[Ansteorra] [Ansteorra-archery] keep-it-fun-advice-from-a-pre-renaissance-man

Doug Copley doug.copley at gmail.com
Thu Sep 23 06:07:31 PDT 2010

Actually we have one of these in the north, it is in Eldern Hills. Using 
a cam shaft as mentioned with paddles that come out to the front, 
Styrofoam heads like they use for wigs on the end of the paddle so that 
the heads go up and down. the cam and stand were protected with a foam 
wall in front of it so that the wall came up just high enough so that 
when the head was up it was completely visible and when it was down it 
was completely out of sight.

It was operated by rope that was wound on a drum and the puller of the 
rope was behind the archers so that he was safe.

The whole thing worked very good and was quite entertaining to watch and 
try to shoot.


On 9/23/2010 7:49 AM, mikea wrote:
> On Wed, Sep 22, 2010 at 03:17:36PM -0500, Chris Zakes wrote:
>> At 01:10 PM 9/22/2010, you wrote:
>>> On Wed, Sep 22, 2010 at 11:05:43AM -0700, Steve Scott (Dietrich) wrote:
>>> http://wildcat.arizona.edu/wildlife/keep-it-fun-advice-from-a-pre-renaissance-man-1.1640716
>>>> Cool archery gadget!!!
>>> Yes, indeed.
>>> Now, since electric motors and whatnot aren't exactly period, we need a
>>> servant to do the work. Hmmmm ... something involving ropes, maybe?
>> How about a crank with a long axle, and various oddly-shaped cams on
>> it to make the "knaves" move up and down at unpredictable intervals?
> That's a possibility, but that gives only vertical motion, and friction
> could be a problem (use casters on the cam followers?). Attaching the
> target post to another crank would give side-to-side motion as well as
> vertical motion, and might end up being more easily packed when
> disassembled.
> The crankshaft would have to be downrange, though, which presents a
> safety problem. Maybe a pavise for the operator? As a marshal, I'm not
> sure I'd approve the arrangement. More thought is required.

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