Bowyer's float (Period)

Bowyer’s float (Period)

A float, or flote, is a bowyer’s tool, a multi-bladed wood shave used to shape the bow.  It’s a period charge, used as a badge by Oldhalle, 1457 [Hope2 182], and in the arms of the Worshipful Company of Bowyers, 1488 [Bromley & Child 25].  The float has its handle to chief by default.  See also plane.

Domhnall Ó Catháin bears:  Per pale azure and sable, a griffin segreant and on a chief dovetailed argent two floats gules.

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