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    Hi from Norway/Hilsen fra Norge

    Post by widel on Tue Oct 08, 2013 2:10 pm

    Hey everyone! I'm Widel. 

    I hope here to develop my knowledge of the historical construction of crossbows. I am a reenactor of fourteenth and fifteenth centuries so crossbows from this period are in my interest . My first project concerned the German crossbow from the second half of the fifteenth century, here are the results of the work:

    http://imageshack.us/g/20/im41.jpg/
    there is one small construction mistake in this project, who will guess what it is? Wink

    Next up is the reconstruction of a crossbow built in 1382 for the Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire. Unfortunately, there are a lot of problems with getting materials:
    bed: cherry tree
    bow: yew (cutting down is forbidden in my country ;/)
    Nut: Ivory
    string: silk

    Most problematic is ivory and yew... Most probably begin another project.

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    Re: Hi from Norway/Hilsen fra Norge

    Post by chaz on Tue Oct 08, 2013 4:02 pm

    Widel,

      Welcome ! Very Nice crossbow !

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    Re: Hi from Norway/Hilsen fra Norge

    Post by actionbow on Thu Oct 10, 2013 7:04 pm

    I can get pacific yew here for fairly cheap. If that would help I would be happy to sent you a stave or two. Also I am sure you know that there are ivory simulations with very good physical characteristics available.
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    Re: Hi from Norway/Hilsen fra Norge

    Post by widel on Fri Oct 11, 2013 8:36 am

    Hi, 

    first of all thank you Actionbow for a will of help, but I am forced to decline. The reason is, that it will be a replic and because of that the origin of the materials is very important. I have to use the local wood supply. 

    Yesterday I was talking with local forester that is possible to take a yew, when the tree was e.g. broken by a storm or something else and is needed to be cut down. So there is still hope but I have to be patient. 

    According to simulations of ivory as I mentioned before there is no place for plastic in a replica Wink

    Maybe it is strange but I would rather change my plans rather than doing something to cut corners. Now I am focus on composite (wood/horn/sniew) crossbow and the imperial crossbow project is suspended till next storm Wink

    Hade bra!
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    Re: Hi from Norway/Hilsen fra Norge

    Post by actionbow on Fri Oct 11, 2013 8:53 am

    No that doesn't seem strange at all. I can appreciate the need for authenticity. Good luck with the project. Keep us updated.

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