Method of Construction

Constructed by: Emily L. Nichols

This wooden crossbow is constructed out of ash. The body consists of two sturdy beams separated by spacers. The cross, which goes through the front of the body, is a thinner piece of ash that is shaped and notched so it will bend under pressure. I used nylon masonry twine to sting the bow instead of the historically accurate catgut or waxed linen. The trigger pivots on a dowel in the center of the weapon. A stirrup on the front of the bow allows the person to anchor the bow while pulling the string back to the notch in the trigger. The person then lays a quarrel, or arrow, in the groove in front of the trigger; releasing the trigger fires the arrow.

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