--- In SCA-Archery@yahoogroups.com
, "Daniel Hawley"
> --- In SCA-Archery@yahoogroups.com, "Lord Cain Saethydd"
> <capt_cain@y...> wrote:
> > ummm, is not a selfbow. Five pieces, laminate of bamboo, if
> > constructed same as Daikyu/Great Bow.
> > Cain
> True, it's not a self-bow, but all the laminates are wood or
> there is no artificial material used. All but one of my longbows
> laminated, but since they are all wood, they are longbows, and
> acceptable as such under BLBS rules. Self bows are either too
> expensive for me (Decent Yew) or don't give the performance /
> longevity I want from a bow. (English Yew / Lemonwood / Hickory
> I would never claim that a Yumi is a Longbow, but if I had to
> catorgorise it, I think that it is closer to the English Longbow
> than any other weapon than I can think of.
Greetings to all on the list,
I am hoping that I my be able to help clarify what in fact a
Yumi is. First let me introduce myself. My name is Date no Momochi
Takezo. I'm a 12 year japanese personea in the Eastern Kingdom.
And yes, I own a Yumi. Histrically the Japanese have always refered
to their bow as a longbow/long bow. It started out as, basically a
long (7') one piece constructed piece of catalpa wood back around 3
a.d., was center griped. Sometime after that they started to
laminate the bow and place the grip more off center. Now a days
there can be as many as 5 laminations (a combination of bamboo and
wood) between the back and belly of the bow (which is made out of
Now as far as classification. Why shouldn't it be placed with
all other longbows/long bow's. The Yumi is Japans' version of what
other countries developed.
Date no Momochi Takezo