and hi to you Taxus,
being involved in medieval re-enactment here in the UK ( 14th cent period ), as an archer i get chance to hel[p out on the ''have a go archery'' and the bows/ arrows we let the public use, are not 'war' bows or arrows, if the size of the battlefield allows, then we shoot rubber blunts from low poundage bows ( and smaller arrows ), for living history we like to display replica yew bows with linen strings etc, and a mixture of arrows/with a range of differant hand forged heads. the reason picked up the cross bow was 4 fold, 1 = it was £100 , which has to be a bargain
, 2 = for my alter persona of a Frenchie on the battlefield ( yes i know the French also had archers, but thought a crossbow would be more in keeping with the general publics understanding ) 3 = for use on our ''shoot a knight'' spot which durring have a go archery we shoot blunts from longbows at our knights, to which i thought a crossbow would also add a bit of interest, and lastly = again as with archery gear for living history, a crossbow/bolts/ etc would make a nice display, the crossbow ( in my gallery ) i have been told is late 14th to 15th cent, so we can just get away with it..
which then i needed bolts for all these reasons, for the have a go archery i intend to just glue feather flights on the shafts with simple/cheap heads. pretty much the same but with rubber blunts for shoot a knight/ battlefield,.. for these we are not too concerned about authenticity. but for the living history aspect i want to try and make them as authentic as possiable, i have seen riveted ones, but i am starting to find more and more referances to shallow groves cut in the shafts and wood leather flights simply glued in, i think this a way i shall try next, i have no experiance of 'fish glue' but will look into that
like wise i have heard cheese glue is quite good for joining wood but yet again have no personal experiance with that , i have played about with rabbit glue, (but found it not an awful lot better than flour and water) , pine pitch i find very usefull for quite a few things, and as i mentioned before i sometimes cheat and add a small amount of charcoal to a 2 part epoxy resin glue to give the apperance of pine pitch yet retain the modern glues sticking power
i'm happy with using 1/2'' ash shafts, i'm also happy with the traders/smiths i know, for the replica bodkins,
its the actual fittings of the flights that i am unsure of, ie thickness, if leather was it soft or boiled, if wood what type ( i have seen willow mentioned for vanes, but i am uneasy just taking one persons opinon as gospel ) the web seach is frustrating, but time and this site like this will tell