12518Re: [SCA-Archery] Re: First Results from Mary Rose war arrow re-creation
- May 7, 2003A well made socket with a matched shaft could easily hod with a thin
layer of beeswax used as an adhesive. The lack of air space will make
for a tight fit. A shaft which does not firmly embed itseldf could
easily be shot back. However, a point left in a wound would cause the
victim great pain and could conceivably take someone out of the action
with an otherwise non-fatal wound.
In service to the dream
Carolus von Eulenhorst
On Thu, 08 May 2003 00:41:03 -0400 Carl West <eisen@...> writes:
> jameswolfden wrote:________________________________________________________________
> > --- In SCA-Archery@yahoogroups.com, "Kinjal of Moravia"
> > <gusarimagic@r...> wrote:
> > > --- In SCA-Archery@yahoogroups.com, "Sun Lu-shan"
> > > wrote:
> > >
> > > ...Does anyone have information on segmented
> > > arrows?
> > It was used in England and is referred to as footed shafts.
> Footed shafts are generally (I'm unaware of an exception to this) a
> glued arrangement. Functionally it's all one piece. Sun was asking
> about arrows with swappable heads or fore-shafts. Rather different
> from 'footed' I think.
> > ...However,
> > I do not believe that we have any evidence that it was done in
> > period covered by the SCA.
> Roger Ascham (1515-1568) writes of 'pieced arrows' which is
> interpreted by many as meaning what we call 'footed' today.
> > ...I have heard much speculation that bodkin points
> > were held in place with little more than bee's wax so that when
> > arrow was withdrawn the bodkin would stay behind.
> Hmmm... not being firmly fixed to the shaft, the head would lose
> some of the sharpness of impact it might otherwise get from the
> weight of the shaft. With a shaft of ash or oak, that's not
> inconsiderable. At the same time it _would_ cut down on how many of
> them got shot back at you. I don't believe that leaving the head in
> a wound would have been the major consideration if indeed they were
> shooting them loose-headed.
> Apparently one of the things that slowed the battle at Hastings was
> that Harold had few archers with him and therefor few arrows got
> shot back down the hill. After a while. William's archers ran out
> and had to go all the way back to the baggage train for more. They
> had been expecting to glean return shots to stay armed. This story
> suggests to me that at least in 1066 war arrows had solidly affixed
> - Fritz
> Carl West eisen@... http://eisen.home.attbi.com
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