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    Post by Ivo on Fri Nov 27, 2009 1:49 am

    Me being the first registered user here I'd like to welcome everyone and wish You all a good stay. Have fun! Very Happy
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    Post by Mike on Thu Dec 03, 2009 4:42 pm

    Well I guess I'm one of the first few people.

    I've been messing with crossbows of one sort or the other for the better part of about 30 years (!).
    All have been modern bows.
    I currently own 9 of'em

    A coupla years ago, I got David at Wyvern Creations to build me one of his Medieval replicas.
    A very nicely done, working bow. It shoots 16" (as I recall) wood arrows with a little more of an old world tip and two feathers out back.
    I did some more little things to it to make it look a little more period.

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    Post by Ivo on Thu Dec 03, 2009 10:29 pm

    Hi Mike,

    Very glad to see more experienced crossbowmen joining up. Also very excited about your hobby as well as your pursuit of giving your modern material based crossbow a more historical feel...looking forward to seeing it.I'm sure, in time there will be all kinds of information here on building historically accurate and functional replicas of the old as well as the more modern hunting and target weapons.

    cheers Welcome to the The Arbalist Guild Mike. Looking forward to seeing your crossbow creations and modifications. cheers

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    Post by Jim Koch on Fri Dec 04, 2009 11:30 pm

    Greetings To The Group,
    My name is Jim and I own Alchem Inc, a manufacturer and supplier of various crossbow parts. Our web site can be found at "http://www.alcheminc.com". My plan is to add a link to this site so that our customers who have questions can come here for support and inspiration.
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    Post by Ivo on Sat Dec 05, 2009 12:17 am

    Good Day to You Jim,

    Glad you could make it. The idea with a link is excellent. We are looking forward to bringing this community to it's full potential and with your skill in the craft our job has just became twice as exciting.

    cheers Welcome to The Arbalist Guild Jim! cheers

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    Post by Ivo on Mon Dec 07, 2009 3:37 am

    Вижу появились знакомые имена с Русского форума, а некоторые даже уже учяствуют и тут. Холось бы по приветствовать моих арбалетных товарищей на нашем новом форуме и пожеалать удачи в наших хобби, работе, ну и конечно же в личной жизни. Всем большое спасибо что заглянули.

    Одно желание есть у меня, и это как раз таки почему я не начял майки и кепки раздавать, я хочю чтоб форум росc привлекая особых и любящих арбалетное дело людей...как было на Русском форуме.

    Еще раз спасибо Вам ребята что поддержали.
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    Post by crimbizzle on Sun Dec 13, 2009 6:34 pm

    Greetings everyone. I am a wanna be bowyer with a band saw and a few shootable bows so far. If it throws a pointy stick I'm interested, and I'd definitely love to try my hand at building a crossbow some day. My wife and I are in the middle of moving so all my stuff is packed away. For now I'll watch and hopefully in a month or two I may have a project started.
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    Post by Ivo on Mon Dec 14, 2009 1:31 pm

    Hey crimbizzle,

    Glad to see you here with us and Welcome to The Arbalist Guild. I have some rules here and the first one is "No D&D!!!" :affraid: ...

    - Just kidding man pirat

    Glad to hear about your crossbow building plans.That band saw will certainly come in handy, as well as your bow building experience king

    If you have any questions or suggestions, ask away, suggest away...this place was built for it. :farao:

    Check out the forum, it's structured a bit differently from BD and I hope you and everyone else likes it. Have Fun!

    cheers Welcome to The Arbalist Guild Crimbizzle! cheers

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    PS: Funny, you are moving in...I'm starting to move out...all things are packed away....kinda sucks, I agree. Good luck with the move man and Happy Holidays!
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    Post by Pavise on Sun Feb 07, 2010 3:14 pm

    Hello everybody,

    After some weeks of lurking and learning I decided that it was time I joined you all officially. Besides that, my good friend Robin Allen has asked me to. So thanks to you too Ivo, here I am.

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    Post by Ivo on Mon Feb 08, 2010 12:10 am

    Hello Pavise,

    Very happy that you made it, sorry for the bumpy ride with the registration. Everything is done to keep this forum secure and the e-mail verification is one of those security features that we can not live without.

    I'm glad to hear this forum is being recommended to people and will do my best to keep it as warm and welcoming as the smell of fresh cut wood in the workshop. Very Happy

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    Post by Loggo on Sun Nov 14, 2010 6:37 pm

    Hello my name is Logan, I'm a first time builder just in the middle of a bow project now.
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    Post by Tinker on Mon Nov 15, 2010 6:56 pm

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    Post by westwind on Sat Apr 23, 2011 7:28 pm

    Hello everyone! I was quite surprised when I found this forum as I have been having alot of trouble finding information regarding crossbow construction. Anyways it's great to be here! I am an experienced bladesmith and leather worker so anything that pertains to either of those please don't hesitate to ask. I am fairly new to crossbows and their construction so I am looking forward to exploring all the information here.
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    Post by Ivo on Sat Apr 23, 2011 7:55 pm

    Good Day Westwind,

    I know...I used to sprain my internet ankles looking for crossbow info on the net, then *bam* - built a forum. Laughing

    So Welcome to our Crossbowyer Circle! Let us know what's up and we'll get on it.

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    Post by olrono on Thu May 12, 2011 3:51 pm

    jocolor Hello... O'l Rono here. built my first croossbow at six years old, a wooden hanger and some inter tube rubber cut to size and away I go... Looking forward to a pro building a replica of William Tell the originial TV series bow. Now if he would only find time to call me.
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    Post by Ivo on Sun May 15, 2011 3:12 am

    Hey Ol'Rono,

    Welcome to the Guild!

    Haha, That's not technically a crossbow you built, *technically* it was a slingshot...I built those too as a kid...In Ukraine we called it Samostrel which meant self shooter...they kinda generalized everything, so everything that wasn't a gun or a bow, but still shot - was a Samostrel. Smile

    Hey, enjoy your stay and good luck with that William Tell topic. Welcome! Welcome! Welcome! 58024

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    Post by olrono on Wed May 18, 2011 11:55 am

    Thank you for the welcome Ivo, I am enjoying a second childhood with the crossbow and I can see I will learn alot here on your site thanks...
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    Post by jreese on Sat Jul 02, 2011 3:12 pm

    Thanks for the warm welcome. I had been searching for a site that works with those interested in building an arbalist, and I'm very glad to have found you. I'm in the information gathering stage now, and with limited funds I'm too glad to trade the time I have to make this project work. Since I'm in a rural area finding the raw materiel is much easier than finding the talent to pay for the work I should be doing anyway. But there is no lack of talent in this area, in anything from woodwork to blacksmithing to building a trebuchet...
    I'm very eager to get started, so feel free to reign me in and explain how things should work.
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    Post by Budapestlimes on Tue Jul 26, 2011 2:31 pm

    Hello everyone!

    I am a Hungarian, Budapest.
    My brother made ​​crossbows.

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    Post by Todd the archer on Tue Jul 26, 2011 7:16 pm

    That is a very nice crossbow you have there.



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    Post by Ivo on Tue Jul 26, 2011 8:17 pm

    Hi and Welcome!

    The carving and the engraving are awesome on those bows...couldn't keep my eyes off of them. Great job and my compliments to your brother's skill! Smile

    If I'm not mistaken, the carving and engraving were all done by hand? and I even see some gold encrustation on the border of the side plates...simply fantastic! Thanks for sharing, is there a picture of the bow assembled? or is this still work in progress?

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    Post by Budapestlimes on Wed Jul 27, 2011 5:27 am

    Todd, Ivo, Thank you for response!

    Yes, everything is handmade, finished two weeks.
    Engraving of the old master's work. All other brother and my little one.
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    Post by Ivo on Fri Jul 29, 2011 2:51 am

    Definitely looking forward to your projects completion. And you said the little one is yours, you mean the one with a carved Ram's head in the grip? I'm an Aries by Zodiac, so that would be my choice of animal too!!! Welcome! Welcome! Welcome! 524936 Laughing

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    Post by Budapestlimes on Fri Jul 29, 2011 2:46 pm

    I mean, if completed...
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    Post by kram57 on Thu Jul 03, 2014 9:33 am

    Hi. iam not sure if ive done this right..so sorry if I have posted in the wrong place?   Iam not very good at DIY but I love xbows and have discovered them late in life. Ive been modifying the self load 80lb pistol xbow for a while now and have managed to almost double its power. I love this xbow and for a while been trying to give it that bit more FPS it deserves.  I have got it up to just over 300fps now but..as with power you want more!!  Ive got a 120lb split limb xbow and have been toying with the idea of cutting the limbs down to fit onto another MK2 pistol xbow (minus the cocking arm). Because iam shortening these limbs they will be much stiffer..thus more powerfull? I allways wondered why medieval xbows had a very short draw..some under two inches!!  Now I know why..as the huge poundage they needed to cock a 400+ crossbow..it just would not bend and arch 6 or 8 inches!   Iam really in unknown territory here as I don't know if it will work??  But, it may well do and be hugely powerfull?

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