The Bow has been crucial to our development as a species – as hunters; our species have been using them for around 12,000 years. The oldest bow so far discovered was a flat bow design found on the moors of Holmegaard in Denmark. Made from a young elm tree it was perfectly efficient. Our Stone Age ancestors knew how to make a very effective bow, relatively easily, in the wild. Learning the skills to do the same is an exciting journey.
This three-day course begins with a brief history of the bow and various designs from around the world. It is then important to understand some of the factors affecting bow design and the key factors in bow making. We source our Ash staves as locally as possible, usually from the same beautiful, ancient woodland that you will be working in. You will gradually bring your bow alive from within the seasoned wood, carefully shaping it and developing a skilled eye and learning to work with the grain and qualities of the wood. This complete course will take you through the techniques of bow making, from identifying the best wood for the bow and arrow making, to fletching and ultimately how to treat and shoot your newly created bow.
Essential tools to bring are a Gransfor Bruk Small Forest axe (or similar), and a bushcraft knife. There will be some tools available to borrow if necessary, bringing a smaller whittling knife would also be a useful addition.
- Days: Thur PM – Sun PM (3 Nights)
- Location: Lake District, England
- Food & Accommodation: Fully catered and includes camping fees
- Activity: Bow making
- Group Size: 6-12 (Av.10)
- Physical Rating: Med
- 2021 Dates: 9-12 Sept ’21
- Bows of the world – an overview
- Bow designs and efficiency
- The Holmegaard bow (Danish Stone Age flat bow)
- Rough shaping with an axe
- Tillering skills
- Sanding and finishing the bow
- Making bow strings
- Fine tillering and stringing
- Arrow making and fletching
- Shooting techniques
- Roving competition
- This course is fully catered throughout – we do our best to source food that is wild, local, organic, seasonal and nutritious. (This negates the need to buy food and bring stoves, fuel and cooking gear – it also maximises your learning time with us).
- The free loan of specialist bushcraft kit.
- Camping fees are included.
- We offer a complimentary pick-up and drop-off service from and to the nearest railway station at set times.