Undeniably one of the most esteemed skills in the world of self reliance is the ability to make and use a Bow and Arrow. Making a bow that can propel a sharp object once greatly improved one's ability to protect and provide for themselves. It's a bridge from merely surviving to thriving. The ability to successfully produce a bow is one more building block in the creation of a self sufficient and confident individual.
During your Beginner Bowyer class, we'll cover some basic skills and techniques then you'll spend the day carving, rasping, and sanding your bow from a raw stave of material wild crafted from the local landscape.
Come with nothing, leave with a viable bow and the skills and knowledge to continue in your bow making journey.*see note below in red for details.
Dates TBA $125.00 each *there is a registration fee which will add about $6.00 to your total at the time of registration Ages 15+ *under 18 participants must be accompanied by a registered adult.
"Give a person a bow and they will shoot some arrows and break the bow. Teach a person to make bows, and they will shoot and break many bows. -bowyer who modifies others' famous quotes.
Learn how to inspect bow staves and select one to begin your bow making process.
Learn and practice primitive wood working techniques such as batoning, carving, rasping and sanding with hand tools and primitive stone tools.
Utilize these techniques to shape your stave into a usable bow.
Check curve of your bow's limbs for consistency.
Develop your archery skills with primitive and modern bows.
If patient, diligent, and lucky, shoot your own bow.
*Note: All Bows eventually break. At least most of them. Breaking bows (also known as sticks that bend and eventually break) is a natural occurrence in the process of learning how to be a bowyer. Breaks are blessings that carry with them wisdom and an opportunity to learn. If your bow-in-the-making breaks, it will depend on time, availability of staves, and many other factors whether you will be able to go home with a shooting bow. Common scenario is that the majority of students leaves with a shootable bow. Most students that have a bow break start, and sometimes finish, a second bow. Students with unfinished bows, however, always leave with the skills and knowledge of how to complete said bow along with many others.