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Bow Making Year

1-weekend a month

Join our 9-month bow making immersion. Train in the art of bow making with experts. Work in multiple crafting methods from the advanced self-bow to a bamboo laminate longbow.

This is our adult bow making immersion program, we also offer a bow making program for youth.

Craftsperson & Archer

The Bows In most bow making courses you craft one bow. This program teaches you to make many different types. Building a diversity of bows develops the core skills of understanding wood and tillering—crafting the bow stave down to the symmetrical bend. In this course you make a minimum of four bows:

  • Flat Bow: A bow made from pre-selected wood.

  • Survival Bow: A bow you craft with simple bladed tools that can we replicated in a wilderness living situation.

  • Advanced Self Bow: A bow made from the highest quality stave of wood that intensively follows the grain.

  • Bamboo-Hickory Longbow: A laminate longbow made from hickory and bamboo.

  • Arrow Making Learn to craft your own arrows.

The Wood Different types of bows lead us to use different woods from a variety of trees. We include best practices for harvest, along with methods for sourcing material in a sustainable and healthy way.

Archery Form Crafting the bows go hand-in-hand with using them. Our indoor archery ranges makes it simple to work on archery form and accuracy during our crafting days at our studio space.

How it Works

Mentoring Weekends: Immersion students attend one monthly Saturday from September to May. If you also attend the Immersion Programs you get the Bow Making Immersion at a reduced cost.

Skills Evenings & Open Range: Immersion students and their immediate family get free admission to our Skills Evenings (every Thursday) and our Open Archery Range (every Thursday, Friday, Saturday) where you can loose arrows anytime. We highly recommend that you attend skills evenings or spend an additional 2-hours a week working on our course projects.


September - April
This program runs September to April. Studio days are usually from 9am-4pm.
9 Field Days + Community Events
One Sunday a month, 9am - 4pm. Check out the class schedule.

Attend Skills Evenings (Thursday) or Open Archery Range (Thursday, Friday, Saturday) anytime. The option of over 200 more hours of class time for the entire family at no additional cost.


Tuition is divided into nine monthly payments after a $50 deposit.

Monthly Payment Plan
$50 deposit, then nine monthly payments of $105 (total $995)
  • Multi-Weekend Immersion students taking multiple programs get a 10% discount.
  • Returning Immersion students get a tuition discount based on year of attendance.

Discounts typically cannot be combined. Contact Us to learn more.


All programs begin at the Trackers Scout Pit, 4617 SE Milwaukie Avenue, Portland, OR. Most crafting days are spent in our studio space with its array of available tools. At times we do travel to wilderness locations depending on the activity.

This program comes with...

  • Mentoring and guidance in the craft of lithic reduction
  • Working with expert instructors
  • Optional Skills Evenings, free every Thursday
  • Optional Open Archery Range, free every Thursday, Friday or Saturday

Class Schedule

Class averages one weekend a month from September to May. Actual times may vary with travel time to chosen day site.

September 23, 2017 Field Day
October 28, 2017 Field Day
November 18, 2017 Field Day
December 2, 2017 Field Day
December 9, 2017 Community Winter Celebration- Optional
January 6, 2018 Field Day
January 27, 2018 Field Day
February 17, 2018 Field Day
March 17, 2018 Field Day
April 28, 2018 Field Day