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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)

Nock:
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.

Shaft:
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:
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”

Bindings:
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.

Head:
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).