Making a Heavy Whitewood Longbow

by Jaro Petrina Altough there are numerous written accounts on the procurement and usage of non-yew bows in medieval england – no original examples exist today. We do not know if the shape and dimensions of such a bow differed from the yew bow, to utilise the best properties of the wood, and neither do […]

EWBS Tudor Livery Arrow

The Shaft Although many types of wood where employed to make MR arrow shafts, aspen or poplar were the most common (much to Ascham’s chagrin as he preferred ash for war arrows). Therefore, poplar was used for the exemplar. However, a variety of indigenous hardwoods were obviously acceptable, as shown by the wide range found […]

The EWBS Quarter Pound Arrow

Construction and specifications, by Jeremy Spencer The EWBS Quarter Pound Arrow is a representation of a heavy military arrow used to penetrate armour. It is similar to those that were shot during the Hundred Years War. Minimum weight 1/4lb (113.4g) Nock: A horn reinforced self-nock (reinforcement approximately 2”). A slot depth of around ¼” is […]

Weapon of War

The English War Bow was the weapon used to great effect by the armies of the English Plantagenet and Tudor kings. In the hands of English and Welsh archers it came to dominate the European battlefield for most of the late medieval age and defined some of the greatest achievements in England’s military history.  It […]