Welsh holly record bow

holly full draw

Notes

Draw weight 104 lbs @ 30"
Bow dimensions as follows:-
Centre section - 36mm wide x 33mm deep, 79.5 " nock to nock
Cow horn side nocks - 1/2" diameter at the base, 1 1/2" internal cone
Specific gravity of the wood 0.75
Finished with linseed oil, rosin and bees wax
Tiller to full compass
String:-
British henp 60 strand 3-ply string, bees wax, 4mm diameter
Linen serving

In the ‘Calendar of Patent Roles’ of 1396 – 1399, the Welsh marcher castle armoury of Chirk listed missile weapons of “divers bows of yew, holly, part of 2 catapults, arrows and cross-bows of no value” This document puts holly, yew and wych elm as bow woods categorically used in Wales in the middle ages.

Welsh holly warbow contour gauge
Roughed out stave
Welsh holly warbow

(Left)
Roughed out stave
(Centre)
Finished bow
holding
the same profile
with little set
(Right)
Fallow deer
antler side nocks

Welsh holly warbowantler side nocks

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