Re: [SCA-Archery] Primitive Crossbows
- Ian Griffen wrote:
>If it's a wooden bow, you're going to want it at least twice as long as its drawlength. It's relation to the tiller's over all length is unimportant.
> Greetings Crossbow men
> I am trying to read The Crossbow by Sir Ralph Payne-Gallwey. On pages 57 and 58 there are pictures of a primitive crossbow being braced. I have a question is the Lath(bow) equal to or greater than the length of the Tiller (stock)? The lath (bow) is made of one peice of wood.
> If one was to try to make a crossbow like this would the lath (bow) be made in the same manner that a hand bow would be made?You'd shape the 'grip' differently, but aside from that, yes, like a handbow.
>...If so what would be better to back the lath with seniew or rawhide?Sinew gives cast and safety, rawhide gives safety. rawhide is less work.
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