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Start Time:  8AM (day one)
Finish Time:  4PM (day four)
Full cost:  £250
Deposit:  £100
Dates:  See Calendar (Opens new window)

Bow-Making Course

What can be more exciting then making your own bow using the most basic tools and a simple piece of wood? Because of the high success-rate and the detailed learning experience this wood provides, we use specially imported Osage Orange because we feel that this wood, though not native, will provide you with a fuller learning experience enabling you to use any kind of suitable wood locally available to you. We will be building “flat-bows” which are more suitable for close-range hunting, and which are modeled after the various examples of pre-historic bows found in Ireland. This four-day course is extremely hands-on and you will be amazed by the transformation of your stave into a fine bow that will last a life-time.
We will serve you lunch in the form of bread, butter, ham, cheese, jams and other spreads. Fresh fruit will also be available throughout the day. We will make sure there are plenty of hot and cold drinks available for you throughout the day. In the evening we will cook a healthy and filling meal over the fire.
The course is taught from our specialized course-site where there is plenty of shelter to work in if the weather is bad. But we will have to spend some time outdoors working on the stave. The site is about 10 minutes walk away from the car-park, and there may be some muddy areas on the trail to the camp.
This course does not require you to have a lot of equipment available, but below is a list:

• Sharp knife (2" to 5" blade preferably non-folding but if it's a folding knife it has to be lockable!) If you do not have a knife, we would suggest you borrow one from us during the course rather then purchase one as we will explain different knife-types and their benefits during the course.
• Plate, drinking-mug and spreading-knife
• Warm clothing
• Appropriate shoes
• Rain gear
• Notebook and different color pens
• Leather gardening gloves
• Sleeping bag and mat
• Poncho, tarpaulin or tent (There are sleeping spaces available, but bringing your own gives you more options)
• Spare space in your pack to take things home with you.


• Camera
• Some snack food (IE: travel-mix, dried fruits, chocolate)

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