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EWBS Welsh Class Arrow Specifications

Construction and specifications
written for the EWBS by
Jaroslav Petrina (reprinted here with permission)

All arrows are to be armed with a recognised Museum of London Type 10 short bodkin profile, which is to be set on in such a way that the length of the arrow will be measured from the base of the nock to the end of the socket taper, with a maximum of 1” of the tip or point protruding beyond this limit. From this constraint, no arrow shall be allowed in competition any shorter than 30”, and no longer than32”. This is to reduce the amount of overdraw that is available to the competitor, as drawing beyond this constraint could increase the poundage of the bow beyond the 110lb limit – or alter its efficiency.

The shaft dimensions shall be no less than 3/8” (9.5mm), and no greater than 7/16” (11mm) in diameter at any given point along the length of the arrowshaft. All shaft profiles are to be either parallel, barrelled or of the bob tailed design. Chested profile arrows are not to be allowed, as these are principally a Victorian clout design. The minimum weight of the arrow is to be 52g, and the shaft shall be made from any native and indigenous European wood chosen by the competitor.
Fletchings are to be no shorter than 7” in length, and to be cut no lower than ½”, with all profiles conforming to the established long low triangular “Standard Arrow” specification. All fletchings are to be taken from goose, swan or any other bird that was available to European fletchers in the 13th and 14th Centuries.

A cow or ox horn sliver (of 2” in length) may be used to protect the nock if so desired, but all fletchings must be whipped with a natural thread, and to the EWBS Livery arrow specifications.

Welsh Class Arrow

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