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Re: (TFT) Re: Dodging arrows
> I'm guessing the self bow's tolerance for moisture was pretty important to
> the English. The classic way to waterproof wood is varnish but you can't
> that with wood that bends so composite bows were always vulnerable to
> water. Hence composite bows being more common in dry places.
I'm not sure I'm understanding your statements. All wood in bows bends, so
I'm not sure the varnish statement makes sense. But it is true that most,
if not all, composite bowes were made with the animal glues of the time,
which do weaken when moist. Still, that didn't stop the Japanese, who are
from e relatively warm and moist climate (but they also had a lot of self
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