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    Post by Dark Factor on Mon Oct 16, 2017 10:11 am

    Hello,

    Just to introduce myself... I'm a bowyer from Belgium (french speaking area). I make bows for about 10-12 years, and I now want to try crossbows, so I discover this new practices with some ideas of realisations.
    I'm a medievist and I make medieval fairs during summer. So I'm more interested by old crossbows than modern ones.
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    Post by Geezer on Mon Oct 16, 2017 10:58 am

    Welcome aboard, Dark Factor.  You will find many sympathetic crossbow enthusiasts here, in cluding a fair number (like me) who specialize in medieval crossbows.  Geezer.
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    Post by Dark Factor on Mon Oct 16, 2017 11:27 am

    thank you Geezer.

    As a bowyer, I sometime focus more on the bows of crossbows than the rest, but I wonder if you have informations about composite bows of medieval crossbows.
    I mean I try to make one for some months and that's always so thick that it's very strong and finally break.
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    Post by kenh on Mon Oct 16, 2017 3:55 pm

    Making a wood-horn-sinew composite bow or prod is not a simple task.  You must have the right wood(s) properly seasoned, properly prepared buffalo horn (not cow or goat), and most difficult -- good skills at making fish bladder glue.  Most composite bowyers I know do not use hide glue as it is not strong enough. 

    A good source of information for these subjects is the Asian Traditional Archery Research Network (ATARN) at www.ATARN.net, or on Facebook.
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    Post by Dark Factor on Tue Oct 17, 2017 10:47 am

    Hello

    Yes, composite bows aren't the easiest to make for sure. I've already tried somes, but that's only a beginning for me and I'm discovering the technics.


    And that's so long to make that I prefer searching maximum informations before starting new ones.

    Atarn is a very interesting website, sure.
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    Post by kenh on Tue Oct 17, 2017 1:36 pm

    On the Facebook version of ATARN, check out the work of my friend Jason Beever.  He's doing wonderful things with horn and sinew...
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    Post by Dark Factor on Wed Oct 18, 2017 12:30 pm

    Yes, I just see... great job !
    I've started a chinese bow 1 year ago, I just have to find the motivation to finish it ... or break it... only time can tell.

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