|This is me behind the Hawthorn. Must have been his on the left!|
It has the most beautiful scent to it, not of rotting seaweed but of what ever it was they used to tan the leather. It's utterly unique, no other leather smells like this. I can only describe it as like linseed oil mixed with birch resin and warmed beeswax.. hmm... that just doesn't do it justice!
The colour of it just so happens to be my favourite colour, the colour of deep wine coloured hawthorn berries and has a diamond pattern on it. I had no idea leather could be so beautiful!
Learn all about the history of the leather and how it is recovered from the ocean here, it's fascinating: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life_and_style/article1040732.ece
The bow had it's first outing a couple of weeks ago, at this years Robert Hardy Roving Marks shoot with the Medieval Society. It's the second time we've been and yet again we had a great day. Chris showed it to Robert Hardy who looked it over and after a while Roberts' face lit up and he said "now that's the way to treat a pin"! Robert is a very well respected expert in the longbow, as well as an actor in Harry Potter! Check out his book, it's a bible! Longbow: A Social and Military History
Thank you Chris and Leo for creating me such a strong and beautiful longbow. It's my treasure and already it is an extension of me when I fire, improving my shot a million fold!