More Comments on Authenticity
- As I get digests, it can be difficult to join a discussion in progress,
but here goes.
Is the "authenticity" issue really that large? As several others have
pointed out, recurves, composite material bows, crossbows of many
different design all are "period". My personna is an Irishman around
the turn of the first to the second millennium. My lady wife likes me
to dress more like an Englishman aroung 1400. For running a range, I
often look more like a Norseman about 1100.
What style of bow fits? My preferred hand-held bow is a 47# Bear
Grizzley that dates to the mid-1960's. ELB might fit the person dressed
as my wife likes, but is not a good match for me. Because of health
issues, I am now a crossbowman. While I would absolutely love to
purchase a bow from Master Iolo, one of the other abalesteers, or build
one in a period style myself, that is not an option right now. Diapers
for the baby are far more important.
I learned fletching to minimize my cost for SCA legal arrows. Parts for
a dozen shafts run about $30. Finished arrows cost double that or
more. Plus I get the satisfaction of building my own stuff, making the
best I am able, and testing my skill and craftsmanship against myself
I am one of those marshals that will allow "non legal" arrows to be used
on my range - save that any score shot with them is not recorded for any
SCA purpose. No one is permitted to compete save in a personally
negotiated one-on-one with such equipment. Why even allow this usage?
My Archer General, Nigel, hit the nail on the head. I want my range to
be inclusive. I want everyone who cares to shoot to have a chance.
Would I like things to look ever more medieval? I deputized a marshal
to captain a regional Archer Corps for Pennsic to add to the Pagentry.
I am trying to find out if any of the Continental crossbow guilds and
"brotherhoods" had a uniform as such in period, so that I might try to
Let us try to remember those days when we were starting out. Didn't
someone lend us each a hand? You can't pay that back. You have to pay
Forester of the Greenwood Company
Pentamere Regional Archery Marshal