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Build your own Osage Bow

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

Bows Bows Bows!!

“A bow is just a stick that is 9/10ths broken”

Join us for a five day intensive in the art of bow making and traditional archery. How amazing is it that in our human history 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 wood. Know for it’s golden yellow color and amazing characteristics for bow wood, osage is the king of all bow woods in America. At the end of the classes these bows will be both hunt ready as well as a beautiful piece of craftsmanship built specifically for the shooter.

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.

  • Cost:

    Early Bird Price (Before April 1st): $400

    Regular Ticket: $450

  • What to bring // Camp sites

    Primitive camping is available for students. Please come prepared! Bring your own tent and sleeping gear, rain gear, camping supplies, eating dish and utensils, and food for the weekend (running water, kitchen and fridge are available on site).

    Clothes you don’t mind getting dirty!

  • Children

    Students 12 and up are welcome with accompanying adult and their own ticket

Earlier Event: September 6
Willow Pack Baskets
Later Event: October 24
Hide Tanning: Make your own Buckskin