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    Post by stuckinthemud1 Mon Jun 24, 2019 3:41 pm

    Hi Everyone,
    I have made a yew and sinew lath and have covered the sinew in birch bark. I am going to paint the lath with acrylics (oils are a bridge too far). Is it a good idea to cover the belly of the lath with birch bark as well?  I would like it to be as authentic as possible; were all (mid 15th century) bow laths completely wrapped?

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    Post by kenh Mon Jun 24, 2019 8:18 pm

    The birchbark cover of any bow was applied to help keep out the weather, so of course the entire bow was covered - back, belly and as far out on the tips as you can go -- at least to cover all the sinew.
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    Post by Armbrustier Fri Jun 28, 2019 3:20 am

    I have only seen one of this type of bow up close, (Livrustkammaren in Stockholm), and it’s only covered over the sinew and a bit down the sides of the bow, leaving the yew belly exposed. And this bow is covered with parchment and not as usual with decorated birch bark.
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    Post by stuckinthemud1 Fri Jul 05, 2019 9:27 am

    Photos would be really useful, if you do have any to post  Very Happy

    I have now covered the lath completely in birch-bark as I want to practice the method, and, I also did go with oil paints, though the 48 to 72 hour dry time between coats is really trying my patience. So far the lath is black all over, does anyone have any images of authentic patterns I could replicate - I have spent months compiling a clip-board on Pinterest and have gone right through forum threads like Ethnographic Arms & Armour - Late Gothic Crossbows and Accouterments on Vikingsword but usable patterns other than the dotty parchment pattern found on many hornbows (was there a printer all the central European makers bought their parchment from?) are pretty much non-existent as far as I can tell.

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