Bow Making Course

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Over the two days you will learn how to make your very own flat bow. Our expert instructors will guide you through the process, and you’ll walk away with your very own handmade bow.


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Over the two days you will learn how to make your very own flat bow. Our expert instructors will guide you through the process, and you’ll walk away with a handmade bow and a great sense of achievement.

Day 1Using a draw knife to make a bow

On arrival you will be greeted by our instructor team and taken back to basecamp for an initial safety briefing. You will be shown how to safely use the tools you will be using throughout the course.

We’ll swiftly move onto tree selection, where as a group we will head out into the woods to choose an Ash tree that is the suitable age and condition to harvest. Our instructors will guide you through how to safely fell and de-limb the tree before taking it back to the ‘craft zone’, where as a team you will cleave it down into quarters. Once you have your quarter it’s then onto the bench to shave down and flatten off your stave with a drawknife.

There will be a selection of pre-made bows around the ‘craft zone’ to give you inspiration.

Once you’ve got your roughed out stave, you will then measure and sketch the rough bow shape onto the wood. Once again, you will be using a drawknife to remove material creating the initial shape.

Bows resting next to tillering jig



Tuition will start promptly, as you will be eager to get on and complete you bow. Todays task is to tiller the bow, but first we must knock the bow ready to take a temporary string so that we can begin the tillering process. Tillering is where you remove fine shavings using a spokeshave and shave horse, to further shape the bow. This process allows the bow limbs to flex evenly on both sides of the handle, giving the bow the strength not to break.

Once you are happy with the bow, our instructors will move on to the process of making the string, using dacron. You will string your bow before testing how well it works.  After which, our instructors will cover how best to finish off the bow and care for it.

And to end, you’ll get to tryout your own bow at our archery range.


View the bow making video from our course in June 2016

During the course you will learn how to:

  • Safely use knives and saws, including various cutting techniques
  • Identify a suitable tree to use for bow making
  • Fell and de-limb a tree
  • Cleave a piece of wood, splitting it into quarters
  • Use a drawknife and techniques need to shape your bow
  • Use a spokeshave to tiller the limbs of your bow
  • Make string for your bow using dacron
  • Test your bow on the final day

The course runs over 2 days – starting at 9am and finishing at 5pm each day and lunch will be provided, please bring with you an evening meal and breakfast (we have cooking pots you can use).

Camping on site is highly recommended.

Course Price £199

Location: This course is held at our Wiltshire site close Swindon.

Dates Available:

6th-7th May 2017

23rd-24th September 2017

To book select a date from the dropdown menu at the top of the page.

Additional information

Dates Available

23rd-14th September 2017, 6th-7th May 2017


Lunch will be provided. We have a kettle always on the go so you can help yourself to tea, coffee, squash and biscuits. We also have fresh drinking water and a fruit bowl available.


This course starts at 9:00am and finishes at 5pm each day.

Other Details

Joining instructions will be sent to participants once full payment has been made along with your receipt. This will include details of where to meet, when to meet, and what to bring with you.

1 review for Bow Making Course

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Start to finish a great experience, got taught real transferable skills in a beautiful environment by lovely people. Came away with a fully functioning (pretty impressive though I say so myself) Bow. I’d give this course 10 stars if I could.

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