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    Post by jeep Wed May 01, 2013 1:07 am

    The 11 and 12 may we will have in France (Sully sur Loire) a very important military history festival call "les heures historiques". I will be there to present the antique Chinese crossbow. There will be a display and a shooting post (or stand I don't know) for "chu ko nu". At this occasion I build 4 more of those . Here some pictures . Some more during the festival.
    I had to rationalise the process, using plywood and straight cut, minimum of glue and maximum of screw
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    Post by jeep Wed May 01, 2013 1:10 am

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    Post by jeep Wed May 01, 2013 1:11 am

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    Post by jeep Wed May 01, 2013 1:27 am

    The crossbow will shoot from a wooden bench in separate box for the safety. I put fix support to avoid dispersion and the target will be 12 foot only. It wont be shooting only for fun but it is a demonstration for thoses interested by construction technique. Here the Chu ko nu

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    Post by jeep Wed May 01, 2013 1:31 am

    With this I'll present my other classic Chinese crossbow. More pictures to come from the complete setting in the field.
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    Post by chaz Wed May 01, 2013 4:23 pm

    Jeep,

    Sure do like your crossbow "kit" can you provide plans with measurements ? Looks like great fun to build without getting all to serious about "exact replica" Looks fun !

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    Post by jeep Thu May 02, 2013 12:30 am

    Chaz look this very good tutorial. I use the same system but with different measures and more simpler design . I also simplify the building process using only straight saw cut. Be careful it look simple but the trigger and the rope passage setting are very tricky, it is half mm precision needed. But it is very fun and worth the effort. The last chu ko nu on the right (yellow) was build many year ago and it is lot more "histo" : plain wood all grooved by hand including the magazine in on piece . You can find good bamboo in any big garden shop it is very nice to work but take care of the cut and the wound with it, is like a razor and can develop infection . Take the biggest you find.


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    Post by chaz Thu May 02, 2013 6:17 am

    Thanks Jeep

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    Post by jeep Sat May 18, 2013 3:25 am

    That was a beautiful historical festival ,with about 800 very serious re-enactor for all military periods . We have been very busy explaining the Chinese crossbow. I had a reduce shooting range to show the chu-ko-nu witch was very successful.
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    Here his a video at the opening and during the WE,fortunatly for you I was explaning in english to a tourist group

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    Post by stm2010 Fri Jun 10, 2016 8:11 am

    Amazing! Great job for replicas.
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    Post by c sitas Wed Jun 15, 2016 8:31 pm

    Great job Jeep. I 've always held you in high regard here. I was always impressed with your "rubber rig". I've since mad my own ,with a lot of ideas I stole from you. Am impressed with your display  and ability to explain it. Carry on the great image of the handmade  crossbow my friend.
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    Post by stm2010 Wed Jun 22, 2016 3:50 am

    Hi,Jeep。
    Is the right top model showed chinese crossbow trigger?
    But I can't see the hook which hold the string,I am afraid
    this model is not the real trigger’s protype。
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    Post by Oppenheimer Fri Jul 01, 2016 1:01 am

    jeep wrote:Chaz look this very good tutorial. ..

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iqjEG7VjRB0
    Lots of thank´s for the good video tutorial link and nice building you do.
    Anyone who knows if there´s a history festival with crossbows in europe this summer? Preferably in the Germany -France area? Also intrested in seeing a Roman Festival...
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    Post by JMC Sat Jul 16, 2016 12:22 pm

    Hi everyone !

    Jeep died early this year
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    Post by Gnome Sat Jul 16, 2016 2:23 pm

    Wow, really? Do you have any details? 
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    Post by phuphuphnik Sun Jul 17, 2016 10:05 pm

    Wait, WHAT?!?
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    Post by JMC Mon Jul 18, 2016 5:59 am

    i have only this:http://www.webarcherie.com/index.php?/topic/37295-avis-de-d%C3%A9c%C3%A9s/

    Owl is jeep on this french forum.

    the translate:I just learned the death of owl, registered on the forum in 2007 and was posting particularly under the heading of crossbows. Big fan of this weapon, he had reproduced several models, which he had shared the different manufacturing steps on this forum. He was quickly taken away from a terrible disease.

    My condolences to his family.
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    Post by Gnome Mon Jul 18, 2016 2:43 pm

    That is really too bad, his posts were always very interesting and informative. Looks like his last post on this site was back in August of 2015. Too many voices have gone silent, I liked to assume it was life that got in the way, not death. Here's to Jeep, RIP.
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