Primitive Bow Making Part One
For a little over 10 years I have gone back and forth in teaching a bow making class. To be honest, I see so many folks who are newer to making bows teaching after a year into their journey. I did not want to follow that direction as bow making takes years to fully grasp. After 14 years of making close to 100 bows from all over the Americas, I feel confident to share what I have learned with you. In this class we will craft short Native American replica bows from local woods found in the southwest and midwest.
Cost for part one is $275.00 per student covering all three days. Because we get the wood from a vendor from the midwest a bow stave will cost an additional one time fee of $150.00 plus shipping for a premium osage orange stave. ****Please register months ahead of time as we will need this time to order and prep your stave for class.
What Will Be Covered In this Class?
Bow making is an extensive and complex skill that takes time from start to finish. In part one we will start with an hour long lecture on bow woods, ethical harvesting, seasoning the wood, different styles of bows, backing a bow, draw weight and length, and bow maintenance.
Then we will start establishing the back of the log and chase a single growth ring. after this is complete, each student will learn how to read the stave and layout the design by following the wood grain .
Finally we will remove belly wood and start to floor tiller the bow to get the limbs bending.