Horn Nocks They finish of the bow nicely and give it some valued protection.

What are nocks?  Well, as far as Victorian bows are concerned, they are generally made from Buffalo horn or Cow horn, as you can see from the above picture we start off with the raw horn and fashion it until we are happy with the shape and finish.  The nocks have many uses, not only do they look pretty, but they also protect the wood which can be very thin at the ends, particularly Yew which is a very soft wood.  People are in the habit of resting their bow on the ground, much as might a walking stick, whilst having a chat, this means dirt and moisture can soon damage the bottom of the bow and the string, again, nocks can help with this.  Horn being more dense than wood it can lengthen the life of a bow, a string groove can become larger over time if simply cut into the wood.  Nocks also give you the opportunity to give your bow some flare, make it distinct from your neighbours, some people carve them into elaborate shapes and mythical beasts, whatever takes your fancy.  The type of shape seen above is Victorian in pattern, there is a reason for its shape, take a look at the next few videos and hopefully you will learn all you need to about nocks.

So, now you have a better idea of why we use that shape of nock, you dont have to do it that way if you dont want to, but its historically correct for the type of Victorian English Longbow we are making, lets look next at how we fit the nock to a bow...

One of the questions we get asked about fitting nocks is in regards to laminations, do they all need to `fit` inside the nock, we take a look at this problem in the next video...

Now the `arty` bit, this is where you get to express yourself, here is the way I carve a nock, it takes lots of patience and practice!

You are going to need to add some string grooves to your nocks, again, this can be tricky to get right and it makes many people nervous, take it slow, follow the tips in this video...