7950Re: [SCA-Archery] What constitutes a period bow?
- Jan 2, 2002Well now I have built now 3 bows, all are wood all are Hickory. 1 is an ELB
design I entered in an A&S contest, it has horn nocks, is slightly longer
than six feet from tip to tip, and draws about 145LBS @31 inches when braced
at 6 inches. A friend of mine who saw the bows in the Mary Rose Museum
could not tell the difference. I have 2 flat bows from hickory, and am
currently working on an Andaman style bow.
What makes a bow period? Is it made from natural materials? Is it based on
a pre 1600 design? If non natural materials are used can an oberserver tell
the difference? As long as the answers to the first 2 are yes and the
second is no, I would say you have a period style bow, and depending on how
accurate you were you should shoot it every chance you get, and maybe enter
it into an A&S contest.
Best of luck,
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