Just posting the AMJ rules for those that are intersted. Your entries are
judged on craftmanship not paperwork, it is not an A&S competition.
If you have something you would like to enter and are going to Pennsic,
show up Wed on the archery range at 4:00 in the marshal's tent for the
The following are the basic rules fdor the Judging, each judging may
have some variation in their rules.
AECHERY MASTERWORK JUDGING
The purpose of the Archery Mastework Judging is to recognize
and encourage the skills of our bowyers and fletchers. It will provide
an opportunity for them to share these skills and exchange ideas. It is
not meant to be run as a war point. It may be held at the major interkingdom
events, such as: Pennsic, Estrella, Gulf Wars, Lilies, etc. Each holding of
the AMJ is a separate event.
One of the benefits of the AMJ is that it can provide
encouragement for the recognition of bowyers and fletchers. Those whose
skill is consistently recognized by others of their craft to be of the
highest quality and who also fulfill the other qualities of a peer may be
recommended to the crown for appropriate recognition.
The judging will be set up and run by one or several of the
kingdoms involved in the event and shall rotate between them from year
It was first run at 30YC, for the last two years at Estrella and two
years ago at Pennsic. Last year I was unable to find anyone in the
East or Middle willing to run the judging.
The entries must be of pre 1600 design. Materials such
as Port Ordford Cedar, Lemon Wood, etc. which grew in period, but would
not have been available may be permitted. You may also permit modern
glues, finishes and string materials to be used. Although greater value
should be given by the judges for the use of the more period materials.
At each AMJ the judges in charge may decide to stress certain
aspects in the judging. The <judges in charge> are those involved in the
setting up of the judging and are not required to have entries in the
judging. Whatever the rules and grading scheme are for the judging, they
must be made available in advance to those that wish to enter. The rules
must be published well in advance.
The main categories are bows and arrows. However, entries in
leather accessories, arrow heads, etc., should be expected. If there are
entries in these areas, you may obtain the services of craft persons
skilled in these areas.
SUGGESTED GUIDE LINES FOR JUDGING
You may judge the bows based on: 1) Feel: How well they draw.
Degree of stacking. Hand shock. etc. Each bow should have at lest six
arrows which are suitable for shooting in order to test the bow.. 2)
Construction: How well tillered. Degree of string follow. Following of
grain on back of bow. Absence of tool marks. Glue joints. Use of period
techinques, etc. 3) Appearance: Resemblance to actual period bows.
Finish. Additional details such as: Carved horn nocks, inlay, painting, etc.
You may judge the arrows by: 1) How well matched the set is in a)
spine. b) Weight. c) Balance. etc. 2) Construction: Shaft of purchased
dowel or made by hand. Nocks, self or reinforced. Use of period
techniques. Heads, period or modern and handmade or purchased. Fetching:
Type of feather and how well cut and aligned. 3) Appearance: Finish,
cresting, etc. Resemblance to actual period arrows. etc.
In the case of entries with a set of a bow and arrows, the bow
and the arrows should be judged separately. But credit may be given for
making the set.
You need to send out full information on the judging well in
advance, so that all will know how it will be run and how to enter.
The judging is done by those entrants present and any others that
may be picked by those in charge of the judging. These may be: other
bowyers or fletchers that have not entered, knowledgeable archers,
workers in leather, wood, metal, etc. Those in charge will decide if
entrants are to judge entries only in the field they entered or may judge
in all fields. All judges will have three votes, but may give only one
vote per entry. Judges will vote on their own entry as well. The winner
is the entry with the highest score. The judges may decide to pick more
than one masterpiece, in each craft, if they feel the judging is very
close. If there are very many entries the judging may be done by
division e.g.: Longbow, composite, crossbow, etc.
Suggested guidelines in judging
A good entry made with period materials, tools and techniques
should place higher than an excellent, not as period, entry. For
example: A well made period style ash longbow made with an axe and a
float, would place higher than an excellent fiberglass and wood period
style longbow. Of two equally well made and period entries, the one with
better documentation would place higher.
The entries should be put on display for as long as possible
before the judging so that all interested archers and others, will have a
chance to view them. All entries should have a sheet with information on
its construction (detailed Arts and Science documentation is not
required, but may improve the score of the entry). If the maker is not
present, a more detailed sheet will be required. Stress on the
documentation aspects of an entry should be held to a minimum.
The judges running the AMJ may also encourage the including of an
how to article on how to make that entry, this should be separate from
the scoring. The idea behind this is to include the best articles in a
future bowyers and fletchers, etc . handbook, similar to the <The Best of
No entry that has won before may be entered a second time at any
You should encourage the entrants present to share their
knowledge. This can be done by teaching a class or at least
participating in an open panel discussion of their craft for the benefit
of those interested in learning more about it.
The judging should be public, so that all interested in such
crafts may learn and improve their own skills. The judges should proceed
through the entries one by one. The maker of the entry should briefly
explain their entry and answer any questions from the judges. The judges
should make constructive comments and encourage discussion when
appropriate. For those entries where the maker is not at the event,
having sent their entry in, the judges should leave written comments for
The running of the AMJ should rotate between the kingdoms involved
in the major event from year to year. Those in charge shall see that a
report is written up with information on the event and how it was run,
what worked well and what did not and who won(with information on their
entry). This will be sent to those running AMJ at other events and to
the Society Archery Marshal. This will give them the benefit of what was
learned in order to improve future judgings. The Society Archery Marshal
will see that the names of the winners and information on their entries
are sent to the kingdom newsletters.
The above is intended to provide a basic guideline for the AMJ
so that the judging at the different events will have the same set of
ground rules. However the judges in charge may experiment to learn what
works best and share this information, so that the judging may evolve and
Sir Jon Fitz-Rauf, Society Archery Marshal
John R. Edgerton
7662 Wells Ave
Newark, Calif 94560-3530