Re: [SCA-Archery] Re: "period targets and goose feathers"
- Greetings to the list,
Please show me an example of a period target other than the one
illumination in the psalter. To my knowledge, the only "period" targets
we know of are straw rings and wands.
The practice of shooting at circle targets at set distances is after
period. Self bows are definitely period as are laminated bows, they just
didn't have fiberglass, and most of the world outside of Western Europe
used laminated(composite) bows.
Footed shafts are period, though RARE.
I use goose feathers for fletching that I collect. I live by the
Atlantic coast and have geese all over, but they are Canadian geese and
not the same as the European. I challenge any archer to know the
difference in feathers once an arrow is fletched and the fletching is
trimmed.( Oh, you CAN tell the difference, but you really have to know
your feathers and look real close) Most of the time I use turkey
feathers. For those that want to be painfully accurate, try making your
arrow shafts by hand by scraping in a block and
cutting bulbous self nocks.
I admire those that really try to be historically accurate, but I
don't ever want to frighten off an archer that just wants to play with
the equipment that is readily available.
> In the japanese middle ages the competition or ceremonial targetswere
> dummies shaped as animals, or square pieces of wood (yabusame,mounted
> archery), leaves, flowers, straw bales, doorways (sanjusangendo(iunemono).
> competition), fans, for some shoots even live dogs were used
> Only the imagination was and is the limit.Kind gentles,
Where can I get more info on this (yabusame) target spoken of? I went
to the Ft. Dodge Archery Festival and took some of the mounted
classes there. They used a LARGE round hay tower with oversized
targets. I need to start getting more traditional with my equipment.
I'm planning on doing some demos with my horse (Southdowns, Meridies)
on this subject in the next year or so.
Please send me the info directly, as I am set for web-read only.
Genvieve d'Argent Chene