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English Longbow making weekend in the heart of Nailsworth Gloucestershire

English Longbow making weekend in the heart of Nailsworth Gloucestershire

Duration: 2 hours Friday evening Saturday and Sunday

Price: £255

Run by: Pam Brown
at Nailsworth Community Workshop

07971737626

Nailsworth Subscription Rooms
Bath Road
Nailsworth
Stroud
Gloucestershire
GL6 0HH

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About the Course

We start on a Friday evening 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 often with an assistant. 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 10 people per course in our Community Workshop.

If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above or telephone us. Your 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.



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Course Start Dates

Course dates are flexible; please get in touch for the next available date.


  • Accessible by public transport
  • Disabled access
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teen friendly