Alan E wrote:Re: final adjustment of your own bow, Toxophilus has something to say on the subject (late Tudor OK, but still using the same type of bow as far as we know). IIRC it's along the lines of shoot it in for a while, then adjust the cast of the tips if you feel like it. Not exactly reworking it to a different poundage or draw length.
The quote from Toxophilus is:
Take your bow into the field, shoot in him, sink him with dead heavy shafts, look where he cometh most, provide for that place betimes, lest it pinch, and so fret.
When you have thus shot in him, and perceived good shooting wood in him, you must have him again to a good, cunning, and trusty workman, which shall cut him shorter, and pike him and dress him fitter, make him come round compass everywhere, and whipping at the ends, but with discretion, lest he whip in sunder, or else fret, sooner than he is ware of
English Warbow: When you absolutely, positively have to kill every muthaf**king Frenchman on the field. Accept no substitutes.