Self Bow Building Workshop

Days 1-3

The bow building workshop is well underway.  This year the workshop is a 5 days long program held over two weekends .  This has proven to be a more relaxed time schedule so participants at any skill level of woodworking can complete a bow.

The average bow maker can complete a bow, without being rushed, in 3-5 days.  My feeling about bow making is, if you can make the bow making experience last, why not take as long as you can to learn the characteristics of each bow you create.

Today I had the opportunity to finish a bow that I have been a little here and there over the past several months.  While everyone was in the early stages of work on their bows I was able to spend some time finishing one of mine.  The Osage Orange bow has a very snaky and wavy profile, which demands special attention to detail.  The wait was well worth it in several ways.   Now I have a wonderfully tillered bow that is a smooth shooter and is very beautiful profile.

Each of the participants during this program are working on a hickory bow.  Over this first weekend they have each taken their stave down to a growth ring, laid out the bow design, and have begun the floor tillering process.  They are all starting to bend quite well and each of them are moving along at a very productive pace.  In the end they should each have great shooting bows.  I look forward to seeing them each through to completion.  One of my favorite things is when we all get to shoot our bows together on the last day of the workshop.

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