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    Bridle length and waxing?

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    Bridle length and waxing?

    Post by fester on Sun Mar 11, 2018 9:50 am

    What length of cord should I cut to bind on the prod?
    What type of wax should I use to wax the bridle? I'm using hemp cord.
    What size hole should I drill in the the stock. I was thinking 25mm.
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    Re: Bridle length and waxing?

    Post by Geezer on Sun Mar 11, 2018 9:05 pm

    Bridle length?  I generally make the passage for the bridle 3-3.5 inches behind the prod socket... some medieval bows make that distance a bit shorter.  Diameter of the hole, @ 3/4 inch, but it depends on how much cord you use.  I normally flatten the passage (hole) at the front and then bevel its edges, because that makes the cord stack more compactly and keeps it tighter over months/years of shooting.  Many central European bows use a flat-fronted passage, but lots of western or southern bows use a round hole, simply bevelled on the edges.  Length of cord: I normally use 6-7 fathoms of 140 lb. cord (about 4 mm diameter, it's the heaviest I can get online)  I usually don't wax the bridle, but if you choose to do so, there are special liquid waxes used by shoe makers that should serve very well.  Your mileage may vary.  Geezer.
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    Re: Bridle length and waxing?

    Post by Geezer on Sun Mar 11, 2018 9:08 pm

    Additionally: many very strong bows not only used a D shaped (flat fronted) bridle passage, but fitted a bone block at the front of the passage, so the cord couldn't cut into the wood.  Reinforcing with bone is actually common at high wear points on very powerful renaissance bows.  Geezer.

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