RE: [SCA-Archery] Digest Number 2281
- Very well spoken my lord. Far better than the comment I had in mind.
At 11:33 AM 5/27/2006, you wrote:
> From: "Karen Nelson" mermaidx3@...
> Date: Fri May 26, 2006 8:44pm(PDT)
>Subject: Re: Olympic Archery without a shelf
>I'm sorry you and the SCA only recognize the English long bow as
>being period. However as an ancient and medieval historian I know
>that more bows are period than the Long bow. There are recurves that
>go farther back in history than the Long Bow.
>Very good and valid point. The lack of recognition of anything but an ELB
>is NOT Society wide, I can assure you.
> I'm also sorry that I can not spend $1000 to purchase a bow that
>does not contain fiberglass laminates. However laminations were
>period, using animal sinu and glues that are actually better than our
>curent synthics. However I'm not a bowyer, although I make my own
>I do not necessarily agree that sinew and hide glues are BETTER than modern
>materials, but will agree that they served the same purpose admirably well.
> As far as plastic nock vs. self nocks, you can throw your arrows
>away and start over when the nock breaks. I'll just replace the nock
>and use it till it really is broken. Since I am making arrows for
>about 4 people, who break arrows like they were a child going through
>candy, I'll take the 5 point penalty and work at being a better
>archer to make up the penalty.
>The only place this really matters is in the period divisions of some
>specialty shoots. I use plastic nocks on 90 percent of what I fletch for
>exactly the reasons you point out. Self or horn nocks look so damned cool,
> I will refrain from bringing my non-traditional equipment to events
>and practices where SCA people are present so as not to offend.
>However that does not mean I don't think these things can help me
>become a better archer by showing me what my form errors are.
>Bring what you want to practices. Shoot what you will, as long as it is SCA
>legal and the marshal in charge says okay. Keep the non-period stuff home
>from demos and places where you are on public display. If someone asks
>about your plastic nocks at a demo, tell them about horn insets and such,
>explaining that the plastic modern nocks allow you to use the equipment
>longer and thus more frugally. Citing the wallet factor, especially if you
>tell someone the cost of materials for a dozen arrows, gains sympathy and
>respect, in my experience.
>Forester Padraig MacRaighne
>Pentamere Regional Archery Marshal,
>Deputy Archer General of the MidRealm
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