> > Greetings All
> > Does anyone know of a referance to the use of wooden crossbow prods?
> > Ian Griffen
One of the things that seems to correlate is that the wooden/composite
prods would have been spanned with a belt hook/samson belt (the hook and
pulley at the end of a string). It's easier to make a steel prod that will
have a higher draw weight, so the canequin/windlass methods of spanning
show up more for those.
Again, this is just a generalization. You can make a steel prod as light as
you want to (look at the 50-70# SCA bows for example...), and there are
exceptions. Look at the split-wooden-prod ballistae for example that shoot
javelin sized botls.