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wayland



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 19, 2006 1:05 pm    Post subject: Falconry and Archery.  Reply with quote

Is there much interest here in Falconry and Archery?
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 19, 2006 1:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There are archery clubs in most of the colleges/universities. I'm not a member though so that is the extent of my knowledge. They are quite active.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 02, 2007 3:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There are a good number of archery clubs in Ireland alright - archery.ie is a good place to start. I know there are a couple of good clubs that use longbows in Waterford, which isn't a million miles from you.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 02, 2007 5:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for that Kira. It is the longbow that I am particularly interested in. I will go and have a look at the web site.
Cheers.
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Sean Ph'lib



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 28, 2017 1:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I recently took up bowmaking.  So far, I've made two longbows from Ash - both pretty good bows:  the stronger of the two is just about as much as I can manage to draw, and it shoots an arrow a loooong way!  Yesterday I cut a Rowan tree. I debarked it and sealed the ends.  I'm going to try splitting it in the hopes of getting two staves from it - but I'll settle for one.  Like many hobbies, I'm finding this one pretty addictive!
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 28, 2017 1:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's the Rowan log:
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Sean Ph'lib



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 28, 2017 3:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

And here it is, half an hour later.  Very tricky to split, but I managed it.  Hopefully two bowstaves.
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wayland



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PostPosted: Sun Jul 30, 2017 8:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Interesting project Sean. Watching with interest.
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wayland



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 31, 2017 7:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Some time ago . I seem to be saying that alot these days . Well a while back In the UK I belonged to an archery club. We had a Bowyer in the club as well as a number of fletcher's (A popular evening class subject) Tom the Bowyer asked me to make him one of those grid yokes. The proper name escapes me but a clever and simple bit of kit that enables the Bowyer to get both limbs the same strength. Do you have one of these Sean?
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 31, 2017 9:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No, Wayland.  All I have is a hatchet,  a drawknife,  a rasp,  a penknife and sandpaper!  I do have a tiller tree that I made to judge the bend in the limbs,  but everything is done by eye.

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