Category: historical


Thought I’d upload the actual video as well, quality is better than on YouTube

Nearly a year since I got this now, and this week I’ve made it to an equivalent draw weight of about (+/-2lbs maybe) 100lbs @28"

Same bow, 85lbs@30", but with the addition of a 20-25lbs training elastic (as done by Joe Gibbs in his monster 200lbs bow video).

So with a bit of extra training and a little bit of time, I’ll be well on my way to the 120lbs mark (not for a few years yet I want to lay the groundwork with this 85lb-er before I spend big bucks on a big 120 yew bow)

This picture tells me that I need to work a little bit more on my left arm as the elbow is dropping a bit too much for my liking, it was comfortable, but it needs to be a bit further up, like an inch or two max. Right elbow is very high as I’ve got a 29 to 30 inch natural draw.

That big Elm stave I bought should be my 100lbs bow, I’m hoping to make it with guidance from the bowyer that made my bow here.

Things I’ve made recently in preparation for the Abbey tournament

So I went to Mjolner Bar and restaurant tonight in Melbourne and you’ll never guess what they have on their wall.

A sword from the late 10th to early 11th Century. Got some pretty good photos and would highly recommend the Bar itself for its fantastic aesthetic.

Plus some photos me and my mate took of the 15kg Scotch filled “Mjolnir”

Various stages of in “full kit”

I need a new mail shirt though because this one is about 18kg of all round riveted rings. Instead of having 4:1 solid.

Decided to put everything on because the on season is coming up and I need to see if I have to alter anything.

Excited archery noises

Started some arrows for tomorrow’s school demonstration.

I’ve already got 4 made up for armour piercing purposes, but I intend on making several that are just target points for regular shooting

Thought I’d upload the actual video as well, quality is better than on YouTube

Managed to take a video of me shooting today, needed to send it to the bowyer so he could see it in action.

Link to the video:

Shot process form checks, figured I’d upload them here as people use them to help draw archers.

I need to keep my elbow higher on lock at the end of my draw, that way my shoulders take the majority of the weight as opposed to my arms.

I’m not the fittest, around the middle so yeah bit overweight, but that’s not the point here.

For those interested, bow is Hereby/Ballinderry style, made of Australian Pink Ash, and is 85#@30"

Making more arrows, don’t have the money to buy horn plates for the nocks so I’m going to use some old loyalty cards and maybe try pvc and see if that works.