RE: [SCA-Archery] Archery Gear - A Do It Yourself A&S Guide
- Try http://www3.sympatico.ca/ragiwarmbear/diy/diy.html the best DIY site
going if you need basics. ;)
From: SCA-Archery@yahoogroups.com [mailto:SCA-Archery@yahoogroups.com] On
Behalf Of jameswolfden
Sent: Monday, April 30, 2007 12:49 AM
Subject: [SCA-Archery] Archery Gear - A Do It Yourself A&S Guide
With all the talk about what a newcomer needs to get started, I thought I
might point out
that almost all archery gear can be made yourself. Of course, some is more
than others and a newbie is not likely to be making his/her own bow to start
other gear makes a great entry point into the A&S part of archery.
And, no, I have not done all these things but I'm working on many.
Beginner's A&S gear
Arrows - This is probably the starting (and, often, ending) point for most
projects. There are numerous DIY sites done up by SCA people here on the
list. Since this
is so common, you will probably find some fletcher in your local area that
will show you
the ropes and loan you some tools until you buy your own.
Flemish Twist Sting - With or without a jig, this is simpler to do than make
an arrow so I
don't understand why more people don't make their own string. I learned off
the web but
nothing beats face to face mentoring. Learning to serve is harder in my mind
experienced servers might want to put a word in how easy it really is.
Continuous Loop String - On the surface, this is even easier than flemish
twist but it
requires three times as much serving and I hate to do serving.
Bracer - Leatherworking and the SCA go together like fries and gravy (I'm
you tell). The bracer is pretty simple leather project to get started on.
Quiver - Want to look really sharp? Just stick the arrows in your belt and
forgo the quiver.
It looks very period and its cheap. Now, I wouldn't want to be Laochlain
into the speed round using this method but it still looks good. The next
step up is a
simple linen cloth bag quiver. And once you hone your leatherworking skills
bracer, you might want to try a leather quiver.
More advanced stuff
Gloves - The three finger glove can be documented to period. It takes a bit
leatherworking skill than a bracer but it will be a little easier than doing
a full glove.
Arrows - If you haven't done horn inserts and self nocks, now is the time to
way past that? Have you split some ash and planed out your shaft yet. Forged
arrowheads? Oh, you have done a bodkin? Then, its time to try weld-forging
and making a
Type 16 arrowhead.
Longbow - Don't start in Yew right off the back. Both Ash and Elm were used
in period and
a stave cost about a quarter of the cost of yew. Much easier to work with
than osage. I
prefer elm myself. I got a seasoned elm stave and some windfall vine maple
that I want to
try and then, that yew is starting to look pretty tempting.
Crossbow - Start off by buying a prod from somebody like Gladius or
concentrate on building the tiller and the tickler. The notchlock style can
be built in an
afternoon and probably belongs in the beginner section. The rolling nut will
time and skill. Maybe work up to building your own prods, wood, steel, and
Hornbow - Of course, it's difficult but not impossible. There are a growing
bowyers tackling this. And, of course, if you make this bow, you are going
to learn to
shoot it the way it was meant to be shot even if you have to have the
marshall clear the
area for a 100 yards all around you for safety.
The fun doesn't have to end when you leave the range.
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