> The longbows of the late neolithic and those of the Hundred Years Warsduring
> are virtually identical in construction as are those of the US south
> reconstruction (demonstrated by archaeological remains, Ascham,Well, almost. As I recall, the bow Otzi made was a yew heartwood bow, and
> Markham, and [forgot author name] The Witchery of Archery).
> Carolus von Eulenhorst
medieval longbows (and our recreations) are yew bows constructed
including the sapwood. Not a lot of difference, perhaps, unless you're
building one. Arwenna and I went to a lecture (a year or so after the
find) at the Cleveland Museum of Natural Science by the Austrian Dean of
the Medieval dept. (university forgotten) who was with the original
research team - he described how his contact (an English traditional
bowmaker - I think) had told him that Otzi's bow was unfinished, probably
not shootable, since it had no riser at the middle, nor did it have
string nocks cut. We thought that opinion questionable, as we have seen
other options. He was unwilling to discuss it, unsurprisingly.
Now I only need to find some viburnam (his arrows).
Ian Gourdon of Glen Awe - OP, Midrealm Forester
"Take thou no scorn to wear the horn; It was a crest ere thou wast born"
- As You Like It