I contacted a friend, Hugh Soar of England, who is a author of several books on archery history. I asked him about straw targets and this was his response.Message 1 of 11 , Aug 17, 2012View SourceI contacted a friend, Hugh Soar of England, who is a author of several books on archery history. I asked him about straw targets and this was his response."Concerning the straw targets there is some ambiguity. Portable targets are mentioned in the Rules for the Scorton Arrow Meeting and these date from 1673. There is also an earlier reference in the 1652 Rules for the Eleven Score Target prepared by the Stewards of the Society of Finsbury Archers. However, straw targets are not specifically mentioned. It is possible, even likely that these were in use, although light portable targets of canvas were also used in the 18th century and it may be that these were intended."So there is some evidence of portable targets which may have also been used in very late period. But no proof of their actual construction.Jon
Johann, Saunders Matts actually should get wet every now and then. It is part of their regular maintenance should it not happen naturally. They should not beMessage 1 of 11 , Aug 21, 2012View SourceJohann,
Saunders Matts actually should get wet every now and then. It is part of their regular maintenance should it not happen naturally. They should not be allowed to totally dry out. It extends their life.
That said, we are moving towards recycled foam up here in Lions Gate as Jaqueline points out in another.
--- In SCA-Archery@yahoogroups.com, "JDS" <ren.touch@...> wrote:
> Hail Archers
> A few of our groups have made butts of various foams
> mostly closed cell.
> (with a little styro here and there in non target area)
> ( whole thing wrapped in pallet wrap )
> throw A burlap cover over that and you have a target butt
> that weather is no issue to.
> Other than weather being bad enough
> to discourage the archers.
> Looks rather like a stack of hay bales.
> I DO like the Look of Saunders mats.
> I my self an not over fond of Saunders mats and stands.
> they are heavy ,awkward,should not get wet or stay wet.
> the stands are bother some to move& store ,
> they catch & break arrows of this of us that do
> not always hit the Target area
> (encourages us to do better ,right?)
> I personally think that the "foam bales stack " say 2-3 foot wide by 3-4 foot high. serve Us better With less issues
> I made some that were 4 foot ish high by 6-7 foot wide
> It sped up practice and events as you did not shoot
> through the cracks. One person could lift the equivalent
> of 3 stacks of hay . 2 People was even easier.
> so also quicker set up and tear down.
> Your Mileage may vary
> Shoot Fun
> An Tir