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    Post by jds6 Mon Jul 15, 2013 7:13 pm

    Greetings all
     Starting new project. The tiller is made of oak and is 31" long and 1 1/2" wide at the widest point at lock.



    =https://servimg.com/view/17025010/83]New Project Italia12
    The tiller is base off a crossbow in a painting by Nicola de Siena, depicting the battle of San Ginesio and Fermani in 1377.
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    Here is a view of the crossbowman on the castle wall
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    Will use a #150 metal prod, etched side plates and stirrup. Will hand forge tickler for this project as well.

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    Post by kenh Mon Jul 15, 2013 8:01 pm

    Looks like a great start!
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    Post by jds6 Sun Jul 21, 2013 1:19 pm

    Greetings all.

     I have finished the tiller, etched side plates, bolt clip and tickler. Now to make the stirrup, then mounting it and prod to the tiller. Have not decided which method of binding I will use yet.
     Here are a few pictures of the progress so far.

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    Post by chaz Sun Jul 21, 2013 4:14 pm

    Nice sideplates .................nice project !

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    Post by Hotspur Sun Jul 21, 2013 11:31 pm

    Very nice.
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    Post by jds6 Mon Jul 22, 2013 5:20 am

    Thanks for the kind words guys !

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    Post by Hotspur Mon Jul 22, 2013 7:29 am

    How did you mask your design for etching?
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    Post by Stonedog Mon Jul 22, 2013 9:22 am

    I like how it's plain, with just a bit of fancy....nice work indeed!
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    Post by jds6 Mon Jul 22, 2013 10:01 am

    Hotspur, 
     I found a design that I wanted to use, copied that design, and transferred it to the side plates. Then I used some of the wife's finger nail polish and painted the design. After the etching I removed the nail polish. Pretty simple process to say the least. 

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    Post by jds6 Mon Jul 22, 2013 10:27 am

    Thanks Stonedog! My thoughts exactly. Was not sure how it would look, but it seems to work well together!

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    Post by ZigiMan Thu Jul 25, 2013 8:40 am

    It's nice to see such wonderful work!
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    Post by jds6 Sat Aug 03, 2013 6:51 pm

    Greetings All, 
    Finished up the new project I was working on. Gave it a few test shots and it shoots very well. Here is the finished project
     
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    Giving this one away to my son!!!

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    Post by Todd the archer Sat Aug 03, 2013 6:55 pm

    Looks great and looks like it is an original.

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    Post by Stonedog Sun Aug 04, 2013 3:20 pm

    The more I look at this piece...the more I like it!

    Is your son going to do any hunting with it?
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    Post by jds6 Sun Aug 04, 2013 8:16 pm

    Thanks Todd, and thanks Stonedog. As for my son using it for hunting, that is most likely a no.
    He is not into hunting all that much. Will probably hang on his wall and be a conversation piece. Might shoot it when he gets a chance. Never the less I am sure he will get joy from having it!
     Thanks again for all the kind words on this project, it was a fun build. Now to gear up for another one. I guess this next one is for my daughter!!!

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    Post by kenh Sun Aug 04, 2013 8:29 pm

    For your daughter --  etched flowers on the lockplates, and a pink bowstring:shock:
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    Post by jds6 Sun Aug 04, 2013 8:41 pm

    kehn that sounds great for a girly girl. But my daughter is a real outdoors-man or woman. Enjoys the great out doors, hunting, fishing camping etc.. Maybe the etched flowers but  cant see the pink happening. LOL 

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