33818Re: [SCA-Archery] Kingdom Bow Catagories
- Jul 4, 2013Thank you for your reply Taillear:Here is why I find the situation sad: If I am using an English style Longbow with no arrow rests and not recurved, a person that is using a modern recurve wood/fiberglass bow with an arrow shelf can be entered in the Traditional catagory along with me and compete. That is what is sad. There is nothing period looking, in spirit or otherwise, about a modern wood/fiberglass recurve bow that has an arrow shelf. The only thing that comes close is a steppes style Horse bow, which is recurved and is period. Thusly, it takes more skill to use a bow that is recurved, and where you must shoot off of your hand. That was my point about the disadvantage. Arrow shelves being a modern convention, I have seen no period documentation for an arrow rest, or a european bow that was recurved like the modern ones. I agree that it is no less accurate, just not as efficient, the bow flexing along the whole length as opposed to mainly the ends, as in a modern recurve style. I just would like to see in my Kingdom the seperation of those kind of bows, since they are decidedly NOT period, or period looking. Thank you for your reply.In Service,Symon
From: Guy Taylor <greenmanarrows@...>
Sent: Thursday, July 4, 2013 12:27 PM
Subject: Re: [SCA-Archery] Kingdom Bow Catagories
"...and here ANY longbow made out of wood, is considered "Period" for
the "Traditional" category. I find this sad at the least. If ANY
modern, recurve, fiberglass longbow with an arrow rest is
"Traditional", then why even have this category? Anyone that uses a
medieval style English/Welsh longbow, ie stick bow, will start at a
Without actually trying to answer your questions, I do have an
observation and a question that you have raised in my mind.
Question: Why do you find it sad that any wood bow is considered "period?"
Observation: The term stickbow can be lent to a generic wood bow, not
just an ELB style bow. And, why do you feel that using an ELB puts the
archer at a decided disadvantage? More difficult to learn, yes. Less
accurate, not in the least.
On 7/4/13, David <ater_seraph@...> wrote:
> Greetings fellow archers: I was wondering if your Kingdom has a different,
> ie more stringent, view on the "Traditional" or "period" longbow
> classification. I am from AnTir, and here ANY longbow made out of wood, is
> considered "Period" for the "Traditional" category. I find this sad at the
> least. If ANY modern, recurve, fiberglass longbow with an arrow rest is
> "Traditional", then why even have this category? Anyone that uses a medieval
> style English/Welsh longbow, ie stick bow, will start at a decided
> disadvantage. Discussion on this? I am curious, being new to SCA Archery, I
> was a Heavy for MANY years, and I'm kind of seeing a pattern here. Ideas, or
> stricter measures for what is considered 'Traditional'.?
> Symon Bearo
> (AnTir) Barnony of Adiantum
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