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    Bridle hole distance

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    Bridle hole distance

    Post by jds6 on Fri Mar 23, 2012 9:38 pm

    hey guys, starting my second build, and I have a question that I seem not to find a good answer for. What is the proper distance for the bridle hole from the prod mounting? Thanks in advance

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    Re: Bridle hole distance

    Post by Geezer on Sat Mar 24, 2012 6:37 am

    Geezer here re bridle hole distance: I generally cut the bridle-hole so the face of the 'D'- shaped passage is 3.5 inches from the belly of the prod. That gives me plenty of space to cinch-up the 'V' of bridle in the tightening process. Period practice generally shows a little less distance... perhaps 3 inches. It's not terribly important which you do, but if you cut it way-down, to say and inch and a half, you don't get enough squeeze-factor to get the prod really tight.
    And while I'm on the subject, I recommend you use a big hank of cord for the bridle... don't go cheap and cheesy. Real medieval bows have plenty of bridle-cord. These days I'm using 3 mm hemp twine... about 4 fathoms (@ 24 feet) of cord to bind the prod and another two fathoms for the stirrup. That gives me a nice medieval-looking lump of bridle. I can get that much bridle-cord through a 3/4 inch hole that's 'D'd out at the front. If the hole was just round, I would make it a 7/8 inch hole.
    Does that help? Geezer
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    Re: Bridle hole distance

    Post by jds6 on Sat Mar 24, 2012 7:25 am

    Thanks Geezer, I had the hole premarked at about 2 3/4" centered from prod belly. How about the distance from the top of the table to center of hole? I have the mark about center of prod, or does it need to be a hair lower?

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    Re: Bridle hole distance

    Post by Geezer on Sat Mar 24, 2012 8:08 am

    About prod-center will work fine. Some medieval bows have the hole slightly above prod-center. Geezer.
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    Re: Bridle hole distance

    Post by jds6 on Sat Mar 24, 2012 8:30 am

    Thanks once again Geezer for your insight on these matters. The knowledge gained will surely be used for future builds.

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    Re: Bridle hole distance

    Post by mac on Sat Mar 24, 2012 9:57 pm

    Jds6,

    In my opinion, most modern makers put the hole too far from the prod. Have a look at some authentic pieces and try to do what they did.

    Trust our ancestors. They worked all the details out for us already.

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