Shooting a stone age bow Bows and arrows workshop - hand made arrow Carving a bow Target practice with the new bow Testing a finished bow and arrow

Bows & Arrows Workshop

There can be no better mark of your skill as a woods person than the ability to craft an effective hunting weapon entirely from the woods around you using only hand tools. During these four days you will learn how to construct an ash bow from the first chop of axe into log right through to pinging arrows down the range. In learning how to carve a bow from a seasoned stave, you’ll gain a firm understanding of fine woodworking skills, timber selection and an insight into this fascinating and practical ancient technology.

We’ll also teach you several methods of string construction using authentic materials and modern too. A bow isn’t much use without the arrows so you’ll be shown how to take a hazel rod, straighten scrape and smooth it into dowel, nock it, fletch it and haft a bone, flint or metal target point in place using natural glues and bindings.

Please note

We will be working with hand tools and natural materials in an outdoor woodland workshop. Bow making is a pleasant, fulfilling project but extremely hands on. Bending a stick until it’s nearly broken is also a high risk activity – equal measures of stamina and patience are essential to guarantee success!

The working day will begin at 9am and we’ll down tools at 5pm daily (with the exception of the first day which starts at 10am). If you wish to stay locally, the nearest villages to our location are Tisbury, Hindon and Chicklade. If you would like to camp over in the woods, please mention this when you book.

The Bows & Arrows workshop is self catered. Please bring enough food for the duration. Hot drinks, fruit and snacks are available all day. Our woodland kitchen has plenty of robust pots and pans for cooking over the campfire, as well as cool boxes and secure containers to store your food. Small, personal camp fires are absolutely fine and fire wood is plentiful and free.


Bows & Arrows Workshop

Bows & Arrows Workshop

4 days

18-Jul-2019 to 21-Jul-2019

Start 10.00

Finish 17.00

£325 per person

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