Bows and Arrows: Crafting the Traditional Long Bow & Arrow Making
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.
You will need the following tools for this class:
- 12' tape measure
- sharp knife
- cloth gardening gloves
- clothes that can get dirty
- carpenter's scapers
Once registered, students will receive a confirmation email with further class information. Please call us if you haven't received it within 24 hours.