Traditional Longbow Making 2 Day Courses


Organizer: Quirky Workshops

Name: Greystoke Cycle Cafe

Phone: 017684 83984




Penrith, Cumbria,
CA11 0UT

Price Notes

£180 inc lunch both days


On the C2C Cycle route 200 yds north of Greystoke village green, direction Blencowe. We welcome all cyclists and walkers and ask all those with cars to walk the 350yds from the village car park around the Greystoke Castle walls. We can offer parking in our driveway to cycle support vehicles and those attending our workshop days, Bus links to Penrith and Keswick. Penrith railway station 5 miles


During this course you will be making a longbow out of a single piece of ASH.

Nothing is laminated or glued.

During this two day course you will start with a selected quarter length of ash called a stave which will be reduced using the traditional axe and bill hook tools of yesteryear.

In time the students will each move onto a shave horse to use a draw knife and finally a spoke shave.. The stave or bow will then be 'tillered' or trained to bend with great care under Tony's watchful eye to ensure no one become over enthusiastic and ends up with nothing more than firewood!

Once the draw length of the bow is achieved suitable for the size of the maker, you can estimate the draw weight and start making the bow string to suit your bow and size.

At some stage we hope to run a YEW English longbow course - please let us know asap if you're interested. We would be glad to learn of any fresh suitable straight yew boughs available for sale.

Event Details

Start Date End Date Times
30/06/2018 01/07/2018 9.30-5
07/08/2018 08/08/2018 9.30-5