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Re: Bucking/ Dehairing Question (reply)
Thanks for the nformation.  This explains why the hair has stayed on the hide!I have very fine wood ash and will try using a lot of that instead.The hide was fleshed prior to being placed in the bicarb of soda solution.
Leather, Hides & Tanning

africansky1972

07/14/10 11:59 AM
Bucking/ Dehairing Question (topic)
I am dehairing a deer skin and have placed the skin in a solution of water and Bicarbonate of Soda (Baking Soda).  I have read that I need to add vinegar to the mix at some stage.  Could someone please give me some advice on...
Leather, Hides & Tanning

africansky1972

07/10/10 9:28 AM
Re: Bow Woods - Southern Africa (reply)
Below are 4 links to one of the better bow woods in your area. Curtisia Dentata or assegaai. I reckon you would have to season the staves first which is unnecessary with White Stinkwood or Grewia. Try to make a flatbow not a round...
Archery - Primitive Bows

africansky1972

03/11/10 4:27 PM
Re: The Welsh and Irish Bows (reply)
I am still waiting for information in addition to that already given to me by Andy Halpin. I found him a pleasant and sincere person who knows more about bows and bow crafting than most archeologists. JJ thanks for the input, I...
Archery: Historical replication

africansky1972

03/11/10 4:23 PM
Re: Bow Woods - Southern Africa (reply)
Hi Simon,Things are tough up in Grim.  We are all holding thumbs for you guys.  You can try any Grewia, how thick was the branch/stave you used?  It should be a very good bow wood. You can also try Celtis Africana/ White...
Archery - Primitive Bows

africansky1972

03/10/10 7:42 PM
Re: The Welsh and Irish Bows (reply)
The Franks used 3 types of bows. A Yew longbow, a short 'horsebow' suspected of being similiar to the Roman composite bows and of course the crossbow. The Saracens referred to the crossbow as "quaws ferengi" meaning 'the Frankish bow'...
Archery: Historical replication

africansky1972

03/10/10 6:43 PM
Re: Bow Woods - Southern Africa (reply)
Hi, I live in South Africa and published a series of articles in African Archer magazine around the beginning of 2009. The articles include a fairly long list of potential bow woods. Where do you live....which country? Regards...
Archery - Primitive Bows

africansky1972

03/10/10 6:37 PM
Re: Are there any bowyers that suffer from yew poisining? (reply)
Jur is jy Vlaams? I find that exposure to black locust dust also makes me feel sick.
Archery - Primitive Bows

africansky1972

03/04/10 7:32 PM
Re: Hadzabe Bows (reply)
umm wait, I think I have an ebook or article about these bows somewhere....will take a look over the weekend.  It's the Hadza or a Kenyan tribe.  I will check.
Archery - Primitive Bows

africansky1972

03/04/10 7:30 PM
Re: The Welsh and Irish Bows (reply)
Thanks for that useful information Craig. The Franks used man sized bows? Were these Yew longbows or what kind of weapons were they? They must have been man tall, correct? What type of bows did the Domesticus Dodo provide to his...
Archery: Historical replication

africansky1972

03/04/10 2:24 PM
Re: Are there any bowyers that suffer from yew poisining? (reply)
It seem a lot safer to make one's bow of Oak, Elm or Ash. LOL
Archery - Primitive Bows

africansky1972

03/04/10 11:13 AM
Re: The Welsh and Irish Bows (reply)
Hi Craig, Thanks for that very useful information. Am I correct that you are of the opinion that the Irish used a man tall "Longbow" throughout their history and that short bows were not used by the Irish? Pedro
Archery: Historical replication

africansky1972

03/04/10 11:11 AM
Re: Is it all too late ? (reply)
I believe that Sycamore was used by the Native Americans for bows. Where do you live? You can fashion the bow into a rough bow shape and then clamp it to a bow form or long plank. The wood being thinner then dries much more rapidly....
Archery - Primitive Bows

africansky1972

03/03/10 8:44 PM
Re: Gerald Cambrensis: His books online (reply)
I was able to download the plain text version of Cambrensis's discription of Wales but no luck with the 'Conquest of Wales.' Cn anyone help with a link to a downloadable version of Cambrensis's Conquest of Wales translation?
Archery - Primitive Bows

africansky1972

03/02/10 6:13 PM
Re: The Welsh and Irish Bows (reply)
I believe the following book has a good deal of information about the history and Exploitation of Yew in the British Isles and Continental Europe.  Has anyone on paleoplanet read it?Hageneder, F. Yew: A History. Sutton Publishing,...
Archery: Historical replication

africansky1972

03/01/10 10:55 PM
Re: Bowyery in South Africa (reply)
Johnny het jy toe Black Locust in die hande kon kry? Waarom wys jy nie vir ons een of twee van jou houtboe nie? Ek sal graag wil sien want jy is baie meer ervare as meeste van ons kerels. Pedro
Archery - Composite Bows

africansky1972

03/01/10 8:11 PM
Re: The Welsh and Irish Bows (reply)
Craig, Your surname is Beckett, correct? You have made it clear that your personal opinion is that the Welsh used longbows. You also stated that the English cleared tracks of land along which the advanced into Wales during the...
Archery: Historical replication

africansky1972

03/01/10 7:45 PM
Re: The Welsh and Irish Bows (reply)
I am trying to get in touch with Andy Halpin...lets see if he can provide any more sources about Irish archery.
Archery: Historical replication

africansky1972

03/01/10 8:47 AM
Re: wood source relocation (reply)
I believe 3rivers archery sells bow kits: http://www.3riversarchery...s_c49_s201_p0_thumb.html The best option is to ask a landowner if you could cut some wood, many folks are quite helpful and will allow you to cut wood if they...
Archery - Primitive Bows

africansky1972

03/01/10 7:27 AM
Re: wood source relocation (reply)
What are you looking for, bow staves or boards? Where do you live? Why don't you cut your own wood....it costs nothing. Pedro
Archery - Primitive Bows

africansky1972

02/28/10 10:59 PM
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