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Offline FilipT

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Making hedeby "Viking" bow?
« on: May 08, 2018, 11:10:47 am »
Like the title said, I want to make a bow of this type, similar as to the one Weylin recently made.

Weylin's bow
http://www.primitivearcher.com/smf/index.php/topic,63399.0.html

His bow is 67" ntn and 55# at 30" of draw. That is the pretty much same as I want except his bow is made from yew and I want to either use hazel or black locust so it didn't make sense to ask him for dimensions.

The problem lies in the fact that I cannot find references of width, depth, taper, dimensions of these weird tips, etc. Anybody have advice or guidance? Is that bow described in detail somewhere, such as in TBB maybe?

Offline Strichev

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Re: Making hedeby "Viking" bow?
« Reply #1 on: May 08, 2018, 11:25:29 am »
As far as I know the bows are pretty much slightly flatter longbows of the English type with deflexed tips extending some 50 mm from the nocks. Tiller and dimensions could probably be taken from an ELB.

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Re: Making hedeby "Viking" bow?
« Reply #2 on: May 09, 2018, 07:19:06 am »
Now that I read your post again I see that you're asking about the taper and the size of the tips specifically. I couldn't find much, archaeologists seem to have a regrettable tendency to not include scale in their drawings. Apart from some pictures I'm sure you found yourself I could only find this drawing that may be of some (limited) use:

https://i.imgur.com/TE9i2Jz.png?1

Offline FilipT

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Re: Making hedeby "Viking" bow?
« Reply #3 on: May 09, 2018, 09:35:11 am »
You are right, a bit of limited use. I am more interested in things such as for how long is parallel section of bow, how wide to make it, how initial depth needs to be so it allows me plenty of wood to work with but not too much so I don't make huge work with reducing draw weight and such.

Offline GlisGlis

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Re: Making hedeby "Viking" bow?
« Reply #4 on: May 24, 2018, 07:09:59 am »
if you want to be historically correct I think you cannot use black locust as it was introduced in europe in 1600 circa.
Elm, Yew, hazel should be all ok

Offline FilipT

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Re: Making hedeby "Viking" bow?
« Reply #5 on: May 24, 2018, 08:06:52 am »
Accuracy doesn't matter really, after all bow will have fast flight string haha. I am more interested in the design of the bow and replicating it with available wood. Although I could use hazel instead black locust, no problem there really. Elm and yew are not growing here.