Re: [SCA-Archery] Banning Fiberglass [was April IKAC Report...]
"At this time the period division rules allow fiberglass in the period bows,
however I'm thinking of removing fiberglass from the period division next
season. I'd like comments, please."
The local climate does make a difference. Myself, I'm shooting a japanese
longbow made of mulberry wood (I hope this is the english term) with carbon
fibre reinforcements. It's is quite durable in Drachenwald, Aarnimetsae
(Finland) with long dry winters that like to kill bamboo bows. The thing is,
if I would like to have a period japanese bamboo bow it would'nt survive the
winter without cracking.
Carbon fiber or fiberglass are not period materials, of course, but
sometimes they are a must. Keep in mind that nothing prevents an archer to
choose almost period materials for the bow and arrows for this category.
Instead of banning a certain material you might like to consider rewarding
the use of period materials for the division. An example is the Drachenwald
Round with some extra points for using period materials for the bow, arrows
with self nocks, and also for bow and arrow making. However, my personal
opinion is that this makes the scoring slightly unrelated to the skill of
the shooter. On the other hand, use of fiberglass does not give an unfair
advantage to the shooter.
I would expect a decrease in the total number of period division shooters if
the use of modern materials would be banned. Depending of the location, the
effect would be different. In Aarnimetsä, most of the people are shooting
with ash longbows and self-made arrows so the effect would be neglible. For
James in Caid the effect would be completely different.
> I shoot an ELB with horn nocks, but my opinion on this issue is that howcut
> authentic a bow should be, past the already fairly restrictive guidelines,
> should be left to the individual archer. Already the banning of shelfs
> into the riser of a longbow has resulted in some archers who had purchasedskeletonized
> such bows for use in the period division to quit shooting IKAC's entirely
> in disgust -- in Caid at least. These abrupt rule changes are capricious
> and do not encourage continued participation in the competition.
> If fiberglass in the bow gives it a clearly modern look (like the blue,
> green or black longbows used for SCA combat archery, for example), then I
> would agree that this is not a bow desired for the period division
> (essentially a clarification of existing rules that discourage
> risers and bright metal). HOWEVER, we do not make composite bows out ofone
> horn/wood and sineu and hide glue or whatever that the Mongols used in
> period for the most part. This for safety and servicability reasons. By
> the same token, I cannot see where only self-bows should be allowed. If
> wood lams are permitted (my ELB, for example, has a lemonwood belly and
> hickory lam for a back), why not wood-like fiberglass lams? If I had togo
> to a yew selfbow (besides the cost, which I could afford), I would refuseshoot
> due to the temperature extremes experienced in much of Caid and the
> temperature shifts during the day in the desert areas. Not all of us can
> live in English-like climates! (On the other hand, we rarely have to
> in the rain and can shoot outdoors all year! ;-) If the fiberglass in the
> construction is tastefully hidden or appears wood-like in all but detailed
> examination, then it should continue to be allowed.
> Your humble servant,