Introduction to Bow Making
Learn to make a fully functional american flat bow!
- Each Sunday class will be open to 6 students.
- Each class will take place over the course of 6 hours.
- Class fee is $80/person
Of the class fee, $60 is for the class, and $20 for materials and the tools. Both of which the student will keep at the end of the class. (the tools and materials, not the money.)
The class will cover:
- A brief review of the types of traditional wood bows and focus on the American Flatbow, it's origin and design (This is the type of bow that participants will be making)
- An intro on the types of designs and modifications that can improve the look and performance of an american flatbow.
- Types of wood used for wood bows, and their characteristics
- The pros and cons of working with red oak wood.
- Tools used for bowmaking, including hand tools and power tools
- Each participant will be provided with all the materials and tools needed to make this bow.
- Class materials will include exactly one red oak board per student, of dimensions 1.5" by .75" by 6', selected by the teacher.
In this one day intro course I will teach basic design and construction of a red oak american flat bow, and help the students make a fully functional wood bow. Future classes with more advanced skills will be taught later in the summer.
The class will include a brief description of what archery "tackle", or gear, is needed to actually use a bow, including bow strings, arrows, forearm protection (vambraces), finger protection (archery tabs or shooting gloves), quivers, and bow cases.
Ideally each student will complete this class with a fully functional bow. However, due to the fact that the students will be making the bow, and that wood under tension can break, I can make no guarantee of success. If the bow does break while under construction, there will be options for scheduling additional time to complete a bow.The design used in this class should yield a bow of between 30 and 45 pounds draw weight, depending on the students preference.
This class will cover making this bow both with and without the use of power tools. The use of power tools will be optional for each student, with the caveat that while it's very easy to make a bow fast with power tools, it's also very easy to wreck one fast.
Once the bow itself is completed, you will need at least a bow string and arrows to use it, at the barest minimum. Arrows can be purchased locally, and the class will cover the information you need to select the right arrows. Strings can be bought locally, but I will offer finished bowstrings as an option, seperate from the class, at a cost of $10, made by the instructor.
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