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EWBS Livery Arrow Specifications

Details of the EWBS Livery Arrow
written for the EWBS by Jeremy Spencer (reprinted here with permission)

The EWBS Livery Arrow is a faithful representation of a typical military arrow found onboard the wreck of the Mary Rose.
Minimum weight 980grains (63.5g)

A horn reinforced self-nock (reinforcement approximately 2”) must be used. A slot depth of around ¼" is suggested. The nock does not need to be further reinforced with bindings but this may be advisable for longevity and safety.

Any shaft wood found on board the Mary Rose is acceptable. These include ash, birch, oak and most commonly aspen or poplar. Either a torpedo or bob-tailed shaft profile is acceptable.
Minimum shaft diameter at the shoulder 1/2”
Minimum shaft diameter at the nock 3/8”
Minimum Shaft length (bottom of nock to shoulder) 30 ½”

Livery Arrow

Fletchings must be cut in a triangular pattern. The rear edge must be cut at an angle of (or near) 90 degrees to the shaft. The corner may be radiused. Turkey is acceptable.
Minimum length 7 3/8”
Minimum height 5/8”

The fletchings must be bound on at a minimum of 4 turns per inch. Red silk is preferred but linen is acceptable. Verdigris compound is not required over the bindings but may be used.

A Hand forged Tudor bodkin must be used.

Livery Head

The Canadian Warbow Society uses specifications with permission from the English Warbow Society (www.englishwarbowsociety.com).