Spend two days in an Ancient woodland nature reserve and learn how to make your very own Longbow to take home. Using only traditional tools and devices. Using Ash you will learn how to craft and manipulate it into one of the most important weapons in English history. You will also learn the history of the longbow as you work as well as learn about Ancient woodlands and associated wildlife.
A relaxed weekend with the opportunity to get away from it all and connect with nature. Your tutor has been teaching green wood work and longbow making for over 10 years and is always on hand to help.
You will learn how to make the bow string too and have the opportunity to shoot your bow at the end of the course.
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 tools and equipment are included, as well as a campfire, compost toilet and even camping within the workshop.
All you need is to bring food, and you can use the campfire or large BBQ.
Tea/ coffee and snacks are also provided.
Tony Saunders at Ynot coppice
27 Dearden Close Grange over Sands, Grange-Over-Sands Cumbria LA11 7HJ
I had a great weekend with Tony making a longbow at Ynot Coppice. It's a great experience camping out in the woodland and using traditional tools to make your longbow. Tony is a very encouraging and knowledgeable teacher and is always on hand to help keep your project on track. He also has an excellent knowledge of the manufacture of bows and their importance as weapons in years gone by. I had no previous woodwork or archery experience but still managed to make a bow I was very happy with and to shoot a few arrows at the end of the course. I'd highly recommend this experience for anyone who enjoys being outdoors and would like to learn a new skill.
A top weekend in a magical location with a top bloke guiding my clumsy hands and busy mind to a point where I actually made a functioning and in my eyes quite beautiful long bow
Tony is a skilled, knowledgable, understanding teacher and guide with a true feel for his craft and with a patient relaxed approach which put all of us at our ease.
He is a genuine woodsman and artisan with a sensitive and deep connection to nature and his environment with an extensive knowledge of the history of the British long bow and its significance to this land.
The weekend was not just about learning new skills though. It was also a great opportunity to slow right down,to be quiet, to listen to the birdsong whist meditatively shaving, rasping and hewing a piece of ash into a working bow.
It was also about spending time in an ancient wild environment amongst interesting fellows of the woods and leaving the cares and troubles of the modern world behind.
Tony makes you feel right at home in the camp and workshop he has created in the woods. A couple of days spent there focused on a good and noble craft under skillfull tutelage with a band of brothers, will cast a subtle spell that cannot but make you look at life with different eyes.
And you get to bring a bow back with you too along with some magical memories.
Cheers Tony and to all the other guys who spent the days in honest graft and nights around the fire shooting arrows into the starlit skies.
Brilliant course and a great weekend taking a rough ash stage and carefully working it down with traditional tools into a beautiful longbow, then making the string (an art in itself) and trying the bow out in a beautiful natural setting.
Tony is a wise and feelingful guy managing this woodland with a wealth of knowledge of nature and traditional wood working. He guides you with his knowledge gently and to your own pace until you are the proud owner of a functional thing of beauty.
I made a long bow! There is something very therapeutic about working with wood. Especially taking a piece of Ash, learning how to use the tools to turn that piece of wood, over the course, into the shape of a long bow that is sized for you.
However, it’s not just the long bow, it’s also crafting your own bow string and firing your first arrow.
A truly rewarding moment.
Though it’s not just making this traditional and ancient weapon. There is also the expertise and experience that Tony shares with you in a gentle unhurried way, which allows you to progress at a rate you are comfortable with.
All in all a thoroughly enjoyable course, well taught and with friendly, like minded participants.