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  1. DavidH

    [English Longbow] Laminated stave question

    One of our archers has bought a stave with umpteen laminations. It only cost him around ?36 on ebay and I'm wondering just how much thought would have gone into selecting the various woods. Surely its the limb that benefits from each of the woods selected so what happens if you lose a couple...
  2. DavidH

    [English Longbow] The arrows or the archer?

    I've been shooting very badly recently, with arrows flying everywhere except where intended. For sometime now I've been using 5/16 shafts with small fletches and following a disastrous shoot last weekend I started to go back to basics. I shot from about 5 yards without worrying about aim, with a...
  3. DavidH

    [English Longbow] slight split in the grain

    When my bow is unstrung I can feel a very slight split in the grain on the belly in two places about an inch long just above the handle. I used emery cloth to remove the varnish and it felt perfectly smooth so I thought all was well. Strung you can feel no split at all but when I destrung it...
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    [English Longbow] slipping and sliding

    I know I mustnt complain, its just beautiful weather to shoot in, but today, with the grass just a bit long, I just couldn't find my arrows, well at least, the ones that didn't hit the target. Ive changed to brass bullet points rather than the needle points I used to have. At 70 meters you'd...
  5. DavidH

    Oh no, not instinctive again!

    Sorry to start yet another thread on one of our favourite subjects, but some will be amused by this. We have a guy at the club who recently made his own longbow on a course. Its not a bad looking bow except that his grip is very square, almost to the extent of not conforming to longbow rules...
  6. DavidH

    90 metres with an 18 pound bow

    We were on the field yesterday and a young junior, having watched a couple of us shooting longbow at 60 yards decided to see how far his bow could shoot. When we went down to collect his arrows, one was stuck firm in the 90 metre target! I checked his bow and it was definitely 18 pounds. Can...
  7. DavidH

    The Iceman

    I wonder if others watched the programme on More4 last night about the Neolithic man found in the Alps Iceman Murder Mystery - 4oD - Channel 4 ?tzi ? the Iceman | ?tzi - South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology There was interesting speculation about how he was shot with a bow. He was carrying an...
  8. DavidH

    [English Longbow] Bowyers knot

    Does anyone else have problems with the bowyers knot? Just recently I've found that its slipping and changing my brace height by as much as an inch within a few hours of shooting.
  9. DavidH

    Gadgets for longbows

    Longbowmen (and women) don't tend to be gadget freaks but a look through the Ebay longbow section will find a little nock sock for your boots. It protects boots and protect the horn nock apparently. I particularly like the name of the company selling them;)
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    [English Longbow] Longbow anchor - chin or side?

    I did search for a thread on longbow anchor but couldn't find one. I've just been going through "Archery, its theory and practice" by Horace Ford. I've visited the book a number of times, but this time, I've been concentrating on aiming Archery, its theory and practice According to the book...
  11. DavidH

    Bow length

    Guys at the club today were discussing how you measure bow length. They were comparing two recurve bows and which one was 68 and which was 70. No one seemed to know how you measure the length. I presume you measure longbows unstrung, but recurves? Someone will know the answer instantly I'm sure:)
  12. DavidH

    What discipline do you shoot and why?

    There's a number of threads around, where each of the different styles or disciplines of bows is being discussed, with posters giving little digs at one style or another. Rather than criticise, could we not just say why we enjoy what we shoot. I was a mediocre recurve archer up to about 5...
  13. DavidH

    [English Longbow] Warming the bow

    You'd think that this post isn't necessary and I presume every longbow archer warms up the bow before shooting it, winter or summer. i usually give it a rub before I string, then pull it 10 or 15 times, slowly bring it up to full draw. I take more care on a cold day and have seen a bow explode...
  14. DavidH

    Roving is fun!

    After an hour or so of target shooting today, three of us went roving, just shooting at leaves or mounds. I've never tried this before, but its as real as archery can get. We shot at distances from around 15 yards to 60 yards, with obviously no sight marks, (impossible with my Mongolian bow...
  15. DavidH

    Are you a longbowist?

    So, we've had the racist, sexist and ageist threads, but are you a longbowist, or a traditionalistist (It think that would be the word). Do you usher beginners away from those of us who carry a bent stick and are constantly smiling? I'll tell you what I think, all beginners courses should start...
  16. DavidH

    [Horsebow] Chinese horsebows

    I'm getting more and more tempted by the Chinese horsebows (which they call longbows) on Ebay. They usually cost around ?40+. Has anyone bought one and what do you think? They look a lot of fun. I guess you'd shoot them in the barebow class but I'm not really bothered about that. I think they...
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    Barebow Howard Hill

    Have a look at this video about Howard Hill. I honestly don't believe much of this. What would the field captain have said about the girls next to the target. As for the prune on head, just plain ridiculous. And the shattering light bulb, next to a girls head? Enjoy...
  18. DavidH

    clout arrows

    Forgive me if this is covered elsewhere, but I cant find much information on clout arrows. My old bow was marked as 50# but I don't think it ever was that poundage,it now weighs in at 38#. I could never get to the men's clout distance and have always shot the ladies distance at our clubs clouts...
  19. DavidH

    Bows from ebay

    I recently took a chance and bought a longbow from an Ebay seller. The bow was made to order in England and we had some good correspondence. The price was silly cheap and it could all have gone horribly wrong but it didn't. I'm actually delighted with the result and I've still got the security...
  20. DavidH

    salvaging points

    This is probably common knowledge, but even using araldite on wooden shafts, you can easily remove the point by heating it over a gas hob. I've made the mistake before of actually burning them off, but 15 seconds or so on the point will allow it to be easily removed with pliers. Whatever you do...