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Creating a Traditional Longbow

Michigan Folk School Campus, 7734 Plymouth Road, Ann Arbor MI 48105
16 years and over
3 spaces available

Course dates

  • Sat, 9 Sep '23   10am – 6pm EDT - done
  • Sun, 10 Sep '23   10am – 6pm EDT - done


The pride that comes from shooting a wooden bow that you’ve made with your own two hands is a powerful experience. In this 3 day course, you will be guided through the step-by-step process of crafting a wooden longbow. You will begin with a hickory "bow blank" that is ready for you to start hand tooling. During the course you will be introduced to the ancient art of tillering, learn the fundamentals of woodworking, using tools efficiently, and tapping into our ability to “read” the wood. By the end of the course you will have made your own wooden longbow and if time and weather cooperate, students will have the opportunity to practice shooting techniques.

This course has been very popular for the past seven years and we have learned quite a bit over the years as well. For example, we have learned that this course will challenge you both physically and mentally. The bowmaking process requires a series of steps, done in order, to both remove material where you wish, and to train the wood to bend and straighten to become an archery bow. These steps are done over and over and over. For some maintaining a constant focus on your work can become exhausting. In order to make sure you do not fall behind, you will need to allow yourself to take short breaks and regroup and stretch as needed. This way the sense of awe and enjoyment that happens as you craft your way through this process can be truly experienced and truly appreciated. Of course, the hard work that goes into creating a longbow immediately pays off once your bow is completed, but completion comes from VERY hard work done over two VERY long days.



Single, including supply fee

Course ticket - for all 2 dates.
3 available


Michigan Folk School Campus
7734 Plymouth Road
Ann Arbor MI 48105