Now, with time to indulge in more hobbies, I am planning to make another, but I want this one to be smaller and look more like a museum piece rather than a re-enactment weapon. I started to research some genuine pieces and am trying to decide which one......or which combination of designs.......I am going to attempt to make. Here are the candidates:
1: mostly wood but with an elegant profile.
2: Ivory and wood arbalest......but difficult to make out the detail.
3. Beautiful but intricate carving...... this would take some time.
4: Very nice but a bit too reminiscent of the one I already made.
5. A bit stocky, but still nice.
6. A strong contender......but not a definite.
7. A beautiful, but mostly ivory, piece.
8. Again a lot of carving, but........wow. I particularly like the shape of the butt.
9. A nice blend of wood and ivory......the side design would be very difficult to replicate, but worth the effort. I don't like the exaggerated hook to the trigger mechanism though.
Each has a charm I appreciate, and each has its own set of creative challenges, but overall I feel like a "kid in a candy store" with these possibilities and have bounced from one to the next with equal enthusiasm......only to go back to another, and then another. I can't even claim a leading contender because as soon as I think I have one, I see something in another that lures me away.
One departure that is definite is that those shown which are true 'arbalests' (having a steel rather than wooden 'bow') would only be used as inspiration for the body of my weapon, since I am not going to use steel. I also find myself leaning to designs with both ivory and wood.....but almost all have that to some degree.