Traditional Bow Making Workshop £395

Traditional Bow Making Workshop £395

A traditional bow making course run from the comfort of our Bow making workshop nestled in the heart of a beautiful ancient woodland, a catered course with great facilities at no extra cost. These include the use of our kitchen, toilets, showers, heated workshop, field or woodland camping in our bushcraft camp, camper vans welcome, evening meals are also included. 

Whats it about

Bows have been a part of our culture for thousands of years, so long and so important are they to us, that perhaps none of us would be here if it wasn’t for the skill and patience of our ancestors. Hunting, inter- tribal conflict and symbols of power that built nations like our small islands, these beautiful pieces of timber are much more than killing tools. Each Bow is a personal statement of skill, patience and craftsmanship.

We explore Bow design through the ages, designs straight from the prehistoric record and find the right design for you. You’ll learn how to craft your Bow using simple Bushcraft tools, utilising the knowledge and skill that’s been passed on from one generation of Bowyers to another over time. 

You’ll finish this workshop with a Bow, longbow or flatbow where you’ll know the timber was sustainably felled and prepared by us, using native species and traditional methods. 

You’ll of made the Bow, made a string, and have the knowledge to do it again. But most important of all you’ll become apart of the growing number of people coming back to traditional archery, relying on your own knowledge and skill and not that of machines or Modern materials to make your equipment. In my opinion The core values of Bushcraft.    

Course Content

  • Bow History
  • Wooden Bow Design
  • Factors Affecting Bow Efficiency
  • Wood Selection
  • Bow Woods
  • Tillering
  • String materials
  • String construction
  • Serving strings
  • Arrow history & design
  • Arrow woods
  • Archery techniques


The course is run over 4 days, however on the first day you'll arrive at 5pm to set up your camps and have a evening informal talk on bow history and design. 


The cost of this course is £395 per person. We will invoice for the remaining £295 6-4 weeks prior to the course start date. The deposit garentees your place on the coures. 


This course is part catered offering an evening meal only and we can accommodate meat and vegetarian diets, if you have allergies, a specific or complicated diet or are a strict vegan then you will have to make arrangements to supplement the food provided with your own provisions..

Dates & times 

1. March Workshop 2024 - (Full) Thurs 14th (arrive 5pm) - Fri 15th  - Sat 16th - Sun 17th (finishes on the last day 5pm)

2. May Workshop 2024 - (Full) thu 16th (arrive Thu 5pm) - Fri 17th - Sat 18th - Sun 19th 

3. July Workshop 2024 -  (FullThu 4th (arrive Thu 5pm) - Fri 5th - Sat 6th - Sun 7th 

4. September Workshop 2024 - (Places available) Thurs 12th (arrive 5pm) - Fri 13th  - Sat 14th - Sun 15th (finishes on the last day 5pm)

Spaces are available here on our War Bow Course CLICK HERE

The workshops places are updated daily. Please select the workshop dates you'd like from the drop down menu below

Bow Making At Other Venues

Phil also teaches Traditional English Longbow Making at other Fantastic events and settings. Please click on the venues names to check them out. The Weald and Downland Museum in West Sussex and at the Wilderness Gathering in Wiltshire. 

Camping & Facilities  

Woodland camping is included at no extra cost. However this is not a course requirment, theres plenty of local B&Bs/hotels available.  

The Course is now run from the comfort of our woodland workshop nestled deep in the woods facilities include. 

  • Heated workshop 
  • kitchen
  • Showers 
  • Toilets 
  • Camping included in the woods or field campsite. 
  • Self contained camper vans welcome. 


For Any further questions please feel free to contact us directly. 

Course size 

8 maximum. 


Near Hellingly, East Sussex 


The course is set in our heated workshop however you'll be camping in the outdoors from our comfortable expedition style camp. Approipriate warm outdoor clothing is required. 

This is a adult course only.

Upon booking you'll recieve in-depth joining instructions in the form of pdfs with a recommended kit list, directions. course information and Medical form. Please do check the email account you booked with and your spam folder after booking as sometimes emails with attachments are filtered out your inbox. 


All tools are provided however you may find it very useful to have one of our own Bow Making Scapers. Ideal for this course. Please find more details here. 

Social Media

A picture paints a thousand words so please check out our social media to see pictures from the workshops.


Rob Leaney

"I just want to say a big thank you for a fantastic weekend of bow making. I signed up to your course as an archer, thinking it would be nice to make my own bow. But I didn’t come away with just a bow, it was a great experience. As someone with little crafting skills you and your team were very patient guiding us through tool technique and the anatomy of the long bow and the materials to make it. Your knowledge of the history of archery topped the experience off too.Your course was well planned out, it considering all levels of experience ensuring that no felt out of place or left falling behind. The friendly environment allowed this to be a social experience too, from the light-hearted banter to the help and encouragement from the other staff and students. Of course, Scott did a tremendous job in the camp kitchen and kept us well fed. The question is what to do next with this newfound knowledge, I think new (old) tools will be purchased and their maybe an unsupervised bow or two made in the near future. This has seriously made me consider signing up for the next level."

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For Any further questions please feel free to contact us directly. 

PRICE: £100.00


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