Bow making course

Workshops

Create your own work of art and start shooting!

Workshops

A few times a year I open my shop to folks who would like to learn the skills to make a traditional bow. In these workshops you learn the basics of bowmaking. The workshops are in the weekends so most people can attend. You can choose between a laminated longbow or five-curve design. All bowstaves have a bamboo or ash back and hardwood belly that is ready to go. Please let me know what style of bowstave you would like with an ash or bamboo back.

We start on Saturday at 8:30 and work until the evening, including a BBQ. On Sunday we start at 8:30 and finish the workshop with a practice round at a local 3D course.

In this workshop I provide you with the needed information on what woods to use and what to look out for. How to read the wood for optimal performance. This will result in your (first) bow and can be used for further projects. The bowblanks are prepared and laminated by me.

We assembly 3 arrows that is matched to your bow and draw length. After we are all done with the work we go enjoy ourselves, taking our finished bow and go shoot it at a local 3D course just 10 minutes away from the shop.

Mind you that all work is done outside, in case of rain there will be a tent set up on site. Because it is physical demanding be prepared to work hard. Participants must be 16 years of age, basic woodworking skills are convenient.

All workshops need a minimum of 3 participants and have a maximum capacity of 4. A down payment is required of 25% to put your name on the list. If you want to reschedule your reservation please do so 3 weeks before the start of the workshop. Cancellation of your reservation must be done a minimum of 20 days before the workshop in order to fill the spot. After this term, the down payment is not refundable.

Cost of the workshop: 450 euro’s no tax, including materials, lunch, Saturday BBQ and Sunday shooting at 3D course.

Location: Arnhem, The Netherlands

If you’d like to sign in, use the registration form below or send me an email at bamboo.bows@gmail.com

Dates available 2022:

16-17 juli (2 spots still open)

3-4 september (3 spots still open)

Program

Day 1

  • Material and selection
  • How to select, cut and cure your bowwoods
  • Bow stave design
  • Roughing out the bow
  • Floor tillering
  • First brace
  • BBQ and drinks

Day 2

  • Tillering your bow
  • Bowstring
  • Arrows (3X)
  • 3D archery course learning to shoot your new bow!