Student drawing his first homemade bow.

Student drawing his first homemade bow.

Learn all of the steps in how to make a self bow, or a bow made entirely from one piece of wood, from standing tree to finished shooting bow capable of taking down a deer!

Bow and arrow technology is at least 10,000 years old.  Bow and arrow technology allowed our ancestors to accurately hunt from a distance and can be easily and quickly reloaded.  People all over the world adapted their local materials to create amazing weapons using the same basic principles.
Students in this workshop will:

  1. Learn the different properties of different types of trees,
  2. How to identify and select trees that possess the best quality for self-bows,
  3. How to fell, split, and store/season staves,
  4. How to make and tiller a bow.  

Depending on individual needs courses can be created to include time for primitive bowstring production.