7947Re: [SCA-Archery] What constitutes a period bow?
- Jan 2, 2002Greetings
I haven't done detailed research in the area, but I have wandered through
some sources. Nothing that I've seen suggests that flatbows were common
in Europe within period. I agree that the technology precedes period
(vide Holmegaard, etc.), but it seems not to have had much influence
I've never heard of a period ELB as a composite, except perhaps in the
riser. Composites were known, of course; Huns, Mongols, Turks, they all
built composite bows - you find that sort of thing wherever archery is
regarded as useful, but ready sources of wood are scarce. And in any
event, hickory is a New World wood.
All of which tends to beg the question, of course. If you are trying to
build a bow for an Arts-and-Sciences competition, you will need to hit
the books very thoroughly, and then build a classic yew or ash longbow
with a "D" section (if you are doing a Western bow - an Eastern
horse-bow can use all sorts of materials, of course). But for use in
Period Division shoots, you will be held to a less rigorous standard.
Forester Nigel FitzMaurice (Mid)
> I was wondering what the different kingdoms consider a period bow. It--
> seems to me that there is a dearth of period documentation on the
> different tiller of self-bows used in England and Europe. I might
> speculate that the Welsh elm bow was a flat bow rather than an
> english long bow but I can't find much documentation that actually
> describes in detail its shape and tiller.
> Would you consider a flat bow period? Would the shape of its handle
> make a difference? I tend to associate the narrow handle to be a more
> new world influence but bows like the holmegaard and meare heath show
> the style existed pre-period.
> Would you consider a hickory-backed ELB with horn nocks period or
> would you demand documentation that showed that the english used
> composite materials in their bow?
> How period do you have to be to be period?
> James Wolfden
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