There are just two teams in a competition, with up to fifty archers in each. This is a basic reference for Turkish bowmaking and shooting. Maenchen-Helfen Berkley, offers interesting material for those who like to read lessons from history. The 'home' team following in a bus behind us. The forward movement of the bow-limb of one crossbow whips out a chock which triggers the firing of the adjacent one. There is also a narrow box with a hinged lid and a chain suspension for storing arrows. The Koreans use a completely different method for stringing and fixing twists in their horn bows.
They came back with the exciting news that the bow was a special one made by one of Japan's leading recent bowyers, Higo Saburo. The away team encounters traction problems. The Mongols characteristically pay close attention to minutest of details. With the young archers watching, I helped her to set up a shot and fire two arrows. In the workshop in my father's day there were three or four people working on the bows, and then a number of people working on the decoration. Yet the Old Mongolian bow was incomparably superior to everything seen in the West.
I will not claim copyright on them. Turkish bows are generally shorter flight bows were about 44" betw. There are also two craftsmen who used to make traditional bows, but have stopped due to lack of the proper materials. Later I shall put up an article on the crossbow culture of Southwestern China. Painted cicada design from the siyah of the bow.
Lateral view of the reinforcement. The four specimens I have examined both new and antique are all made with horn recycled from older bows. It is made up partly from silk bowstring and partly from rigid bamboo straps. The Yumi the Japanese multicurved seven foot plus long bow The South Indian Beloved bow of the gods of India in classic double recurve design. Three years to finish. Naturally, the bow has to be glued together.