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Kopite22

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Hi guys 

just after a little advice on some dimension now there are many flatbows out there but I am wanting to make an Viking style what dimension am I looking for in the Limbs for example size of fade outs start of tapers. Hope you can point me in the right direction thanks in adevance 
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Seems like an interesting project.  Can you show some illustrations of viking bows?
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Based on the historical data that I have Viking bows did not have fades as we know them. They were simply full length bending D style bows with slightly stiffened handle sections similar to the English longbow.

The samples that I have information on ranged in length from 69"-74" with single string notches on the right side of the top limb. They were typically from 1.5" to 2.5" wide at the widest point in the center and tapered in a straight line to the nocks.

Additionally, as with many other European cultures there seemed to be a distinction between hunting bows and bows used for war with war bows being of heavier draw weight.
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It's worth pointing out that very few examples exist of the Norse design for bows. Few were ever used in combat. Hunting was the main use for our Norse brothers. The holmgaard bow followed a very interesting design going about 2" at the lower limb and 1" to .5" at the tip. These were also reverse tillers bows.  What you will discover is that these designs are extremely rugged in performance.  Stable as all get out. There speed is average. 

I feel I must point out how ever that the only European bow that followed the d shape curve with bend in the handle was the beloved English long bow made from yew. The reason for this lies in the grain . Second string woods or white woods which ash falls into are not the most comfortable at such slim conditions.  If you look at the Holmgaard bow you will notice it has very distinct fades at the handle. An amazing peice of history. You will also find that tillers tillering in #90 is quite easy. (To easy) this has to do with so much width left in the bow. 

Hope you find this helpful

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I had one of my projects a Holmegaard bow - but with everything around I sent the project on the pile of "to do later" lists

But here is a nice tutorial for it

http://www.bushcraftdays.com/how-to-carve-a-holmegaard-bow/

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I had one of my projects a Holmegaard bow - but with everything around I sent the project on the pile of "to do later" lists

But here is a nice tutorial for it

http://www.bushcraftdays.com/how-to-carve-a-holmegaard-bow/
  

 

 

Wonderful collaboration, I will make mine and then I will show how it is.

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