Re: [SCA-Archery] fiberglass in the period division?
- My idea, when I set up the Period division, was to find a way to help
encourage both the use and construction of period style gear. If more
archers want to shoot period style gear, then there will be reason for
SCA bowyers to make more at reasonable prices and if there is enough
demand it should increase the supply. And... if there is more of a supply
at reasonable prices there will be more archers willing to buy and shoot
it. Also, if there are more bowyers in the SCA making bows, then there
will some( like Kaz) that are willing to share their knowledge and teach
others how to as well.
The SCA over the years has developed some fine armourers and many
fighters wear excellent armor. The same should happen for archery.
Those that do not wish to or can not yet obtain period style gear can
continue to shoot in the Open division of the IKAC if they wish.
But, I still feel at this time in the development of period style archery
in the SCA, gear which "looks" period should still be allowed. If a solid
fiberglass bow looks like a period bow and not a modern solid fiberglass
bow it should be allowed.
As time passes and, hopefuly, more archers use period gear and there are
more SCA bowyers and bowyers that cater to the SCA, the minimum standards
can continue to rise. It will help if when period division scores are
shot, that information on the type of bow be included with the scores.
It might help if something were included in the rules of the period division
to indicate it is an evolving competition and that standards may rise in
the future. This might help prevent cases like where archers bought modern
longbows with cut in windows thinking that they are period in style.
On another subject...Arrow rests.
I think there is mention in Ascham of the use of pieces of cork held in
place by the hand grip covering and being used as an arrow rest. I can not
find my copy to double check.
- Make your draw plate out of a piece of 16 gauge stainless, 7 x 2 inches.
Lay out 2 rows of holes - 6 holes per row.
Drill 2 holes (up and down from each other) 1/4, 9/32, 5/16, 11/32, 3/8, 13/32
On the bottom row, use a 4 flute countersink to bevel the edge to paper thin. (the 4 flute countersink has a tendency to chatter in steel, that is why it is good. It will make the exit side of the hole slightly larger that the original and somewhat ragged).
Use the bevelled hole as a scraper (pull a little tension on the scraper, then pull it up and down the shaft, rotating the shaft as you work) and use the clean hole as a gauge.
Stop at the hole just before the one you want, finish with sandpaper and your spine tester and scale.
It works pretty fast after you get the hang of it, so the work goes quickly.
With this setup you can do almost all the shaft sizes and spines you want.
As soon as I get the time, I have some photos of the equipment, plus some other devices I have designed to help in the small shop, that I am going to put on a web page. I'll let the address be known when I get it done, but it looks like it will be next week or later.