Spend the weekend in the woods splitting, cleaving, and carving your very own flat bow from locally sourced Ash from our woodland. During the weekend you will learn how to make a bow from a piece of timber and gradually carve it down to the desired bow shape before testing how well it shoots on the final day.
An overview of what you will learn during this weekend course:
- 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
Your Weekend 9.00 – 16.00
|Arrive at Hands on Bushcraft
You’ll be greeted by one of our instructors and guided into the woodland to our basecamp where you will be given a safety briefing before being handed the tools you will be using during the weekend bow making course.
Day 1 – Getting to know the tools and initial shaping of the bow
You’ll first need to cleave a long section of ash down its entire length using a froe and some axes in quarters, from which you will select your quarter, this will become your bow stave. You will then make your way over to the shavehorses and under the guidance of our instructors you will begin to remove long shavings of wood from your bow staves first of all to flatten out the stave and then to carve the shape of the bow.
Day 2 – Tillering, string making and testing
At the start of day to you will begin to thin out the limbs of your flat bow, to do this you will place the bow into a tillering jig to see how the limbs of the bow flex and if they flex evenly You will then use a spokeshave to remove finer shavings of wood from the limbs of the bow. Once you are happy with how the bow is looking and feeling you will begin the process of making string for the bow before testing how well you bow shoots at some targets setup in the woodland.
All good thing must come to an end, time to pack and head of back to home. Come back soon though.