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    Post by fester on Fri Dec 28, 2018 11:03 am

    Did medieval composite prods used in warfare in the high middle ages have any recurve to them?
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    Re: profile of medieval composite prods?

    Post by Geezer on Fri Dec 28, 2018 11:31 am

    I have never seen an actual example of horn/sinew composite crossbow prods with recurved ends, but they do show up occasionally in period illustrations.  What you see in extant collections is something that looks like a steam-rollered bratwurst.  Geezer/DRW/NWA
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    Re: profile of medieval composite prods?

    Post by Geezer on Fri Dec 28, 2018 11:34 am

    PS:  you might get some help from publications by Holger Richter.  He seems to be the go-to author for horn/sinew medieval bows. (Holger Richter, "Die Hornbogen Armbrust')
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    Re: profile of medieval composite prods?

    Post by stuckinthemud1 on Fri Dec 28, 2018 3:21 pm

    Maybe not recurved exactly but there are examples that appear to be reflexed, (perhaps by the sinew pulling it tight as it cured?)

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    Re: profile of medieval composite prods?

    Post by stuckinthemud1 on Fri Dec 28, 2018 3:25 pm

    +1 on the book Geezer recommended, it is very, very, good.

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    Re: profile of medieval composite prods?

    Post by fester on Fri Jan 04, 2019 5:03 am

    I want to build a faux prod but don't want the trouble of dealing with Alchem so a steel prod is out.
    Commercially available glass prods are re-curve so buying one is out.
    That leaves me with building a base prod to form the flat, D-shaped belly of the bow and padding it with foam/ cork then wrapping it up in leather.
    I'm thinking a  wood flat bow with fiberglass laminations front and back would be the way to go but I'm open to suggestions.
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