by Dark Factor
07 Feb 2018, 17:30
Forum: Archery - Primitive Bows
Topic: Skane Lockbow replica (and making of)
Replies: 6
Views: 194

Re: Skane Lockbow replica (and making of)

Possible, I just don't know. The rests of the crossbow are so destroyed that we can only imagine what it was really. But the original bow isn't so big, so not sure it was 120#. I have searched more information but hard to find (exact length, wood species...). Yes, this 50# crossbow is less efficient...
by Dark Factor
05 Feb 2018, 17:47
Forum: Archery - Primitive Bows
Topic: Skane Lockbow replica (and making of)
Replies: 6
Views: 194

Re: Skane Lockbow replica (and making of)

It shoots well. but it's only 50 lbs so not extraordinary. A bit less fast than a bow of the same draw weight, but that's normal for a crossbow (smaller draw length). But I can say the lock make more noise than I thought. Certainly because there is no nut on the skane crossbow. I have another crossb...
by Dark Factor
04 Feb 2018, 19:12
Forum: Archery - Primitive Bows
Topic: Skane Lockbow replica (and making of)
Replies: 6
Views: 194

Skane Lockbow replica (and making of)

Hello I rarelly create new topics here, but last months I worked on some crossbow, so here is the first I finish (even if the website is more about archery than crossbows). This is the making of a replica of the skane lockbow :  http://www.licorneargent.be/les-arcs/arbaletes/reconstitution/lillohus/...
by Dark Factor
27 Jan 2018, 09:43
Forum: Archery - Primitive Bows
Topic: Question about suitabilty of "C" limb cross section in an elder bow.
Replies: 29
Views: 625

Re: Question about suitabilty of "C" limb cross section in an elder bow.

Yes, that's interesting WW... it's true the measure tape works differently according to the orientation of the U. I think the thickness has an importance into that as much as the U cros section, but there is a kind of torsion of the measure tape before it flatten (when you use in the wrong direction)
by Dark Factor
23 Jan 2018, 18:57
Forum: Archery - Primitive Bows
Topic: Question about suitabilty of "C" limb cross section in an elder bow.
Replies: 29
Views: 625

Re: Question about suitabilty of "C" limb cross section in an elder bow.

Hello Tim, yes, I will search for a pipe and make the test (not sure when I'll do maybe this weekend)... Yes I have the TBBs and your tests are always very interesting. the test could tell us interesting informations, but I also think that PVC could flatten the C cross section without spliting in 2 ...
by Dark Factor
21 Jan 2018, 15:41
Forum: Archery - Primitive Bows
Topic: Question about suitabilty of "C" limb cross section in an elder bow.
Replies: 29
Views: 625

Re: Question about suitabilty of "C" limb cross section in an elder bow.

I was thinking about splitting I staff in 2 part to make 1 classical flatbow and the second a flatbow with U section... same weight, length, limb wide... I just have to find a curved drawknife (or put an old one into the forge). Yes, I can measure draw weight at different draw length, but a ballisti...
by Dark Factor
21 Jan 2018, 11:20
Forum: Archery - Primitive Bows
Topic: Question about suitabilty of "C" limb cross section in an elder bow.
Replies: 29
Views: 625

Re: Question about suitabilty of "C" limb cross section in an elder bow.

I'm interested to make a test bow with U section (just a good challenge), but I don't have really good measure instrument to enter into your test process, Tim.
by Dark Factor
17 Jan 2018, 18:31
Forum: Archery - Primitive Bows
Topic: Question about suitabilty of "C" limb cross section in an elder bow.
Replies: 29
Views: 625

Re: Question about suitabilty of "C" limb cross section in an elder bow.

For me that's first a great challenge for the bowyer (bowyers love challenges) and also very esthetic (I'm sure everyone who see it, will remember this bow). But yes, the moment of inertia of the C cross-section is bigger for the same weight than a classical flatbow. So higher draw weight for the sa...
by Dark Factor
28 Dec 2017, 12:06
Forum: Archery - Primitive Bows
Topic: New project - Ash longbow
Replies: 30
Views: 897

Re: New project - Ash longbow

Oh, that's a success I think. Don't make too many goals on your first bows, this one is already nice. the bend isn't so bad (even if the light near the handle only don't make easy to see the right shape). It seems to bend a bit too much on limbs at 1/3 of the tips. this could bend a bit more for the...
by Dark Factor
14 Nov 2017, 19:33
Forum: Archery - Primitive Bows
Topic: New project - Ash longbow
Replies: 30
Views: 897

Re: New project - Ash longbow

A too large handle add archer paradox to the arrow too, that's why it's always better to have a narrow handle. for flabows, limbs are flats, but bowyers (milleniums ago too) understood that's better to work the handle differently to reduice paradox with a narrow handle.
by Dark Factor
14 Nov 2017, 19:31
Forum: Archery - Primitive Bows
Topic: New project - Ash longbow
Replies: 30
Views: 897

Re: New project - Ash longbow

the handle is the most important to be good on the hand, but if you feel it well, so that's not a problem. I just mean the proportions seems too large and you could take out wood on the sides to be closer to a square section and not a rectangle. but it means you had to take out half of the wood and ...
by Dark Factor
10 Nov 2017, 19:05
Forum: Archery - Primitive Bows
Topic: New project - Ash longbow
Replies: 30
Views: 897

Re: New project - Ash longbow

Also, 6-8% moisture is very low for a bow and I don't really understand how this can be so low in a porch. Whithout heating, that's hard to be under 12-14%
by Dark Factor
09 Nov 2017, 19:58
Forum: Archery - Primitive Bows
Topic: New project - Ash longbow
Replies: 30
Views: 897

Re: New project - Ash longbow

a 60#@28'' bow is about 75#@32'', so that's a bit different if you plan the draw weight for 28 or 32''. but 32'' will bend the bow more so this could break easier. that's why it's better to have longer bows at 32''. At 28'', the bow will shoot faster if it's about 170cm long, at 32'' this will be be...
by Dark Factor
04 Nov 2017, 11:44
Forum: Archery - Primitive Bows
Topic: New to bowmaking - question about backing bow
Replies: 43
Views: 1.1K

Re: New to bowmaking - question about backing bow

Yes, I know 2-3 other bowyers on medieval fairs if one day someone want to make a gathering !
Belgium isn't so big! Car isn't always necessary.
Jaochim... I've sent you an email to your private box
by Dark Factor
31 Oct 2017, 17:13
Forum: Archery - Primitive Bows
Topic: New to bowmaking - question about backing bow
Replies: 43
Views: 1.1K

Re: New to bowmaking - question about backing bow

I live near Tournai (Doornik), near the french frontier. Exciter isn't so far as he live near Kortrijk if I remember well.
by Dark Factor
17 Oct 2017, 18:19
Forum: Archery - Primitive Bows
Topic: Old greek bows
Replies: 2
Views: 222

Re: Old greek bows

Yes, I'm searching the informations since some days and somes comes from poteries (never sure the artist know how is a bow), other informations from old text, but no exact ideas. I have found this : https://koryvantesstudies.org/studies-in-english-language/page210-2/ http://www.salimbeti.com/micenei...
by Dark Factor
25 Sep 2017, 16:26
Forum: Archery - Primitive Bows
Topic: New to bowmaking - question about backing bow
Replies: 43
Views: 1.1K

Re: New to bowmaking - question about backing bow

Yes, I don't explain why it's so low moisture. especially if it's nearly outside. Generally when it dry outside you never go down to 12% but 14-16%. The wood hasn't had a heat treatment? Someone once told me that wood with heat traitment can't go back to a normal moisture, but not sure it's true or ...
by Dark Factor
20 Sep 2017, 16:35
Forum: Archery - Primitive Bows
Topic: New to bowmaking - question about backing bow
Replies: 43
Views: 1.1K

Re: New to bowmaking - question about backing bow

Yes, that's strange your wood is too dry if you put on a garage (no direct sun...) Do you know the moisture % in your garage? Are you sure you correctly use your moisture meter? That's not about you, but the one I have need some settings according to wood species which make a little difference (3-4%...
by Dark Factor
19 Sep 2017, 17:30
Forum: Archery - Primitive Bows
Topic: New to bowmaking - question about backing bow
Replies: 43
Views: 1.1K

Re: New to bowmaking - question about backing bow

I don't pay so much importance to moisture as I make bow drying on my house and they stay at home when it's finished, so they finally stable at the moisture rate they will always be. but normally at home, they stable at about 9-11%. To be at 6% means the room is very hot or very dry. Normally, you j...