> "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."
> I shoot an ELB with horn nocks, but my opinion on this issue is that how
> authentic a bow should be, past the already fairly restrictive guidelines,
> should be left to the individual archer. Already the banning of shelfs cut
> into the riser of a longbow has resulted in some archers who had purchased
> such bows for use in the period division to quit shooting IKAC's entirely
> in disgust -- in Caid at least. ... 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,
I concur. My new style longbow I bought (laminated with the
fiberglass) for the enhancing of my period look has already
been relegated to the status of Combat bow (not that I
didn't need one). I had the misfortune to buy one back when
cut-outs on the riser were legal. I can't say I quit in
disgust, I just didn't meet the requirements anymore. My
lady was quite put out, though, as she had done the same.
So, while I'm working on carving that lemonwood self bow, I
will just continue shoot in open div, like always. I may
even start sending in the scores again. If we're considering
limiting the period division to woods easily obtainable in
europe, please say so now; I'll try to buy some yew. On, the
other hand, it will look OK at the demos, if nobody looks
too closely, eh?
Ian Gourdon of Glen Awe, OP
Known as a forester of the Greenwood, Midrealm