This is a camp that has been requested over the years. There is a limited amount of space in this program. All materials needed to complete the project are provided and each participant will go home with their own hand made bow and one arrow, or a quiver with several arrows. In this program, the camper and parent/adult a will make a wooden long bow from a piece of wood, carving it down, shaping it, and tillering the bow so it works optimally. Each participant will make their own string for the bow. Or they can choose to make a quiver to store arrows in out of leather. They will learn how to make arrows, fletching, shaping, etc. They will leave with a few arrows to put in their quiver.
This is a great opportunity for families to make their very own archery kit, that if cared for can last a lifetime. To take a project from raw materials to completion teaches competence and builds confidence. This is an awesome opportunity, and not one that could be found anywhere else. The teacher of this program has helped hundreds in this process, and is a very supportive teacher. We are lucky to have him on board. Peter will also go over the instinctive shooting method so that students leave knowing how to shoot their new bow.
Building and shooting longbows has been practiced for thousands of years all over world. Bows have been used in many ways including: survival (both food gathering and protection), sport and meditation, and spiritual practice (Zen meditation). This class is a continuation of these ancient practices.
During this class, you will learn the skills to build a long bow, how to choose the wood, the tools needed and their use, how to finish the wood, and make strings. You will be taught the “instinctive” shooting method (this is the same method used by people who relied on the bow in their daily lives).