English longbow making weekend in the heart of Nailsworth Gloucestershire



We start this course on a Friday evening from 7pm - 9pm, laminating three woods together - usually hickory, lemon wood and purple heart - for the stave. Over the next two days - 9am - 5pm - we mark out shape and tiller the bow and make a string. We also attach and shape horn knocks and make and fit a leather handle. No previous experience is necessary as you are clearly guided step by step through each procedure. If you are over 6 foot please let us know when you book your place. The weekend is taught by Gavin Pond. Gavin has 30 years experience of teaching people from all walks of life. He has studied baroque lute and guitar making at West Dean College in West Sussex and has extensive experience of working with people with special needs and challenging behaviour. He has been running Long Bow Weekends for over 20 years and has helped make long bows that have won competitions. For 10 years he worked at The Acorn School as the Craft teacher where he taught musical instrument making, carpentry, pottery, longbow making, silverwork, and blacksmithing. He has also built and restored furniture. He is a visiting tutor at West Dean College. There are up to 8 people per course in our Community Workshop.

What's included in the price?

The price includes all materials, tools and tuition. There are teas, coffees and biscuits provided but we ask participants to provide their own lunches. We are in the middle of Nailsworth and there are many cafes and shops to choose from or you can bring a packed lunch.


1 weekend

Cancellation policy

Strict - Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 8 weeks before the course starts


Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Seniors
  • Teenagers
  • Wheelchair users
  • Public transport
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Weekends
  • UK Holiday
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Nailsworth Subscription Rooms, Bath Road, Nailsworth, Stroud, Gloucestershire, GL6 0HH