Longbow and arrow manufacture

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Re: Longbow and arrow manufacture

Postby EnglishArcher » Thu Apr 18, 2013 9:59 pm

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


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Re: Longbow and arrow manufacture

Postby Colin Middleton » Fri Apr 19, 2013 12:56 pm

Brian la Zouche wrote:langley,
please dont think i was being critical, i always find any subject relating to archery of interest, and i think it was colin ( appologies if it wasnt ) who said to me ''get 2 re-enctors together and you will get 3 different opinions'' :-D


I could be, but it's a phrase that's been wandering around this forum for a few years now.


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Re: Longbow and arrow manufacture

Postby Langley » Fri Apr 19, 2013 1:48 pm

Hi Brian - you will find it hard to upset me by being critical! I trained as a scientinst originally before discovering there was more money in babysitting computers. Scientists spend their time inviting criticism and thrive on the debate. I had really intended just to add to the general body of what we don't know! (Often as important as what we do know). The discussions on the forum are great and thought prevoking. I have abandoned much of what I originally "knew" in the days when I started in this hobby and as I say am careful to explain that a lot of what we do and show is at the frontiers of historical knowledge and sometimes a bit speculative.



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Re: Longbow and arrow manufacture

Postby Alan E » Fri Apr 19, 2013 5:09 pm

EnglishArcher wrote: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

Tks EE! My copy is somewhere out in the barn (hoping to get all those books aired and inside this summer, even if they are in piles on the floor, I miss them all ;( ).

So I read that as checking for (lack of) roundness at draw and taking it to a good bowyer to correct that ("provide ... betimes, lest it pinch and fret" and "make him come round compass") but also to cut shorter and whip the ends (presumably to speed the cast). Performed after bow selection and purchase but (in this case, where the owner is a wealthy intellectual) performed by a specialist bowman on his instructions. Would you agree?


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