Traditional English Longbow making course - 2 day a 'Quirky Workshop' at Greystoke Cycle Cafe near Penrith and Ullswater
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About the Course
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.
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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.
A wonderful two days having a great deal of fun making a lot of sawdust and a bow I'm very happy with! Tony is excellent giving just the right amount of coaching when needed and leaving you to learn the best ways without endangering your bow. The location is wonderful and the scones to die for. Highly recommended!
Rob - - #10080
Just done a 2 day Longbow making course here with Tony Saunders of YnotCoppice. The venue is absolutely excellent! Non stop stream of tea, coffee, home made biscuits, flapjack, soup,puddings and scones! The views are fantastic as well. Thanks Annie and your helpers.
Dave A - - #6394
Had a great weekend making a long bow. Very welcoming place with great food and a lovely host. Thanks for the gluten free cookies too Annie
Lee H - - #6393
I attended this course making a longbow from a 7 foot stave of ash over two days. The refreshments provided were all delicious. From freshly baked biscuits and coffee on arrival to homemade soups, bread and butter pudding, crumbles, scones and cakes the food was lovely. The regular cyclists popping in on their coast to coast route were all warmly welcomed and left refreshed. A lovely venue with great food and fun craft courses. Perfect.
Charles S - - #6353
First class course delivered with skill and awareness of all the participants abilities. Great hands on experience which Tony and wonderful wholesome food from Annie and her Team.
Many thanks for a brilliant 2 days. See you in September for what I am sure will be another great course.
Rob lea - - #5552
A fantastic 2 days, Tony is an excellent tutor providing the right level of instruction, support and advice whilst allowing you to get hands on from the start. The satisfaction of seeing your arrow fly from the bow you have crafted cannot be fully described. Thanks also to Annie and her team at Greystoke for keeping a team of newbie "bowyers" fed and watered with excellent food and refreshments- I cannot recommend the 2 days highly enough - go for it you won't be disappointed.
John Lorimer - - #5357
An brilliant experience. Tony is a knowledgeable and skilled teacher - provide support and encouragement from start to finish. A quirky workshop not to be forgotten.
Thanks also to the Annie and her crew for providing regular refreshment and sustinance.
Julie Allan - - #3121
Great couple of days. Thanks to Tony's guidance started with ash tree section and came away with a long bow. Venue and food supplied by Annie also brilliant.
Joe Wright - - #3092
I had a great time on the course, coming away with my own 1-piece ash longbow and the skills to do the same thing again. Thanks to Tony's informal and friendly approach we all came away with a lot of transferable knowledge on green woodwork, and thanks to his infectious work ethic we managed to cover everything from hewing a stave to properly preparing the bowstring and shooting off the first arrows from our new bows.
Greystoke is a lovely little village and a warm welcome awaits for all at the cycle cafe.
Ben - - #1495
Brilliant. Greystoke Cafe is a beautiful venue, the sun shone both days (which I guess doesn't happen every time) and Annie and her team kept us supplied with lovely food and drink.
Tony is a great teacher - explains everything clearly, let's you get on with it and steps in quietly when the grain gets the better of you. I enjoyed it very much.
Doug - - #1396
Super venue and hostess keeping us topped up with food and drinks. The scheduled end time had to be extended on both days perhaps because the lovely warm days were not ideal conditions for manual labour, but great for sitting around admiring the view and enjoying a cuppa! Tony ensured everyone left with a working longbow (even in the event of a catastrophic failure) and stepping in to help in the event of any problems.
rob - - #1371
As a venue, Greystoke cafe is excellent for courses and workshops. Annie is a wonderful host and the food is delicious. Lovely surroundings and a relaxed ambience. Highly recommended for a stop off on your travels or a range of activities.
Tony Saunders - - #1123
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