Topic: Manchu thumb ring problems
Hi. Can anyone help on the subject of Manchu thumb rings? I bought a horn ring from China at a reasonable price and thought I'd give it a go because I read that a guy called Dekker recommended the use for Chinese types bows. Obviously it might just be the case that it was ill suited for Korean bows. Which is what I had in mind.
The ring diameter was 22 mm, too tight for me. After some expanding with sand paper it was still tight but kind of ok. Not wanting to go too wide seemed a good idea.
I studied http://mandarinmansion.com/articles/Usi … Dekker.pdf and tried to twist the thumb hand clockwise to hold on for dear life, then release turning in the other direction. Sometimes this went ok. Sometimes though the release caused the ring to fly off.
Last time this happened the ring flew into a wall (shooting inside our house) and cracked on one side. It has been glued back together but this hurdle is frustratingly high for me. I haven't a clue. Is this just practice needed or can anyone offer some insights?