18755Re: [SCA-Archery] Another period bow
- Oct 2, 2005Greetings Cian,
My hunting bow is a 60" reflex/deflex longbow 70# @ 27". It is made by Herb Meland of Pronghorn Bows and uses fast-flite string. It shoots incredibly smoothe with NO handshock. I get 190-200fps with a 640 grain arrow. I don't have a centershot shelf on it and I shoot off my hand with almost all of my bows.
There are quite a numbe of short longbows made in the 4.5-5 foot range that will suit what you are asking for, just check out the different custom bowyers that advertise in Traditional Bowhunter. Berry makes a nice one too.
From: James Koch
Sent: Sun, 2 Oct 2005 20:07:36 -0700
Subject: Re: [SCA-Archery] Another period bow
>My guess is you could make such a bow, but for it to be flexible enough to
be drawn without breaking, it would have to be really thin. In other
words, very low poundage. Unless of course you made it of some magical
material with a high modulus of elasticity. I suppose a wizard like
Gandalf could use his powers to whip up a batch of fiberglass. And
considering the beasts that ran around in that movie, there was likely
something with really long horns which could be made into bow staves.
>Jim Koch (Gladius The Alchemist)
> At 08:55 PM 10/2/2005, you wrote:
>I was watching The lord of the rings trilogy (Keep the groaning to a
>minimum, please) and noticed the short bow that Viggo Mortgenson was
>using. Sitting on his back, it looked like it was about as thick as
>your thumb (no thicker) and only about 4'-5' long.
>I know the it's a fantasy movie, but I was thinking that would be a
>great period bow to just toss or even keep in my car (my 75" english
>longbow doesn't fit well in my convertible with the top on). But my
>thought is that it would be near impossible to make one that short
>that could be drawn to a near 30" length without snapping like a twig.
>The fact it wasn't recurved would probably stack like a bastard would
>also be a deterant.
>Could something like that be made to work in reality? I know that even
>self yews (pretty flexible wood) should be as tall or taller then the
>user to keep from snapping when drawn fully.
>(I already have 4 bows, but I'm just thinking.)
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