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Bow making

Bow making

About the Course

Europe had a long history of making primitive bows. The earliest remains of bows in western Europe date back over 6000 years. Our ancestors faced the same challenges of working wood to acheive a shooting bow using only hand tools. They were able to fashion excellent hunting bows using flint knives and scrapers. To aid our students we use modern hand tools but the basic skills remain the same. in 3 days you will make a European Self Bow out of an Ash log.

During the weekend we will cover:

*Bow Design and the history of bow making through the ages.
*learn how to choose and prepare wood
*use simple hand tools to produce a primitive bow from a roughly split stave
*learn to achieve a good tiller
*make flemish twist laid in string from natural hemp
*make at least one feather fletched self knocked arrow
*learn how to finish the bow to make sure is has a the longest possible life
*learn a little about keeping edged tools fettled
*look at some self and laminated bow designs and materials

Our bow maker will guide you through the rough shaping with an axe; carving with drawknives, spokeshaves and planes; and finishing with rasps and scrapers. He will help you to recognise where to remove wood and advise on how to handle any character in the wood.

The aim is that you will leave with a bow that is strung and shooting. You will need to do some finishing after you have taken the bow away.

Duration of course 10am Friday until Sunday afternoon. Max Number of Students 6

Previous students may wish to produce a bow using laminates. This can be arranged with prior agreement.

Course Leaders Wayne Jones & David Sinfield -

David and Wayne have been making bows and arrows for the past 15 years and between them have crafted hundreds of Bows using traditional and more modern techniques to create beautiful and effective bows. During our time experimenting with bow making using a huge variety of woods we have experienced success and had the occasional failure. Each experience has taught us something new giving us a depth of knowledge to ensure our clients have the best possible experience making their own bow.

If you will be redeeming a CraftCourses gift voucher on this course, the voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

All meals provided during your course. We pride ourselves on the quality of our catering. You won’t go hungry.

All equipment and materials to create your bow.


Wayne at Forest Knights
26 Markfield
Bognor Regis
West Sussex
PO22 9HN
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