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Rick Yonker

White Bear Lake, MN
North House Folk School photo of instructor, Rick Yonker

Rick has been tinkering with wood for many years. He has also been bowhunting and doing recreational archery since 1980. In 1995 he began learning the craft of building traditional longbows. He has taken several classes and taught many others how to build their own wooden bows. Rick managed his own bow building business called Kickapoo Valley Longbows for several years. Now a high school teacher, Rick lives in White Bear Lake with his lovely wife Sue, three beautiful daughters, and his cat Honey.

Current Courses Offered by Rick Yonker

3 Days
Teaser image for Bows and Arrows: Crafting the Traditional Long Bow & Arrow Making

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.Each arrow includes a field point and feathers. String is made…
Fri, Jul 31st, 2020  –  Sun, Aug 2nd, 2020
9am-5pm
Instructor: Rick Yonker