Course Provider: Quirky Workshops at Greystoke Cycle Cafe
Contact Name: Annie Swarbrick
Telephone: 01768 483984
Greystoke Cycle Cafe
Course Length: 2 days (9.30am - 5pm)
5 star rating, 12 reviewers.
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During this two day course you will start with a selected quarter length of ash called a stave which will be reduced using the traditional axe and bill hook tools of yesteryear. In time the students will each move onto a shavehorse where the draw knife and finally spoke shave will be the tool of choice. The stave will then be 'trained' to bend with great care - also known as 'tiller' the bow - under Tony's watchful eye to ensure
Once the draw length of the bow is achieved we can estimate the draw weight and start making the specially calculated double bow string. At the end we will be able to shoot the bows in some open farmland, hopefully looking across to Greystoke Castle and put your longbow through its paces.
This is the traditional method for creating a longbow - no laminates or short cuts. The tree was cut down and the bow created - just as in this workshop.
Tony is a multi award winning conservationist with ten years experience in coppice, ancient woodland management and green woodwork. He has been running Longbow courses for several years from his woodland workshop at Brown Robin Nature reserve near Grange over Sands.
The English longbow is a powerful type of medieval weapon used both in hunting and as a weapon in medieval warfare. The English use of longbows was effective against the French during the Hundred Years' War, particularly and most famously at the Battle of Agincourt in 1415.
What's included in the price?
A small material charge of between £10 and £12 per person payable to Tony directly on the day for the ash staves that he prepares (dependent on length).
Welcome drinks : fresh coffee & home made biscuits, a lovely 2 course Aga lunch served in our farmhouse kitchen or outside in the Greystoke Cycle Cafe Tea Garden as soon as it's warm enough. To finish off the day, a freshly made Cream Tea (including Aga-baked scones, cream and jam).
Our days are considered special treats; many come back time and time again and often combine it with a short break to the Lake District.
We have been hosting and organising 'Quirky Workshops' since 2005 from our friendly family run Cycle Cafe Tea Garden on the northern fringes of the Lake District. All our tutors are carefully hand selected experts and professionals and many considered as leading nationally in their field.
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