However; now that I have found this forum, I see that there are some tremendously talented people crafting some fantastic crossbows and related equipment out there. It makes me wonder why I feared a spring steel bow (prod) right in front of my face, but had no qualms about a gun powder filled tube in the same place. Be that as it may, I am interested in jumping right into the craft!
I guess I'll ask my first stupid question: I see Alchem, Slobow, and DIGITARC all currently make steel prods; I have also looked at a number of posts and really fantastic pictures of original and "new" bows in this forum. I am looking for a recommendation(s) for someone who makes/sells, well proportioned prods, in the 150-300 lb. range, with as close to 'rolled pin tips' as possible, and if possible available without having to wait until the next Renaissance for them? I was hoping to get started on a build before the winter ends and the demands of summer slow the prospects for progress.