Bows, Arrows & Archery

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Scraping to 90 Stave to Stick

Bow Making: Self Bows

This completely hands-on workshop will take you through the entire progression of building your very own self-bow.
Beginning with a bark-on stave, you will learn what to look for when selecting your materials, and different ways to successfully remove the bark. You will then take your stave down to a ring, lay it out, file, scrape and sand it down to 'floor tiller'. You will go through the full final tillering process, file in your nocks and make your own string. And provided Mother Nature co-operates, you'll even have the opportunity to practice shooting your new bow on the final day!
We will also discuss the best woods to use for bows and how to cut and season your own staves. Over the course of these four days you will build your own hunting-weight bow that does not suffer from "stack" or hand-shock. A beautiful piece of functional art!
A process that must be experienced to be understood, there is nothing that can compare with holding in your hands a bow that you have transformed from a simple piece of wood into a dynamic extension of yourself.
››Bow staves are provided and included in the workshop tuition.

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February 21-24 $385 Great Meadows, NJ   Sorry this workshop is now full.
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Shooting Board Bow

 

Introduction to Bow-making: Board Bows

If the thought of building a bow for the first time is a little overwhelming, or if you don't have the time to start with a full stave then check out our 2-day Introduction to Bow-making weekend.
You'll build your bow from materials available at any lumber yard, and discover a great way to begin developing your tillering skills. This workhop will focus on the principles of bow design, performance, layout and tillering. You'll learn the fundamentals of bow construction without having to spend the extra cash shipping staves from across the country.
You'll leave Sunday with a shooting "board bow" of around 40 lbs — stout enought to hunt with — and all the knowledge and hands-on experience you need to make your next one at home.
This is also an excellent workshop for Scout leaders and others who work with kids!

 

April 12-13 $195 Great Meadows, NJ
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Survival Bows

Survival Bows: 4 Bows in 3 Days

Most long-term bows are made from wood that has been seasoned for many months, but in a survival situation, or one where you have no modern tools, how would you build a bow? Learn multiple effective methods for building expedient survival bows that are fast, effective, and can be easily made using nothing but stone tools and Stone Age technologies.
You will build four bows in three days, all ready-to-shoot and yours to take home with you.

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Advanced Bow Making: Recurves, Bamboo- and Sinew-backed Bows

If you have ever wanted to learn how to make a Recurve bow, how a Bamboo-backed bow is made, or why Sinew-backing a bow improves it's performance, this class has your answers. Starting with a blank stave, you will build your own long bow, then complete it with your choice of one of the above three methods. Go beyond the simple self bow and learn how improve performance, and create a true hunting weapon that you will cherish for years to come. Snake skin, rawhide, and other bow backing options will be covered, as we combine the best of modern and primitive technologies as they relate to the Art of the Bowyer.
All materials are provided.

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Arrow shafts

Arrows: Harvesting, Straightening & Curing Shafts

As the saying goes, "Any old stick will make a bow. An arrow is a lot of work." Without a well-made arrow, the best bow is virtually worthless, and a well-made arrow starts with the selection and harvesting of the right shaft. You'll learn how to identify, select and process arrow shafts from a wide range of "off the landscape" materials, as well as how to cure and straighten them into top-knotch arrows. You will also make "split shaft" arrows in the European style, and how to choose and proper nock-style for your needs. An in-depth day that will take both your knowledge and your hands-on experience with crafting arrows to a whole new level.

 

February 8 $95 Great Meadows, NJ

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Hand-crafted Arrow

Arrows: Points, Hafting & Fletching

The right arrows make all the difference when shooting your bow, and no arrows are going to be as perfect for you as the ones that you have made yourself. In this workshop you'll start with a plain wood shaft and finish the day with a fully completed arrow to take home. You will strip feathers into fletching and attach them to your shaft using sinew. You'll make and temper steel "trade" points for hunting and learn how to properly secure them to a shaft and balance your arrow for truest flight. A finely crafted arrow takes time, skill and dedication. Over the course of this day you will create your own functional work of art, worthy of taking game.

February 9 $95 Great Meadows, NJ

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Survival Arrows

In a Survival-type situation you don't have the time to allow your arrow shafts to dry and cure for many months. This workshop will show you how to find, harvest and fashion arrows quicky, that will work effectively with your Survival Bow. You will learn various materials that can be used for fletching when feathers are not available, discover different options when stone or steel arrow points are not to be found, and how to get around the paradox of how haft your point without having to process a deer for the sinew first!

March 16 $95 Great Meadows, NJ

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Aerials in a day

Shooting the Longbow: Beyond Instinctive Shooting

If you have always wanted to learn to shoot a bow, today is your day. Whether or not you have ever held a bow before, Eddie's revolutionary "Beyond Instinctive Shooting" method of teaching will have you hitting targets out of the air by mid-afternoon.
You will learn the importance of proper form, how to quickly develop and maintain accuracy in your shooting, how to shoot at both realistic hunting ranges and for distance, and how to hit a moving target, either moving across the ground or out of the air. You will also learn techniques you can use to continue your improvement when you get home, as well as how to tune your own equipment to get the best possible performance each and every time.
Equipment will be provided.

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The Video:  Don't believe it can be done? Watch these students with virtually no shooting experience hit the target after target out of the air. See how much YOU will accomplish by the end of the day!
Student Comments:  Read what past students of this workshop have to say.

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First day of archery

Archery Fundamentals

Have you learned how to make bows, but still need to develop accuracy and proficiency in your shooting? This is the class you have been waiting for. Learn the proper manner in which to select, match, and tune your equipment so that it becomes an extension of your own body. To ensure you learn the essentials of proper form, as well as how to develop accuracy while shooting instinctively, you will participate in a variety of shooting situations, including simulated hunting scenarios.
Equipment will be provided, although students are encouraged to bring their own equipment, if available.

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The Video:  If you're wondering what you can learn in just a couple of days, see what our student Matt, who had never shot a real bow before, was able to accomplish before lunch on Day 2!
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