Re: Other Inspection Criteria
I agree with Geoffrei the topic of inspection of selfbows should be
done by someone who knows them. I don't shoot one and don't have an
idea of how to properly inspect one.
As I am sitting here I have started a doucument on how I inspect a
fiberglass, composite(modern)bows. And also arrows. When I get done
I will share it with the AG's for their comments.
--- In SCA-Archery@yahoogroups.com, jrosswebb1@w... wrote:
> This manual is a good idea. We certainly have a number of
> knowledgable people on crossbows (a subject that I had to train
> on when I decided to do marshaling).
> There is a ticklish topic that also needs addressing in a
> marshal's inspection handbook and that is the subject of selfbows.
> many marshals are all that knowledgeable about traditional
> They are more difficult to inspect and when there is a catastrophic
> break on the line are potentially very dangerous to others. (But
> are just so much fun to shoot).
> In the past a lot of my fellow marshals at Pennsic would send
> my way for inspection and I would bow to the knowledge of those
> knew crossbows better.
> Too many times good selfbows are rejected by marshals
> are what is called "character bows". Really ugly twisted things to
> at (some find them pretty) but many are very well made and shoot
> A lot of marshals don't know about the timber hitch/bowyer's
> and reject perfectly good strings. Almost all of my British
> have one-ended strings.
> There are lots of folks making bows now (Yay!) and most are
> sensible and work real hard at it, but don't spend nearly enough
> the tiller working to get a good arc. A "hinge-bend" bow may shoot
> for a while but is destined to break real bad quickly.
> Once a selfbow gets below 8% moisture it gets in a
> of becoming brittle. I don't expect marshals to carry moisture
> the range, but the word should go out to the populace about dry old
> bows. I have a moisture meter that I got from a friend that does
> building inspections (they only run about $30.00) that I use on my
> bows and for friends and local archers. Keeping your longbow in a
> tube (PVC) with a guitar or violin moisturizer is a good idea.
> Selfbows get "shot-out" and need to be retired. It hurts to
> an old bow up that has served you well, but it's better than
> go to pieces in your hand.
> Sometimes a bow that has passed inspection, seems to be in
> excellent condition, can go to pieces on the range, and it's
> fault. It's just the nature of the beast.
> Something as simple as a solid piece of wood can be a more
> complicated thing to inspect than a fiberglass and wood lami or a
> mechanism like a crossbow. I think that a lot of thought and
> should go into the handbook on the subject of selfbows.
> Can I get a copy of this manual when it's done? :)