Yew bow course


Italian Yew Bow


Course run by Barebow Archery with professional Bowyer Ben Perkins.

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

The course is 3 days long, this allows you plenty of time to digest the syllabus, and complete your bow to a high spec without rushing.

You will learn how to craft a bow using a premium, high altitude Italian yew stave. This is the same as the yew used at Azincourt, other yew timbers just arn't the same calibre.

The syllabus

How to select the correct stave for the weight and examining growth rings.

Using Bowyers hand tools, rasps, files, draw knife and scrapers.

Stripping back the bark to the creamy sap wood.

Selecting and chasing a chosen growth ring.

How to deal with knots, pins and holes if any happen to be in the stave.
Marking out and shaping the bow to Mary Rose dimensions.

Tillering the bow and hitting chosen draw weight correctly.
Fitting and shaping Cow or Buffalo horn nocks.

Clear coat finishing.
Making the Flemish Twist string.

Shooting the bow.

Bow weights 40-130lb 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 and collected by Ben from Italian Mountain woodlands.

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

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