Hello again Crossbowfriends !
The tradition of compeating with crossbows is an 800 year tradition in Germany, so it´s a loong time of learning and doing for our german friends. No wonder they make incredible works of art....and they(we) compete with them too. You are only allowed to participate with your own selfmade crossbow. It´s a bit tolerant with the historic material, sometimes you can see a delrin nut or a dacron-string, but it´s ok to compete with if the construction and looks overall is a historic one.
The best of the meeting is to discuss the different material, glues, procedures and trigger-systems. Everyone is very helpful and gives you tips and drawings of everything you wants to know.
And ofcourse to make contacts.
Most of the younger Germans as Jens Sensfelder and Holger Richter are very good at English and are helpful to translate.
The one making the beuuuuuutiful composite bows is Andreas Bichler from Austria.
Andreas told me that it takes from 6 months to two years to make a composite hornbow ready for shooting, he uses hide-glu from rabbits that he makes himself. And Buffalo hornstrips and horse-sinen
You can se pictures of a splitted hornbow with the horn and sinenlayers separated as well as a cross-section of a bow. All of the colours, materials and pattern of the bows are replicated from historic sources. Why don´t you guys gather and take the same plane over to Stockholm in 2013 ?
Propably in August.
- We all share the same interest and it will be great fun if we all could share experiences, ideas and to shoot with some wonderful crossbows !!!