Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Tri Lam English Longbow - Archerybowman Product Review.




Arrived home yesterday to a door knocker from Canada Post informing me that my longbow purchase was awaiting pickup at the local post office kiosk. Needless to say it did not take long before it was in my possession.




PACKAGING


Purchased from the Ebay store Archerybowman I was very impressed with the packaging. The bow was shipped in a heavy duty round cardboard tube complete with plastic end plugs.


The bow itself was well wrapped in plastic within the tube with extra padding added to the horn nocks,



THE REVEAL




Very impressive packaging. Took some time to remove the bow from the plastic wrap but it certainly created a sense of anticipation as the longbow was revealed beginning with the first horn nock and a first peek at the laminations...




The deer skin and sinew handle wrap and the handwritten bow specs (55#@28 and 63#@31)


Eventually the second horn nock....





THE STRINGING


The bow came complete with a bow stringer. I know there are traditional ways to string longbows without the use of a stringer but why tempt fate and a twisted limb? Since the horn nock came complete with the second groove for use with the bow stringer I opted for the safe choice.






THE REVIEW


This is an absolutely beautiful 68" bow. The bamboo backing, jotoba centre and hickory belly laminations are smooth and blend seamlessly into the horn nocks. The deer skin and sinew wrap feels great in the hand and is very well done. The B50 Flemish twist string is a shade of chocolate brown and complements the bow, specifically the jotoba core and ipe strike plates. A stunning example of a (modern) English Long Bow.




THE SHOOT - August 18 2016






In the midst of a very hot dry summer there was a Nova Scotia forest travel ban in place due to the substantial increased risk of wild fires. As a result I had to be patient and wait for rainfall. Mother Nature obliged yesterday so off to the woods I went with longbow in hand this morning.


Bow strung and ready to go....




This is a nice bow right from the first draw and release. Plain and simple. Comfortable in the draw and powerful in the release.






 The bow sent arrows down range fast and accurate. I was consistent with my groupings right from the beginning of my shoot(at 25 yards)....









This bow felt awesome in the hand. Little to none hand shock compared to what I am accustomed too with some of my other bows. I was loosing bamboo arrows with a generic spine suitable for bows between 40 - 60 pounds. They flew true and accurate.




 I should now purchase specific spine weighted arrows for this bow just to see if there is any difference in performance. That said I really like bamboo arrows....they are tough as nails and relatively cheap compared to traditional cedar arrows and work quite well with this bow.






THE  RATING


Get one! If you are looking for an affordable modern version of an English longbow this is a winner. If you are in North America support an American bowyer. The 100% feedback on the Ebay store does not lie. Very nice craftsmanship and performance.

(Note - I`m a self taught archer who prefers simple traditional off the knuckle archery. I do not profess to be an expert nor qualified in technical aspects of the sport....just my opinion.)





Sidebar - Christened the new bow with a post shoot ale in the solitude of the woods. Love this bow.



Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Tri Laminated English Longbow

Having sold some of my surplus cycling gear and parts I decided to complete my traditional archery collection with the purchase of an English longbow. Traditional archery, especially in a historical context, has always been a favorite subject and nothing speaks history like the venerable longbow.






As an "off the knuckle" archer I had acquired an American flatbow, Hungarian and Mongolian horsebows but was missing a traditional D shaped longbow. Traditionally the best bows were crafted from Yew but it is now a rare and expensive wood. Modern bowyer techniques can reproduce the special qualities of yew through the use of lamination. They still adhere to the rules of the English Longbow Society but are built using modern methods and materials.


Opted to pick up a tri laminated "68" inch longbow from Ebay seller Archery Bowman, an American based bowyer with excellent feedback...



The description is as follows.....


"This bow is made with a touch of recurve giving it much more cast and very little, if any, string follow. Made with a barrel tapered Moso bamboo backing a Jatoba center core and an White Hickory belly. Custom buffalo horn tips, right and left handed  Ipe strike plates, a deer skin and sinew handle wrap and finished with clear polyurethane. Conforms to all specs from the English Longbow Society for Proper Longbows...."


Cost of the longbow along with shipping to Canada came it at about $278 CDN which is very competitive in the longbow market. Unless Canada Post goes on strike(union is currently in labor negotiations) I should have the longbow no later than the second week of August.


Stay tuned........

Monday, July 25, 2016

A Trio Of Misery; Allergies, Strains and Gluten?

To say it has been a challenging summer is an understatement to say the least. That said I think I have things sorted out for the most part.


Pollen season has ended in Nova Scotia and is it a coincidence that I am feeling much better? Sinuses, upper chest, ears and throat finally feel normal. Not sure why I would develop a late life allergy to pollen but it sure looks like it happened? Ragweed season usually begins in September so lets hope for the best come Fall.


I`ve been having stomach issues but think it might be two actual problems causing some confusion. My symptoms have been bloating, discomfort, aches and just weird "feelings" in my belly.


 I suspect I actually may have a abdominal/oblique strain from pushing some heavy weight at the gym of late. Located in the upper right quadrant near the bottom of the ribcage. That would explain post cycling/lifting pain and a deep ache in the area radiating down the right oblique muscle. Cycling ice and heat along with topical ointments I am able to relieve my symptoms. To fully heal it requires rest so I`m trying to limit my cycling to my MTB as it is more of a relaxed upright geometry which is easier on my torso. No strength training either. That is the drag of abdominal injuries - pretty much everything, including breathing, works the abdominals. Definitely need to get it sorted before ball hockey starts again in September.


Along with the aches was the bloating, discomfort and odd feelings that might just be a gluten sensitivity?
Its summer and, in hinesite, I`ve been eating sandwiches steady the last month or so. Too hot/lazy to cook. Brought some sprouted grains breads thinking they are better than normal bread. Truth be told they do offer more nutrition but still have gluten and other anti-nutrients. I even found myself eating muffins at work of late....something I never usually do. Also began drinking beer again. On a hot day having cold beer is awesome but it always gives me a bloated feeling. I don`t think I`m intolerant to gluten but have some sensitivity that leads me to a "tipping" point. That would explain the symptoms I have been experiencing so I am going gluten free. As of this writing I am three days free and feeling much better. After an elimination period I will see how I feel and may reintroduce grains to see if my issues return. Or maybe not - if I feel good I might not even bother.


Going to give myself the month of August to see if I can get my issues sorted. If they remain despite my efforts its off to the doctor`s office. I`m getting old so discretion is the better half of valor.