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34871Re: [SCA-Archery] arrow rests on bows

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  • Jim Pickette
    Oct 31, 2013
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      Arrow "grooves" are OK.


      ---- John Edgerton <sirjon1@...> wrote:
      > I just received a reply from Hugh Soar in England.  He is the author of many books on medieval archery and the secretary of the Society of Archer-Antiquaries and has also written many articles for their journal. I sometimes correspond with him and this is his reply to my query. 
      > The reference to "... one of the bows illustrated." refers to one of the two photos that were reputed to show the use of an arrow rest on bows from the Mary Rose. 
      > Jon
      > ********************
      > "Hello John,
      >                    You raise an interesting point. Whilst I do not think that arrow rests in the modern sense of a projection were a feature of medieval longbows, there is perhaps some evidence for a distinct groove to indicate the preferred arrow position. Dick Galloway when he produced 'bough bows' added such a groove. His were about 1/8" deep.  
      > However, a groove made to indicate the position of the arrow is not an arrow rest. The arrow is still shot off the hand. Developing the point, a cut-out deep enough to support an arrow would potentially affect the integrity of the stave besides impeding the passage of the arrow. I have a 1 to 1 drawing of one of the bows illiustrated,  the distinct protuberances are raised knots I believe and the stave has perhaps been cut to offer this as a convenient hand position.    
      > In summary, I think a groove to indicate  the position of the arrow, and which would arguably offer some slight support to the shaft  arrow might  be acceptable, if EWBS want to go down that road, - however, in my view, there is no evidence whatever for a fully formed arrow rest." 
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