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  • There was a company a few years back that was importing shafts from Australia that were described as "Silverwood". No indigenous tree to Austrial is called "silverwood". There was much speculation that this was an ash wood, as it had very similar properties (heavier than cedar or poplar, but not as heavy as oak, similar grain to ash), but was probably tasmanian oak. They came...
    cianofstorvik Oct 6, 2011
  • I'm just repeating what I'd read in one of my archery history books, probably by Soar or Hardy. I don't know any archaic Norman, or know of any period text that would support either word used in an archery/military context much less used in combination as an understood command or exclamation. -Cian
    Cian of Storvik Feb 11, 2009
  • It's also been suggested that they were shouting "menee stroke" (with an accent over the second to last 'e'). Which was a norman medieval term for the trumpet call for assembly used in hunting. I believe the way it was posed is that the marshal of the army would have called out "menee stroke" to signal the trumpeters to start the assembly call to rouse the troops and prepare them...
    Cian of Storvik Feb 11, 2009
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  • Hector Cole in the UK makes a "flame cage" arrow point. Not sure of it's provenance, but I've heard a lot of references to them. Here's a pic: http://www.hectorcoleironwork.com/images/cage%20fire.gif -Cian --- In SCA-Archery@^$1, "Robert Maddison" wrote: > > check out the military channel website, there is show there called weapons > masters that did flaming arrow off a roman...
    Cian of Storvik Oct 2, 2008
  • Living history groups are repleat with "bow socks" with shoulder slings. Most demand the sock must be wool. The only source I can find for a bow sock is Roger Ascham's Toxophilus where he recommends a canvas or wool case to protect the bow from the elements. I wish I could think of a period illustration where they might show such a case in use, but I do not recollect any such...
    Cian of Storvik Sep 8, 2008
  • For Irish bows, the only example I'm aware of is the "Ballinderry bow" that dates to 10th century (1.85m). Similar to a D-section english longbow, I believe it has no horn nocks and becomes oval toward the ends, simlar to the Hedeby bows. There's a lot of information (details and drawings) on the web for he Hedeby bows (dark age). Not Irish and predates the 10th century by atleast...
    Cian of Storvik Aug 22, 2008
  • I will second the suggestion that if you are just getting into archery, that trying loaner stuff is a good idea. Some groups will let you use the loaner equipment for a pretty long time. Specifically ELBs (English longbows/livery bows) are particularly tricky, and may exasperate you needlessly. If you're a glutton for punishment, I can give you a few tips on aquiring and shooting...
    Cian of Storvik Aug 15, 2008
  • I can't find the image of catherine of cleves, but I seem to remember that the fletches weren't only in color, but they were spliced as well (two differen't colored feathers mated together). Arthur C Doyle wrote a poem "the song of the bow" where he uses the line "so we'll all drink together to the grey goose feather and the land where the grey goose flew". There's been a bit of...
    Cian of Storvik May 17, 2008
  • The other bow is sold. This one is a 74" double laminate Hickory/Lemonwood/Pau amarillo, with horn nocks. This one pulls 43# at 29". It has a horn arrow pass for a right handed archer, but once again has no shelf, so it can be used left or right handed. It has a tung oil finish. Has dacron b-50 string. Shipping will be approxmately $20.00 anywhere in the CONUS. Shipping...
    Cian of Storvik Apr 19, 2008
  • Due to taxes and spring cleaning, I'm looking to eliminate some surplus. For sale is a 74" laminated english "D" type livery longbow, made of black walnut with a hickory backing. Real formed horn nocks. 28# at 28". An excellent period starter bow or bow for youth or for Combat archery. Has no shelf (shoots off of the knuckle) so you can shoot either left or right handed. Comes with...
    Cian of Storvik Apr 13, 2008