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Bows and Arrows: Crafting the Traditional Longbow & 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.Each arrow includes a 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.

Materials fee includes stave, string, utilization of specialized tools, arrow point/feathers, and pre-course preparation. String is made using 16 strands of B-50 Dacron. Coaching on basic intuitive shooting techniques will be included. Applications of finish and grip materials will be covered in class, allowing the students to focus on the finishing aspect at their leisure.  Previous woodworking experience helpful.

Session Information

Early Bird Discount

Register before May 28, 2021 to receive a $30 early bird discount


Please Note: North House is looking forward to hosting this course on campus in the safest way possible.  Students must participate in a daily health screening and temperature check, agree to wear a mask at all times on campus, and to practice social distancing of 6 feet, as well as adhere to other safety protocols in some cases, regardless of their vaccination status. See the full details of our COVID-19 protocols here.


Fri, Jul 9th, 2021  –  Sun, Jul 11th, 2021

Course Details

Hours: 9am - 5pm
Tuition: $315.00
Materials fee: $260.00