    - Dragonbone weapons, or at least bow and arrows. Then you don't have to take the *entire* smithing tree if you're a light armor wearer but want daedric-quality weapons. It might be tricky in terms of game balance, though, because daedra hearts are a lot harder to come by than dragon stuff.  Perhaps it could require, I dunno, a flawless diamond for the arrow points, or... something? What else is rare and makes sense as a component?

    - Selling fletching ingredients at blacksmith suppliers (and perhaps quills at general merchants, which seems reasonable)

    - Abandoned feathers around chicken/rock warbler/etc. nests seems fairly realistic and doesn't involve epic aiming skills


  • #41

    Thank you dude,  excellent job.  Great mod to have,  

    are you the one created craftable lockpicks?? well if you are the file is dead plz reupload it. thanks =) 

  • #42

    I did not create the Lockpicks mod.

    You can get it from it's project page though.

  • #36

    I have problem i cant install this mod. 

    "1. Run the Skyrim Launcher and select DATA FILES. Checkmark Arrowsmith.esp ans click Ok.
    2. Open %localappdata%\Skyrim\plugins.txt with notepad, or another text editor, and add Arrowsmith.esp on a new line at the end of the file. Save it. Right-click the file and select Properties. Enable Read-Only and click OK."

    Ok, but i cannot enter DATA FILES. In the second method i cannot find that file. I have folder named "Skyrim" only in install dir and Documents\My Games\Skyrim. In both there is no file plugins.txt. What can i do? 

  • #38

    Add bEnableFileSelection=1 under [Launcher] in your SkyrimPrefs.ini in Documents\My Games\Skyrim

    This will enable Data Files on the Launcher

  • #40

    Thanks, now it works! I have another problem, where i can find Firewood and Bundle Of Fletchings (or Hawk Feathers, Hagraven Feathers, Quills)?

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