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Re: [SCA-Archery] New Topic: Shooting off the hand

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  • Taslen
    I must buy cookies today then as the good lord I am picking up my bow from also makes strings that are very nice!   Gaelen ________________________________
    Message 1 of 13 , Mar 17, 2012
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      I must buy cookies today then as the good lord I am picking up my bow from also makes strings that are very nice!
       
      Gaelen

      From: Guy Taylor <guy.taylor@...>
      To: SCA-Archery@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Saturday, March 17, 2012 4:24 AM
      Subject: Re: [SCA-Archery] New Topic: Shooting off the hand

       
      My apologies if my post about jigless string making came out a little short or snippy. I kind of banged that out without too much care.
      Traditional archers are funny. When they find out you make your own arrows they find it very interesting. Tell them you make bows as well and they begin to treat you with a little more care. But tell them you make Flemish bowstrings and they kneel before you and give offerings of cookies and sweets.
      Really, though, Flemish strings are a learned skill like many other skills we master. They can be a little challenging to learn by oneself but a good video will help that. If you can find someone to teach you in person you'll have the basics in 15 minutes. Of course, as with many other skills, convincing the fingers to turn out a beautiful product will take quite a bit more time.
      When you find someone who can make a beautiful Flemish string, give them cookies. They're a good resource to have around. If you can convince them to teach you the skill, you'll be worthy of receiving cookies of your own.
       
      Guy 


      From: Taslen <taslen2000@...>
      To: "SCA-Archery@yahoogroups.com" <SCA-Archery@yahoogroups.com>
      Sent: Sat, March 17, 2012 12:23:29 AM
      Subject: Re: [SCA-Archery] New Topic: Shooting off the hand

       
      Nice to see you up at this hour Guy

      From: Guy Taylor <guy.taylor@...>
      To: SCA-Archery@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Saturday, March 17, 2012 2:35 AM
      Subject: Re: [SCA-Archery] New Topic: Shooting off the hand

       
      The only thing a jig accomplishes for Flemish string making is to help in measuring the individual strands. A couple of nails in a wood workbench works the same function, as does simply measuring out the strands by hand.
      If the stringmaker is building a one-loop Flemish string and using a bowyer's knot on the bottom of the bow, the task of measuring the string is even easier since it's not necessary to make the bowstring an exact loop-to-loop length.
       
      Guy 


      From: Taslen <taslen2000@...>
      To: "SCA-Archery@yahoogroups.com" <SCA-Archery@yahoogroups.com>
      Sent: Fri, March 16, 2012 11:27:21 PM
      Subject: Re: [SCA-Archery] New Topic: Shooting off the hand

       
      Also I would love to see how you make strings without a jig.
       
      Gaelen

      From: Fritz <carl.west@...>
      To: SCA-Archery@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Saturday, March 17, 2012 1:44 AM
      Subject: Re: [SCA-Archery] New Topic: Shooting off the hand

       
      When Taslen put fingers to keys it was 3/13/12 12:24 AM...

      > ...
      > will be learning to shoot off the hand,

      For several years I shot a 70+# Osage Orange D-section longbow. I was
      using maple-shafted arrows with linen-reinforced self-nocks, fletched
      with gathered feathers and (Knox) "hide glue".
      http://carl.west.home.comcast.net/~carl.west/archerypage.html
      I never used a bow-hand glove and only ever got a few scrapes.
      Those were from when I screwed up.

      Start with the nock point high enough to cause porpoising.
      Work down until it stops doing that. Shoot from there.

      Also, when fletching, instead of splitting the shaft of the feather with
      a knife, _strip_ the barbs off the shaft. Start out at the tip with the
      out-side of the feather facing up and the tip of the quill braced
      against your chest or belly. Hold the very tip of the feather in the
      pinch of one hand and with the other, grab the barbs just below your
      other hand's grip and pull down and away from the shaft. This usually
      works on a fairly fresh feather. Older feathers, not so much. You will
      be left with a very thin, flexible strip of feather-shaft-skin with the
      barbs on it. Glue this down to the shaft. Wrap the front ends with
      thread or fine string and glue that too. This makes for a _very_
      low-profile hard-part to the fletch.

      Offer the stripped quills to your local calligraphers.

      --
      Fritz aka Frydherik Eysenkopf, OL, Sagg, &c.
      Aut inveniam viam aut faciam.






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