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    Hi from Wales

    Post by stuckinthemud1 on Wed Feb 05, 2014 3:32 pm

    Hi All,

    just a quick introduction, I am a wood-carver and adult-ed wood-work instructor in wet and windy Wales - the UK not the Australian one......I am just generally interested in making and decorating stuff from wood.  I've carved a few air-rifle stocks recently and did once try making a crossbow when I was 11.....

    Anyhow, I have always been fascinated by cross-bows and also in archery - I regularly fail to hit field archery targets but that is another story and am really looking forward to getting to know this site but there is just so much to learn ! Very Happy 

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    Re: Hi from Wales

    Post by Hotspur on Wed Feb 05, 2014 10:16 pm

    Croeso!

    As arbalists through the ages know: it's easier to hit stuff with a crossbow! 

    I look forward to seeing your work.  There is lots of inspiration, advice and info here.

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    Re: Hi from Wales

    Post by Jason D on Wed Feb 05, 2014 10:17 pm

    Welcome to the site! There is a lot of very interesting information posted here, and a great willingness to share.

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    Re: Hi from Wales

    Post by stuckinthemud1 on Thu Feb 06, 2014 2:17 am

    Can't work out how to insert an image from flickr, help anyone!? In the meantime here is a link to the rifle stock carving

    hopefully a link to my HW80 air-rifle stock

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    Re: Hi from Wales

    Post by Hermit on Thu Feb 06, 2014 8:36 am

    Good morning from Canada Bach,nice work from a talented carver.Stock looks interesting,looks like oak.I used to own a Wierach H35 many years ago.I really liked the Wierach trigger mechanism,meant to make drawings of it,but never did..........
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    Post by stuckinthemud1 on Thu Feb 06, 2014 11:37 am

    You are right, it does look like oak but when the stain is stripped away it is the wrong colour despite the Medullary rays which are what makes the Beech (pretty sure that's what it is) look like oak.  The stock is also relatively light in weight (you wouldn't linger on your shot with an oak stock).  The main reason for not using oak is that the high acidity levels in oak very quickly corode any ferous metals fitted to it - and gun actions are ferous. 
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    Post by Hermit on Thu Feb 06, 2014 12:01 pm

    Thanks Stuck,I did'nt know that about Oak,so I've learned something.Can't tell from the photo,but you're likely right,beech is much more available in Europe than over here.
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    Post by stuckinthemud1 on Thu Feb 06, 2014 12:47 pm

    You can't tell from looking at the stock in person either, the flecking fooled my timber supplier too.

    Regarding oak and ferous metals, there's lots of old wooden boats fastened with iron rivets that sank cos they were iron-sick - the rivets were rotted out by the oak they were fixed in, that's why silicon bronze tends to be the material of (very expensive) choice nowadays.
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    Re: Hi from Wales

    Post by Geezer on Thu Feb 06, 2014 1:44 pm

    The anchor-fast bronze boat-nails may be expensive at the outset, but the cost pales in comparison with taking an otherwise serviceable 20 yr old boat apart to re-fasten.  And steel fasteners are actually worse than old fashioned iron. Like I tell my apprentices in the crossbow shop.  It pays to use the right materials the first time. 
    Welcome aboard!  Geezer.

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    Post by stuckinthemud1 on Thu Feb 06, 2014 2:39 pm

    Hi Geezer,

    your not wrong, I keep looking at all those cheap old boats on ebay and think about their real cost in terms of a complete refastening.....Always best to use the best  Smile

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    Re: Hi from Wales

    Post by Hermit on Thu Feb 06, 2014 6:45 pm

    Are we talking crossbows here.or underwater harpoon guns?..............lol   
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    Re: Hi from Wales

    Post by kenh on Fri Feb 07, 2014 5:00 am

    Hermit .... Yes!

    Stuck -- where in Wales?  I've some friends in Snowdonia...

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    Re: Hi from Wales

    Post by Hermit on Fri Feb 07, 2014 8:01 am

    I'd like to know also Stuck,I spent many happy hours in North Wales,Llangollen,Bala,Harlech,Llyn peninsula.
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    Re: Hi from Wales

    Post by stuckinthemud1 on Sun Feb 09, 2014 1:47 pm

    Noswaith dda bechgen,

    sorry, I'm from the other end of Wales. I too have spent many a happy hour clambering around Snowdonia but I hail from a little north of Cardiff in the beautiful South Wales Valleys.  Until I get around to filling in my profile,and in an effort to supply some background info, in the Winter I am a some-time woodwork tutor, a part-time carver specialising in ships'-carving (tillers/rudders/figure-heads) and a full-time support tutor in the local University; in the summer I am a part-time support tutor and a full-time carver....

    my blog is avenue woodcarving (link here)

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    Post by Montana Mike on Sun Aug 10, 2014 11:07 am

    Hello fellow crossbow lovers. I live in Missoula, Montana. Been checking out this site for quite awhile now and love the enthusiasm of everyone involved. Anyway, I've built a replica crossbow for the purpose of hunting, and hope to use it this upcoming season to take a white-tailed deer. Anyone else here a fellow deer hunter with medieval crossbow hunting experience who I could compare notes with? Hope to post some pictures of my bow soon.

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    Post by Todd the archer on Sun Aug 10, 2014 11:30 am

    Welcome Mike, hope to see some pictures soon of your crossbow.
    I have made several crossbows including medieval but funny thing is I have not actually hunted with the medieval yet.

    Pa. have full inclusion of crossbows what is it in Montana?
    BTW I passed through Missoula back in 1991 on my honeymoon. Love the country there, was hoping my bride would want to move there but it did not happen.

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    Post by Montana Mike on Sun Aug 10, 2014 1:04 pm

    Todd, thanks for the reply. Still trying to figure things out here. Montana is super anti-crossbow for the fact that the Montana bow hunters association is made up of traditional archery guys that think crossbows give an unfair advantage. Knowing what I know I would have to disagree, seeing as how the modern compound bows that are legal are basically using the same trigger mechanism that crossbows use. Plus the effective range of my crossbow seems to only be 30 yards or so, compared to that of my compound that is really effective well beyond that. But to answer your question, crossbows are legal here during the general rifle season. Hoping to be the first known person to put a medieval style crossbow to the test in Montana..
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    Re: Hi from Wales

    Post by Hotspur on Mon Aug 11, 2014 8:05 pm

    Montana Mike wrote:...Anyone else here a fellow deer hunter with medieval crossbow hunting experience who I could compare notes with? ...

    Hi Mike,
    I'm a rifle hunter that also likes crossbows.  We get an early archery season where I am - B.C. Canada, (crossbows are included) so you get a jump on the rifle hunters by a couple of weeks.

    I am far from an expert in archery hunting but will certainly share any successes I have here in the fall.

    My strategy for rifle hunting is usually to hike through an area or just drive through the cut blocks.  With the crossbow it will be mostly about the ambush, blind hunting, tree stands, basically getting closer.
      
    I’ve tried to tweak the bolt weight for best speed, while not losing too much kinetic energy.  I’ve stuck on a particularly nasty looking mechanical broad head (the FOC), it should do the job if I can get it on target!

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