It all began with a Geneva Bible at St Ives last year. The 1560 edition, to be precise. That's the first one with the numbered verses and the Roman typeface and wonderfully seditious marginal notes. You may know of it as the “Breeches Bible”. I was holding out for a “Wicked Bible”, but the price was too … Continue reading Making a spectacle…
Please forgive the delay, it's been a rough 12 months. This was to have been about the finishing, at the end of the last part I'd finished hollowing and joined the parts together. Well... early in the new year we had a run of days in the mid- to high 40s* (probably high-50s in the … Continue reading The Nydam Quiver – part 2a
In part 1, I'd stopped just after splitting the turned quiver into two parts. From this point, it's just a matter of removing all the bits where arrows should go. I'm using a gouge, first with a mallet driving it along the grain, followed by hand propelling. I sneak up on the final thickness with … Continue reading The Nydam Quiver – part 2
Those of you who have stumbled over my other blog may have seen the series of posts on my reconstruction of a leather quiver from the Danish town of Hedeby. This series is on the reconstruction of a 4th century wooden quiver from Nydam Mose, Southern Jutland, Denmark. The standard reference for the quivers is … Continue reading The Nydam Quiver – part 1
I was handed a bodger-made mallet that was made from green wood and had shrunk so badly that both hoops had fallen off in the space of a couple of years. This new mallet (technically a beetle) is using the old iron hoops off that old one. It's made from a 35+ year old fence post so … Continue reading Hammer time!
This book combines three of the better known 17th century archery texts under one cover, along with a short essay by Fox introducing each text and setting the military and social context. The first standard text is William Neade's Double Armed Man (1625), the second the anonymous A New Invention of Shooting Fire-Shafts in Long-bowes (1628) and … Continue reading Book Review: ET Fox – Military Archery in the Seventeenth Century