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    size, shape and motif of Ulrich end-plate

    Post by stuckinthemud1 on Sun Oct 19, 2014 11:40 am

    Hi All,

    as you may be aware I am SLOWLY making a replica of the Ulrich crossbow, codenamed 'five year project' (that seems optimistic at the moment). I have carved an antler end-plate with a motif of Archangel Michael slaying the Devil measuring just over 2 inches by 1 inch (62mmx31mm).


    So, is the shape and size reasonable?  What do you think of the motif? Any comments very welcome.

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    Re: size, shape and motif of Ulrich end-plate

    Post by jeep on Sun Oct 19, 2014 4:10 pm

    beautiful! If it's a 5 years project why don't you try a composite bow, it's only ten to twelve month drying?.

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    Re: size, shape and motif of Ulrich end-plate

    Post by stuckinthemud1 on Mon Oct 20, 2014 3:32 am

    Couldn't live with myself if I didn't at least try to make a composite bow, but so many questions I need to resolve about working with antler before I start learning about using horn.  Anyone know how the medieval stock makers managed to make long and seemingly unbroken inlays, presumably they used antler from red deer or reindeer?

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    Re: size, shape and motif of Ulrich end-plate

    Post by Rizzar on Mon Oct 20, 2014 10:19 pm

    Hi

    There was a whole branch of "Horn-Carvers" , even in the production line of Crossbow making.
    They were very experienced in shaping Horn and Antler (I assume even flattening with steam/heat).

    Besides the hunting in Europe was not as it is today. So there was much more availability to bigger/longer pieces of antler. Agricultural development changed a lot.

    I personally am impressed by those Crossbows covered in original textured antler.
    Especially at that point, you can see, that pretty everything was possible for them.

    Rizzar


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    Re: size, shape and motif of Ulrich end-plate

    Post by hullutiedemies on Tue Oct 21, 2014 1:30 am

    stuckinthemud1 wrote:  Anyone know how the medieval stock makers managed to make long and seemingly unbroken inlays, presumably they used antler from red deer or reindeer?

    Moose is easiest.

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    Re: size, shape and motif of Ulrich end-plate

    Post by stuckinthemud1 on Tue Oct 21, 2014 4:28 am

    Hi Rizzar, those naturally textured stocks are amazing, I have no idea how they were made, and Hi Nerd Flintstone, isn't that cheating? Smile
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    Re: size, shape and motif of Ulrich end-plate

    Post by hullutiedemies on Wed Oct 22, 2014 12:18 am

    Why would it be cheating?
    In late middle ages hunting was the main export industry in northern Europe.
    Getting elk antler in Germany should not have been a problem.
    They used it for the roller nuts too.

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    Re: size, shape and motif of Ulrich end-plate

    Post by stuckinthemud1 on Wed Oct 22, 2014 7:26 am

    I always thought they were a North American species but I just asked Wiki and found out there is a European species too! Doh now I feel very embarassed  Embarassed ! So much to learn

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