Building and shooting wooden longbows has been practiced for thousands of years all over the world. Bows have been used in many ways, for survival (both food gathering and protection), sport, meditation and even spiritual practice (Zen Archery). This workshop is a continuation of this ancient practice.
During this workshop, participants will learn the skills to build a longbow, how to choose the wood, the tools needed and their use, how to make bow strings, and how to finish the wood. Shooting the bow will also be covered. By Sunday, your bow will be ready to shoot. You will be taught the “instinctive” shooting method (the same method used by people who relied on the bow in their daily lives). You will leave with a bow and the understanding to be able to build another bow on your own.
Instructors Dan & Tim Corcoran have been making bows for over 20 years collectively. Through Dan’s work at Wilderness Awareness School in Duvall, WA and Tim’s work at Twin Eagles Wilderness School in Sandpoint, ID, they have taught over one hundred youth and adults how to make and shoot their own wooden bows. Their approach is centered on creating enough understanding throughout the learning process that participants will be able to repeat the whole bow making process on their own.
The weekend workshop begins at 7:00 pm on Friday February 18 and carries through until 5:00 pm on Sunday, February 20. It takes place in Clark Fork, Idaho. Cost is $195 for the workshop, and includes all materials and accommodations. Adults and older teens are welcome to participate. Partial work exchanges are available. Due to limited enrollment and limited space, pre-registration is required by calling 208-265-3685 or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org