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23959Re: [SCA-Archery] Period Nocks

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  • Sheri Rees
    Dec 8, 2007
      When I've had this discussion with Sir Aethelred or Master Gordon in
      the past, they seem to concur that many simple hand tools (saws,
      files, carving knives) we have now were known in that time
      period. It's just that some of those same simple hand tools have
      gone out of modern popularity due to new, electric (and therefore
      exciting and maybe dangerous) tools.

      We have a couple books on the subject, if you make it over here
      sometime for shooting. Or if I remember, I can try to bring them to
      Ursalmas (I might need a reminder closer to the event). Or corner
      one of the above mentioned at AnTir Twelfth Night, I'm sure they'd
      both appreciate the distraction from meetings.


      At 01:02 PM 12/8/2007, you wrote:
      >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
      >answer to the question. Anyone out there a specialist in European tool
      >technology from about 1200 to 1500 A.D.?
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