87Difference between A&S and Archery
- Aug 2, 1999Sir Jon is heavily promoting the Archery Masterwork Judging as a method to
accomplish the goals many have set out, and I am in agreement that it can do
nothing but help.
But I have another question. Within Calontir, a great debate has been going on
for many years - the difference between A&S and archery activities. Many of
our top archers think that period gear construction belongs in the A&S and not
in the actual marshal activity of archery. So we have developed a two-lane
road for archery, that of the craftsman and that of the 'performance artist'.
I believe that it is not necessary to be a craftsman to be great at the
performance art of your choice. A Knight is not required to be able to build
his own armor, but most nowdays are encouraged to appear period and to learn to
fight with period style armor, shields, and weapons. Now, I have a great deal
more personal interest in a Knight that can build their gear, but that is just
If there are truly two paths to archery, the craftsman and the marksman,
defining the craftsman's goals is easy - to make period gear. No problem. But
defining the marksman's goals (though it seems it should be just as easy)
somehow is not. My question - is it reasonable to say that there should be
some part of the recognition of the marksman that revolves around a working
knowlege of period gear in general? And is it reasonable that some part of the
recognition of the craftsman of archer gear should come from at least a
moderate level of skill with period gear?
A new can of worms
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