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Stringing the Chinese Bow
by M.B.
From: The Archer's Register for 1904-1905, pp. 279,
Edited by H. Walrond

The most difficult and capricious instrument of Archery is the Chinese Bow, the largest of the Central Asiatic type, and big brother of the Turkish Bow, which is the smallest of that type.

To string it requires a procedure that is not quite easy, as you have to overcome a very strong reflexity. The string has two symmetrical and very long loops, hanging loosely over the ends of the bow. Hook the one loop into the one nock and secure it with the right hand, holding it upwards to the right. Then you step with the whole length of your right leg between string and bow, put the under end of the bow over your left knee, press with the right leg against the reflexity, and pull with both hands forward until you get with the under loop down to the lower nock to insert it.

This method of stringing is of historic interest, as it is pictured on antique vases. Perhaps even the Bow of Ulysses had to be strung identically.

Stringing the Chinese Bow
Stringing a Chinese Bow