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Bows and Arrows: Crafting the Traditional Long Bow & Arrow Making

Course Overview

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.

Dates

Fri, Jul 26th, 2019  –  Sun, Jul 28th, 2019

Course Details

Length: 3 Days
Skill Levels: All Levels
Hours: 9am-5pm
Intergenerational age: 12+
Registration Cost: $545.00
Includes materials fee of $260.00

Required Tools

You will need the following tools for this class:

  • 12' tape measure
  • pencils
  • sharp knife
  • cloth gardening gloves
  • clothes that can get dirty

Optional Tools

  • carpenter's scapers
  • drawknife

More Information

Once registered, students will receive a confirmation email with further class information. Please call us if you haven't received it within 24 hours.

Waiting List

The course Bows and Arrows: Crafting the Traditional Long Bow & Arrow Making Fri, Jul 26th, 2019  –  Sun, Jul 28th, 2019 is full.

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