Re: [SCA-Archery] crossbow info
- On Friday, March 7, 2003, at 07:14 PM, Ian Griffen wrote:
> Greetings All
> Does anyone know of a referance to the use of wooden crossbow prods?
> Ian Griffen
Sure. Where and when?
As a general rule, simple 'just wood' prods tend to be lower tech. (No
kidding?) So they occur either earlier, poorer, or in early trap bows.
Next step was composite prods, running at about the same general
time/tech level as steel prods. The steel ones were more expensive
though. (Harder to make, odd as that seems to us now.) Very late
(17-1800's) trap bows tend to be steel, but that was after it became
much more common.
Give me a more specific time/place, and I'll see what I can dig up for
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> > Greetings AllOne of the things that seems to correlate is that the wooden/composite
> > Does anyone know of a referance to the use of wooden crossbow prods?
> > Ian Griffen
prods would have been spanned with a belt hook/samson belt (the hook and
pulley at the end of a string). It's easier to make a steel prod that will
have a higher draw weight, so the canequin/windlass methods of spanning
show up more for those.
Again, this is just a generalization. You can make a steel prod as light as
you want to (look at the 50-70# SCA bows for example...), and there are
exceptions. Look at the split-wooden-prod ballistae for example that shoot
javelin sized botls.