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    Crossbow Books

    Post by Ivo on Sat Dec 12, 2009 1:01 am

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    Hey Everyone,

    Thought I'd start a little topic on crossbow related books and articles. Smile

    There are some very interesting books out there and I see illustrations all over the net that have been scanned from them. I don't mind different language, be it German, Italian, Spanish, Russian, or any other for the matter of fact. If you know of one, list it here, and if possible a place where one would be able to get the book.

    I have not read this one yet, but will do so in the near future...I found it online over at this website... LINK

    If any one would like to add to the list, please do so. Your efforts are much appreciated.


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    Re: Crossbow Books

    Post by stratboy on Wed Nov 30, 2011 7:05 pm

    geezer thanks for the info on that book never heard of that one ordered it tonite when i figure out how to post pics on this site i'll show some of my bows i usually just put them on ebay i have 2 on there now again thanks Joe
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    Re: Crossbow Books

    Post by Geezer on Wed Nov 30, 2011 7:40 pm

    I think you'll like Paterson's book. There's a lot of stuff there that's also in Harmuth's book, but it's all in English and much-much cheaper. I disagree with Paterson on two very minor matters... and yes, I'm right and he's wrong, but honestly, he's not Very Wrong and the points are piddling-small anyway. He's got lots of useful drawings and diagrams, plus some very useful stuff about building bowstrings that could benefit all of us.
    There are some other very good crossbow books out there: Holger Richter's book on Hornbogen Armbrust (I don't remember the full name, but that''ll get you in the ball park) is a lovely German-language source with many diagrams and photos of horn/sinew medieval bows. There's also a very nice book by Jens Sensenfelder on bows from the Royal Netherlands Museum. It has English/Dutch/German text and many pictures of crossbows with weights and dimensions that should be a help for builders. You'll also find a lot of info on crossbow bolts and other tackle that could be of use.
    Of course the other members of our group should be able to provide more interesting leads for your library.
    Good building/good shooting. Geezer
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    Re: Crossbow Books

    Post by Basilisk120 on Wed Nov 30, 2011 9:40 pm

    Hey Geezer thanks for the heads up on the Paterson book.
    But seriously I have to send off and email to order it? They don't have an online order form. Odd.



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    Re: Crossbow Books

    Post by Geezer on Thu Dec 01, 2011 10:02 am

    Geezer here: Yup, you have to send in your order old-style... some of the older British sites are like that, despite their up-to-date internet. In fact, you can't order my stuff entirely online either. That's so I'm certain to get a paper order in hand as well as the electronic stuff.
    Truth is: I'm a lousy book-keeper and paper is harder to lose... electronic records can disappear at a touch of a button, but with paper, somebody has to actually carry out the trash, which is usually quite a bone of tension around here.
    Even though you're faced with the onerous duty of actually posting an order for the Paterson book, it will arrive pdq, and its got lots of useful stuff. You'll have hours of diverting entertainment and will probably end up with some useful ideas for the shop. Enjoy! Geezer

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    Re: Crossbow Books

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    Re: Crossbow Books

    Post by Ivo on Thu Dec 01, 2011 3:00 pm

    Good stuff guys, I've spent quite a few nights shuffling through the books, glad to see some new titles.

    Stupid system: Double posted. Not my fault... blame the cat. Geezer

    Leave the cat alone Geezer. Laughing
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    [Admin Action: Merging Topic] ...make sure to skim through the topic again, I'm merging it with the original Books topic to keep everything handy....by the way, don't miss this post! > Link Wink With the new Internet reform that might get through, this stuff will disappear forever, so grab all you can and make sure your antivirus is on too (just in case you decide to click a popup)




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    Re: Crossbow Books

    Post by thornwarbler on Sun Dec 16, 2012 9:21 am

    The crossbow as a modern weapon by Galen L Geer.............Thornwarbler

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    Re: Crossbow Books

    Post by chaz on Sun Dec 23, 2012 8:33 pm

    CROSSBOWS by Frank Bilson

    Treasures of the tower CROSSBOWS

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    Re: Crossbow Books

    Post by Geezer on Mon Dec 24, 2012 7:20 am

    The 'Treasures of the Tower' crossbow book is worthwhile. Bilson's crossbow book not so much so. He's terrified of metal prods, particularly aluminum alloy, and advises covering the prod with tape to avoid catastrophic failure. Hint... don't cover your prod in tape, it'll slow it way down. If you're afraid of failure, run a 1/2 in. wide strip of leather down the back.
    Happy holidays all! Geezer

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    Re: Crossbow Books

    Post by chaz on Mon Dec 24, 2012 10:05 am

    FIELD AND TARGET ARCHERY by Edmund Burke

    Geezer, 'appreciate your input. So far I'm accumilating a small collection of crossbow information but who knows what is good or bad info., so thanks for your guidance.

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    Post by Geezer on Mon Dec 24, 2012 10:09 am

    The Galen Geer book enjoys a fair reputation, though I haven't looked at it in years. By now it might be a bit dated though. Of course that's doubly true of old standbys like Payne Gallwey and even Egon Harmuth, to a degree. But then Harmuth is nearly impossible to get. I have a copy, there's useful stuff, but nothing you can't find in Alm, PG and Paterson. If you don't have Paterson's "Guide to the Crossbow" I recommend it highly. Paterson and I disagree on only about two minor points, which makes him a pretty clever fellow indeed. You should be able to get that from the book-list at Manchester University Museum (England) for about $20. It's a great deal!
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    Re: Crossbow Books

    Post by chaz on Mon Dec 24, 2012 10:25 am

    Yes, Sir I aquired Paterson's at the time you mentioned it a while back. I've very much enjoyed it.

    Now waiting on the arrival of Josef Alms book, got it from a book store in Italy, price and shipping $40.00 something. the best price I could find.

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    Post by Zardoz on Tue Dec 25, 2012 7:26 am

    Geezer wrote:The Galen Geer book enjoys a fair reputation, though I haven't looked at it in years. By now it might be a bit dated though. Of course that's doubly true of old standbys like Payne Gallwey and even Egon Harmuth, to a degree. But then Harmuth is nearly impossible to get. I have a copy, there's useful stuff, but nothing you can't find in Alm, PG and Paterson. If you don't have Paterson's "Guide to the Crossbow" I recommend it highly. Paterson and I disagree on only about two minor points, which makes him a pretty clever fellow indeed. You should be able to get that from the book-list at Manchester University Museum (England) for about $20. It's a great deal!
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