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Build your own Osage Bow (5 days)

  • Holistic Survival School 38 McDaris Cove Road Weaverville, NC, 28787 United States (map)

Bows Bows Bows!!

Join us for a three day intensive in the art of bow making and traditional archery. How amazing in our human history that humans have devised countless brilliant methods of reducing a single piece of wood to such perfect form so as to send an arrow hundreds of feet per second, thousands of times over and over again! It is an opportunity to get to know one stick better than any other piece of wood you have yet to meet, and a gateway into a relationship to trees that goes much deeper than identification.

For our bows we will be using osage orange which is considered the BEST bow material around.  These bows will be the envy of all your archer friends. 

In this class we will use a wide variety of tools including draw knives, hatchets and froes, saws, rasps, scrapers, files, and the like in order to reduce our material to bend perfectly throughout each limb of the bow. That being said, you will not only leave the class with a highly functional bow, but you will also gain much experience in tool use, body mechanics, wood craft and variability in wood structure, and everything you need to know to replicate the process from living tree to finished bow. 


 Bow Building 2017!

Bow Building 2017!

Please come with a sharp knife, and if you have them--draw knives, hatchets, hand saw, etc. It is good to get to know your own tools for future applications. 

Each student will need to bring a packed lunch each day, and optional food to share pot luck style for dinner. There will also be an outdoor kitchen available for people to make their own dinner if class runs late. We finish on Sunday after each student has casted their first arrow.

You must pre-register in order to attend this class!


         Early Bird (before Sep. 1st) - $425 

         Regular ticket  - $500

HoSS never wants people to feel limited by money.  Work Trade options are always available.

Questions? Email Luke at

Students 16+ are welcome with accompanying adult and their own ticket.  

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