Bow Making Basics for Wilderness Survival
Learn to craft your own bow out of locally harvested materials. We cover how to hew wood with simple blades and knives for wilderness survival and more.
Bow Making Basics
Our bow making basics course helps you develop the art of tillering. Tillering is crafting the bow stave down to the symmetrical bend of a bow. Tillering is where you and the wood decide how fast and far your tool and weapon launches arrows.
We also train with expert instructors at our indoor range to develop the basics of form and focus in archery. You experience a variety of bows such as laminate, take down and traditional longbow.
This is not a class where we use power tools to fashion the perfect bow out of the perfect stave split from exotic trees. This is a practical course with practical blade tools that you may likely possess in a wilderness living situation. We begin with a branch size stave of locally harvested wood. Our focus is learning to craft bows that can be useful in a true outdoor survival setting. Through this you build the foundations necessary to cultivate a true understanding of advanced bow making techniques.
Bow Making Basics
Other schools' bow making classesTheir Class We recognize the inherent flaws in many bow making courses. Instead of first learning to work with locally found materials they use exotic wood purchased from a dealer. Then the instructor initially shapes the stave on a band saw. All that's left for the student to do is a little tillering. Unfortunately the staves are frequently removed from the hands of the participants for the instructor to fix mistakes. We believe this quest for unrealistic perfection does not necessarily create an environment conducive to learning a living art such as bow making.
Trackers bow making basicsOur Class Learning means failing, succeeding, then failing and succeeding again. We keep it real with locally harvested staves of hazel and vine maple. We know practice makes perfect. If you finish one bow your first day, we put you on another stave to explore the unique flex, bend and features of another wood. We work with realistic staves, wood with knots and imperfections. Let us be clear, we are not here to simply give you the perfect bow made mostly by our instructors. We teach you how to craft a useful tool from local materials, deepening your personal bow making skills and connection to the land.
Ages Adult Bow making. Basics for Wilderness Survival
• Make one or more bows from local materials
• Learn how to make a bow in a survival situation
• The art of tillering with confidence
• Functional woodworking skills
• Bow types and qualities of different woods
• Recognize natural defects in wood and learn how to work them, ex. knots, twists
• Learn the importance of proper design and profile
• Walk away with a clear understanding of bows and the ability to take the skills much farther
Core Survival Courses
Wilderness Survival & Outdoor Basics This is 7-hour course serves as inspiration and introduction into the world of Wilderness Survival and Primitive Skills. It teaches the basic skills required for our Pathfinder Certificaiton and Rangers Guild: Survival Level 1 and beyond.
9-month Immersion Join us 1-weekend a month for 9-months and immerse yourself in learning survival and primitive skills. This program gives you thorough training in the fundamentals along with bridging into more advanced arts of wilderness living.
Shelter & Firemaking Overnight Shelter and firemaking are among two of the most important skills in a wilderness survival and primitive living situation. In this weekend overnight we cover each topic in great detail through expert advice and hands-on learning.
Specialty Survival Courses
Bow Making Basics This course covers crafting your own bow out of locally harvested materials and how to hew wood with simple blades and knives.
Hide Tanning Basics This 2-days teaches you the ancient art of turning rawhide into soft leather that can be crafted into clothing, tools and other DIY projects.