This course takes students through the step-by-step process of crafting a wooden longbow, wooden-shafted arrow and bow string. To facilitate learning about constructing a traditional bow, students start with a rough-cut stave of hickory. Bows are backed with flax-fiber linen. Arrows include field point and feathers. String is made using the traditional Flemish twist technique. Throughout the course participants learn the basics of working wood with a drawknife, carpenter's scraper and other traditional hand tools. Class discussion includes design theory, different bow shapes, and the art of tillering a bow (getting it to bend correctly). As time and weather permit, students will practice shooting techniques on campus.
Fri, Jul 27th, 2018 – Sun, Jul 29th, 2018
Length: 3 Days
Skill Levels: All Levels
Intergenerational age: 12+
* Early-Bird rate in effect until Fri, Jun 15th, 2018
Includes materials fee of $260.00
You will need the following tools for this class:
12′ tape measure
cloth gardening gloves
clothes that can get dirty
Once registered, students will receive a confirmation packet in the mail that may offer additional optional tool recommendations and suggested reading.