As the country starts the long journey to opening up again we will be restarting our courses in July with new social distancing and smaller numbers.
We start this course on a Friday evening at 7-9 laminating three woods together - usually hickory, lemon wood and purple heart - for the stave. Over the next two days 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 25 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 15 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.
We ask for a £55 non returnable deposit when you book a place and there are up to 6 people per course in our Community Workshop.
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?
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.
Gavin and Tom at Nailsworth Community Workshop with their skill, enthusiasm, patience, humour and knowledge, passed on the practice of the bowyer skills in making the English Longbow to the group who had joined the course, and showed how the making of the English Long Bow should be done.
The workshop facilities and tools and equipment are excellent, all you need is there.
Gavin and Tom were calm under pressure with varying stages of making the Longbow. They found the time to help all those who needed it most to finish the English Longbow, thank you Gavin and Tom.
The music from Gavin's old gramophone is a treat so go along and listen.
I highly recommend doing an English Long Bow course at Nailsworth Community Workshops.
When you walk out of the Nailsworth Community Workshops with your English Longbow you are guaranteed to have a smile on your face.
Thank you to all at Nailsworth Community Workshops, what a rewarding experience it was doing the English Longbow Course.
Gavin obviously loves what he does and passes that on with enthusiasm. He created a very relaxed atmosphere where learning was enjoyable and made the weekend great fun and interesting by not only providing detailed explanations about Bow making and the science behind it but also throwing in a bit of serenading on the guitar and some Lonny Donnegan on the old wind up gramophone.
If you think 2 days is a long time, think again. The time went rapidly with many people saying “is that the time already?” Gavin spends a lot of time and effort ensuring that what you end up with a very well made and beautifully finished Longbow.
The facilities in Nailsworth are good with several good restaurants and some good places to stay, we stayed at the Amberly Hotel which was comfortable with a good breakfast and an easy journey to the course location.
Firstly Gavin has run a lot of longbow courses and is excellent at communicating what needs to be done. It also felt like we were joining him in his hobby , he was so enthusiastic and made the weekend great fun. I really liked the bit of history and especially the science behind what we were making , and why the shape is how it is etc. The people on the course had mixed capability but we all proudly came away with a superbly made longbow. I don’t know where the time went ! I loved every minute and I now have a wonderful longbow and a new hobby!
Gavin is a great teacher, full of fun and it was a great weekend. I went with a friend, though it would be fine on your own since everyone was friendly. We all finished on time too. Our course was in Nailsworth, there is a good fish and chip shop next to a pub that brews its own beer, and they let you
take your chips in! We also ate at Amalfi Italian restaurant which was very good. We stayed at the Amberly hotel , its a bit out of the way but v good freshly cooked breakfast, nice bar, friendly staff and pretty setting. There’s also a fish shop that does food, fish soup was excellent for lunch.
I've just returned home from this amazing course. Gavin was a superb instructor, knowledgeable, engaging and a consummate craftsman. The were eight of us on the course, some who were already archers and others, like myself, who just wanted a new challenge and to produce something amazing. From the outset Gavin had a way of teaching that was both instructive and entertaining, describing each stage in enough detail to allow us to carry out the work without being too prescriptive. The result was that by the end of Sunday everyone had an individual bow that looked fantastic and suited the maker perfectly. I cannot recommend this course highly enough.
Thank you Gavin.