Flatbow Course

Flatbow Making course
Flatbow Making Course

Flatbow Bows

Course run by Barebow Archery with professional Bowyer Ben Perkins.

You will be making a Howard Hill style Flatbow made out of several timbers, Bamboo and Glass laminations, depending on draw weight.


The course is 2 days long, this allows you plenty of time to digest the syllabus, and complete your bow to a high spec without rushing.

Laminate bow made out of 2/3 laminations depending on draw weight.

Timber choices will be discussed in advance of the course.

The syllabus

How to select the correct timber and glass for the desired weight of bow and examining for imperfections.

Using power/hand tools to shape your bow riser and limbs.

How the preparation of laminations is carried out.

The method of gluing up the laminations into a stave.

Shaping the bow and tillering correctly.

Tillering the bow and hitting chosen draw weight correctly.
Fitting and shaping Micarta nocks.

Clear coat finishing.
Making the Flemish Twist string.

Shooting the bow.

Bow weights 40-100lb can be crafted on the course.

All tools and material needed for the course will be provided.

You will be using timbers that have been hand selected from woodlands that work in conjunction with:-

 “The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora”.

This course is a personal, private, custom tailored class held in Ben's workshop.

You will have a unique experience crafting your traditional bow and leave with a piece of art at the end.

Course fee ·£400.00


Alternatively you can make a bow out of exotic timber as above - Prices on request.

Contact us for availability