Long Bow Making

We are very pleased to welcome back Terence Carr to run a traditional Long Bow making course in April 2018..

Course: Traditional Long Bow, arrow and string making course.


Dates: 13th -16th April 2018

Location: Yurtworks, Greyhayes, St Breward, Cornwall, PL304LP

Booking Contact : Tim on 07974633320 or timhutton@yurtworks.co.uk

Cost : £295 plus £50 for stave and all materials

Tutor: Terence Carr and Tim Hutton



Course Description: Four day Traditional bow making with natural materials and hand tools. The aim of the course is that all participants not only make their own bow, arrow and string but also leave with the skills to go on and make others . You will have a choice of making a bow from a locally grown ash stave or from high quality, bamboo backed, lemon wood.

The course will also include a walk in the woods to see and identify the most suitable ash trees for bow making.

Our Bluebell Wood YurtTutor: Terence Carr. With years of experience making traditional English long bows and Turkish style horn and sinew bows we are very pleased to welcome Terence back to Yurtworks. This is a rare opportunity to learn with an exceptional maker and inspiring teacher.

Course schedule:

Arrive at 9am for a 9.30am start and the course runs through to 5pm each day.

Day one:
Introduction to the longbow, naming of parts,
Shooting the bow, safety, technique.
Different designs of longbow, from archaeology, history –to the modern day.
Type of wood, selecting wood. Walk in the woods to identify suitable trees for longbows.
Choose design and start marking up
Axe work and roughing out
Drawknife work

Day two
Making a bowstring from linen 
Shaping the bow
Floor tillering and tillering. Draw weights.
Cutting the nocks.
Stringing the bow.

Day three
Arrows , length, woods, fletching. Making an arrow with goose quills
Using scrapers and files. Continue  Tillering

Day four
Finishing the bow,
Shooting the finished bow

Bring clothes for an English Spring so include waterproofs and boots for a walk in the woods.

Coffee, tea, biscuits/cake and lunch

Accomodation : Air B and B in the village , camping in the woods, yurt stay