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23958Re: [SCA-Archery] Period Nocks

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  • atruemark@aol.com
    Dec 8, 2007
      I concur with James' conclusion regarding documentation for either
      self-nocks or fletching. Apparently either the activity was of such base nature that
      chroniclers felt it unworthy of documentation, or it was a guild activity and
      medieval guilds were word-of-mouth and very secretive. In fact, Roger
      Ascham makes a reference to this very fact in his book when he says that
      (paraphrasing as I don't have the material in front of me) he doesn't want to
      antagonize the fletchers (guild) by giving away their secrets. So I would conclude
      that our lack of archival information is probably due mainly to the latter and
      that we must, as James states, refer to the actual artifacts to try to
      determine a period method.

      Having said that, a survey of European tool technology of that time period
      has surely been done...from that it may be possible to extrapolate a potential
      answer to the question. Anyone out there a specialist in European tool
      technology from about 1200 to 1500 A.D.?


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