Longbow making course

Last year on Mother’s Day I played truant. Actually it was for the whole weekend. I was in need of a break and I needed to do a little something for me. I took myself off to a longbow making course.

Betsy and her new arrows.

Betsy and her new arrows.

I had come across the workshop when visiting the Lost Trades Fair, a fantastic weekend showcasing many old and traditional methods trades, from bowyers to mowing(the scythe variety), hedging, armoury and countless other trades, many now falling into the realms of history only. It was a wonderful weekend.

Fast forward to the bow making weekend. I spent the Saturday evening staying with a friend and the days hanging out with my chosen bow, a farriers rasp and a lot of lovely people, all keen to make their own traditional longbow.

I’ve been planningย to make bows for my children but haven’t had the opportunity to buy the base for the bow. Without the necessary tools it’s a bit hard to get started. I finally got on to Lars’ website, the gentleman who taught the course and I sent him an email. Turns out there is a course on THIS WEEKEND in Trentham, Victoria, for anyone who is interested in learning to make a bow.

If you are considering learning the wonderful craft and sport of archery, I can’t recommend this course highly enough. The skills learned, the peace found, the friends made and so very much more, is worth every minute of the weekend. Not to mention, Trentham is a lovely place to visit. Check out Red Beard bakery if you get the chance. Awesome sourdough bread. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Let Lars know ASAP if you’re keen to attend the course. And make sure you say hi from me too. ๐Ÿ™‚


6 thoughts on “Longbow making course

  1. Yvonne says:

    Thanks for sharing this. I’ve saved the info for another time. My son-in-law and grandson would love the course I’m sure.

  2. foodnstuff says:

    Hi Jess, the link to Lar’s website didn’t work.

  3. Leigh says:

    Wow, what a great idea. Too bad the workshops are all so far from me!

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