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    Looking for a workable picture of crossbow carving

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    Looking for a workable picture of crossbow carving

    Post by Tinker on Thu Aug 05, 2010 9:06 am

    I had buried this question in another post and it may have gone unnoticed so I will stand it alone here.

    "Can anyone direct me to somewhere else that I might get workable pictures of the German crossbow Mr Suleski has on his website that has the hawk (as I recall) relief carved into it's sides?"
    (First seen on the website Storm the Walls http://www.stormthewalls.kicks-ass.net/Crossbows/crossbows.htm that is currently down)

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    Post by zhangyimou on Mon Aug 09, 2010 4:50 am

    The website is not down, they just moved it! - i've for it for a week or so
    just go to www.stormthecastle.com ans look for crossbows

    Maybe the siteowner has a drawing - there are some links to other carved pieces
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    Re: Looking for a workable picture of crossbow carving

    Post by Tinker on Mon Aug 09, 2010 9:36 am

    Thanks kindly. There is a link on that site to the owner (Will) but it is apparently not working. I will try later to write him directly to see if he can help find Kurt Suleski's previously posted information.Juggle

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    Post by Tinker on Tue Aug 10, 2010 3:31 pm

    Because I can't delete a parallel thread:

    Made contact. Nice fellow. Not the same.
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    Re: Looking for a workable picture of crossbow carving

    Post by Ivo on Tue Aug 10, 2010 3:54 pm

    Tinker,

    Check out the Medieval Crossbow Pictures topic...I posted the pic you were looking for. If you find anything on the net you like, post it there to help build our little gallery.

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    Thanks IVO;

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    Re: Looking for a workable picture of crossbow carving

    Post by Ivo on Sun Aug 22, 2010 3:32 am

    So this thing ...hmmmm




    I'd assume that the head can be similar to these griffins...




    Also worth checking out is this little topic.>>>
    Link

    PS:
    A cool idea would be to actually press an artificial eye or a stone into the socket like in one of those sculptures.
    ...now that I have this on my mind, it reminds me of this one craaazy looking bow built by the guys on TradGang
    ( http://tradgang.com/cgi-bin/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic;f=40;t=000078;p=23 )
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    Re: Looking for a workable picture of crossbow carving

    Post by Tinker on Sun Aug 22, 2010 9:50 am

    Thanks IVO, I think you are on to something with the Griffin. It has that look about it from what is visible. I'm really stumbling around looking for an idea that fits the long-thin area of the sides that needs to be carved. Snakes give me the willies and Dragons with their wings get tall. Have not ruled out the posted picture of the hawk but still searching for maybe a better idea.
    Possibly something like...

    (squeezed a little?) on a chip-carved background... ?? yeeeeaahhhh

    Ideas welcome! scratch

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    Post by Tinker on Mon Aug 23, 2010 9:33 am

    Due to the fact that the carvable area on the sides of this tiller is not much more than 2 inches, I think I have an idea for a carving. Instead of carving the sides where they will not be seen when it hangs on the wall (most of the time), how about the belly? ... bottom between the tickler and the front end. The symmetry of this should lend itself well.

    Thinking strongly about rounding the belly and carving this falcon just forward of the tickler inlet. Rounded onto the sides a little would give a good forearm grip... sorta like checkering. Then only doing a rounded bead near the top on both sides running front to back. The fiddleback grain should adequately adorn the side panels.... probably would be sinful to chew-up the nice grain of the maple anyway.

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    Re: Looking for a workable picture of crossbow carving

    Post by Ivo on Thu Aug 26, 2010 2:13 am

    Careful when rounding corners, you probably know this, but I just want to mention this for those who don't...rounding an area will allow your hand to grip the stock more comfortably, but that will also result in fingertips now being closer to the string...this is dangerous, so be careful not to over do it.

    I really want to sit down with a sketch pad since I like drawing weird stuff, but my eyes are closing on me as I type
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    ....my idea is very close to yours, though I don't know how much detail you are planning on having in this carving, but the wings can definitely wrap around the stock or you can have them folded or you can even stretch things a bit to give it a slightly better fitting and perhaps even a "speedy" look.

    By the way, check out this piece by David Swanson...



    http://medieval.stormthecastle.com/armorypages/hand-made-medieval-crossbow.htm

    PS: Just of the top of my head...try searching images of Phoenix on Google.




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    Re: Looking for a workable picture of crossbow carving

    Post by Tinker on Thu Aug 26, 2010 8:51 am

    Thanks for the tips IVO ....ALWAYS appreciated.

    That is quite a carving of a dragon. Should be no problem gripping that bugger (or does it grip the shooter?)

    I did get started on the falcon (above). It has no depth nor detail other than some trouble fraught sharp termination points. I worked for awhile on paper with the hawk/eagle photo you provided but the feathers were especially 'busy' and redundant so I shelfed the idea. The falcon struck me as something one might have seen on a Medieval weapon ?!

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