Tag: archery

The Nydam Quiver – part 2

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


Book Review: ET Fox – Military Archery in the Seventeenth Century

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

In a spin about fletch wrapping

At most find-sites that have arrows there will be a non-equal mix of S- and Z-wrap on the bindings. The dig report will assert that left-handed fletchers were responsible for those that aren't the majority direction arrow binding, probably without mentioning whether it's the Z- or S- that they are talking about. I can't find where it … Continue reading In a spin about fletch wrapping

Archery, 1645 style

Peasants at Archery, David Teniers the Younger, 1645. Click to zoom in and have a look around. There's enough detail to see that the bows are made from a single stick using the heartwood and sapwood to best effect. The two figures shooting appear to have early recurves with handle binding, the limbs may be spliced within the handle. These … Continue reading Archery, 1645 style

The Black Tapestry of Zamora

The Black Tapestry of Zamora

The Black Tapestry is the one surviving member of a theoretical series of tapestries illustrating Roman history. This one depicts four scenes of  the history of the Roman king Tarquin the Elder (c 616-c 578 BC). Most likely woven in Brussels around 1425, it is now on display in the museum at the Cathedral of Zamora, Spain, possibly … Continue reading The Black Tapestry of Zamora