Intro to Bowmaking
Our beginner's workshop 'Becoming a Bowyer', is a two-weekend workshop which focuses on correct tool use, bow and arrow dynamics and how to achieve a balanced, powerful shape in the final weapon. In a small group, using traditional hand tools, you will replicate the world's oldest known bow: The Holmegaard Bow (approx. 8,000 BCE.)
You will learn:
- The Origins of Archery
- The daily life and hunting practices in Stone Age Europe
- How to examine and interpret archaeological objects
- How to "read the wood" in order to shape the bow without measurements
- Traditional carving techniques with traditional hand tools
- How to make a bowstring
- Correct bracing and tillering techniques
Our workshop 'Becoming a Bowyer', is a two-weekend workshop which focuses on correct tool use, bow and arrow dynamics and how to achieve a balanced, powerful shape in the final weapon. In a small group, using traditional hand tools, you will replicate the world's oldest known bow: The Holmegaard Bow (approx. 8,000 BCE.)
Included with this workshop is an afternoon of archery with your new bow at a live archery range and an optional trip to the UBC Museum of Anthropology where your skills as an historic bowyer will be tested and rewarded.
“You are guaranteed to walk away with a powerful, long lasting bow and a fantastic
Our intermediate workshop 'Thinking Through Tools' tackles a more challenging replica, the 'Mollegabet' bow. Although it is dates to the same time period, this bow is a faster shooting and harder hitting weapon whose shape requires a more advanced experience as bowyer and whose power requires the strength of a traditional archery.
Through this workshop you will learn:
- The history of Experimental Archaeology and the revival of Traditional Bowmaking
- Advanced Axe and knife work
- Advanced carving and finishing techniques
Included with this workshop is a day outdoors where you will learn to split a felled log, shape and season your own bow-stave.
historic Arrow Making
In our arrow making workshops you will craft 2 arrows from a choice of 3 time periods, each mainly denoted by a different type of arrowhead:
- Stone-age: from jasper, flint or bone
- Bronze-Age: obsidian, flint or bronze
- Viking Age: Iron or high carbon steel
In a group you will take your place around an open fire where you will receive a wrapped linen bag filled with all the materials you will need to craft your first set of handmade arrows. Including feathers, arrowheads, sinew, twine, charcoal, resin and dried, but unworked arrow shafts.
The arrow making workshop is a social activity, where sharing stories and having a laugh is considered as important as the craft we are engaged in.
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