The EWBS Livery Arrow is a faithful representation a typical military arrow found onboard the wreck of the Mary Rose.
Livery Arrow Weight: 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”
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” 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.
Arrow descriptions: Jeremy Spencer. Images: Hilary Greenland