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    Geezers finnish crossbows?

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    Post by oravainen on Mon Nov 26, 2018 10:34 am

    Geezers website mentions an article as a source for his F5 finnish crossbow type. Would someone (read: Geezer Razz) happen to know what article exactly? I tried a quick google search, but no luck. If I can get the name of the article/author, I can find it

    I'm interested in reading the article and try my luck with a reproduction of some kind.
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    Post by Geezer on Mon Nov 26, 2018 11:47 am

    The article came from a Finnish magazine that sent to me about 25 years ago.  I still have a photocopy of it somewhere.  I'll dig thru my files and see what comes up.  But as I recall, the stocks were rather long and looked very much like Germanic bows from 2 centuries earlier (Finns tended to be very conservative) We may not be able to find the original source, but I recall researching the author to discover he had written several things that were available online.  Searching....
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    Post by Geezer on Mon Nov 26, 2018 11:49 am

    Geezer back in a flash.  I found this on a quick google-search.  Check out the page... there are lots of photos.  Geezer
    https://www.tapatalk.com/groups/paleoplanet69529/finnish-crossbows-t52088.html
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    Post by oravainen on Tue Nov 27, 2018 12:36 am

    Thanks a ton! No need to go through 25 years of paper sediments just for this one Razz

    The discussion linked claims that the oldest stock we have here in museums is from 1646, wich is already older than any of the squirrel-killers I have heard about, but those images are consistent with the general style. If there would be anything older preserved, it would probably be on display, or atleast well known.

    What I didn't notice is the similarities between earlier german bows, I guess that kind of an eye is developed only through looking at the same objects for years. Finland had close ties to germany for a long time, we have lots of medieval pottery, art and other more luxurious items that were imported. If someone around here would have had a crossbow, it would mimic german style.

    I'm intending on making a crossbow in 15th C military style that would be typical for north Europe. Do the bows linked earlier have features carryied over from late medieval german bows?
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    Post by Geezer on Tue Nov 27, 2018 7:50 am

    The overall shape of Finnish crossbow stocks and stirrups is very much like shape of the 15th century (maybe 14th) Dresden bow.  Tall and tapered at the head, long, slender/narrow  tail, slightly thicker at the lock.  Rounded edges overall.  Lockplate shapes are similar as well.  Carved decoration on Finnish bows seems to be unique in style.  Geezer.

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