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Bowmaking

All classes are held in Rincon Valley, Santa Rosa, California

Sign up (all classes): please go to SIGN-UP PAGE to reserve your time.
Email us with any questions:   archery@sonic.net
The Calendar page shows fun, group events here and in the general area.

BOWMAKING  WORKSHOPS

SUMMER BOW CAMP SPECIAL  Aug 16 thru 26 (scroll down)

The bowmaking workshops are a series of sessions where you reserve time to work on your project. We have group, family or individual sessions. The plan for each project depends on what you want to do and what skills & materials you need to get it done. For all bowmaking classes:

Weekday and weekend classes are available year-round to fit your schedule. Please email to reserve your preferred dates and times or use the “sign-up page” on this website. We will email confirm with directions and parking.
Cash or check payable to Mark Smith at start of class.

SUMMER  BOW  CAMP  SPECIAL

This is our summer bowmaking week, open to upper teens & adults. This class combines the 3 main bowmaking classes (orientation, craft and arrows classes). Expect an experience rich in history, methods, art and science – welcome to all skill levels – plenty of workspace – and indoor/outdoor shooting range. There will be several projects (just like yours) overlapping throughout the week – pick any 2 to 4 days that fit your schedule, between Aug 16th and Aug 26th. All Bow Camp days are 9am to 7pm (choose your hours & break times). We are located in Rincon Valley off Hwy 12 East of Santa Rosa CA. Backyard camping available on site with tent space, community camp stove provided, outdoor eating area and clean water. Bow Camp Special pricing includes all materials, tools & guidance – You make 1 bow and 6 arrows:  
$197 Native Plains Longbow, beginner skill level
$207 Native Plains Longbow, beginner skill level, long length
$227 Modoc Hunting Bow, intermediate skill level
$347 Bamboo Reflex Deflex, advanced skill level

BOWMAKING  – Orientation   

This is where we start if you want to make a bow and you do not have previous experience or you want to engage in advanced bowmaking. We don’t make things in this class, we learn how it’s done & what to expect. The class reveals a “how & why” to one of our most ancient method arts. We compare wooden bows & arrows to factory made materials and review what skills & behaviors are required to make wooden bows. Along the way, we will cover some history, science, art and primitive skills. Demonstration & evaluation will be hands-on, using woodcraft tools, tiller sticks and trying out a few bows. We arrive at your measure and choose the right project that matches your size, crafting level, shooting level and expectations. This class is not required before making a bow, but highly recommended for the first time archer and first time bowmaker.
$30 Bowmaking Orientation class 
Time: 4hrs typically 9am-1pm,  or  3pm-7pm

BOWMAKING  – Craft 

Here is where we focus on creating your bow. Archery proficiency is not required, but basic shooting skill will come in handy. The bow staves are prepared to different levels of completion, so people can select & complete a bow within their skill level. We will methodically teach the wood to bend perfectly by repeating the crafting process: exercise/measure/scribe/tiller. Tillering is removing shavings of wood in just the right place in just the right amount. We will explore several methods, hand tools and work techniques to shape the limbs and handle. When the bow reaches the desired performance, we will seal the wood. Stock bow materials are straight-grain seasoned hickory and heat-treated planed Moso bamboo. Class hours are flexible, we take lots of tiny breaks and you can come & go. We recommend reserving 2 long  days or 4 short days. Bring your snacks or there are grocery & restaurant services about a half mile away. We have an outdoor sitting space, cooking area and water available. NOTE: The work will require hand & finger strength endurance, ample fortitude and keen attention to small changes. Adult size helpers are required for youth bow projects.
Bowmaking Craft classes
$100 Youth bow, adult helper required
$147 Native Plains Longbow, beginner skill level
$157 Native Plains Longbow, beginner skill level, long length
$177 Modoc Hunting Bow, intermediate skill level
$297 Bamboo Reflex Deflex, advanced skill level
Time: 20hrs, any day, example: 2 days 9am-7pm  or  4 short days   

BOWMAKING  – Arrows and Tuning 

This class is open to all folks that need traditional arrows. Some basic shooting skill is required. Arrows carry their own chapter of science; and require the archer & bow to prove the right arrow for the best flight. Your tests may point to adjusting brace height, nock height, arrow length, arrow weight, arrow spine, making a bowstring, shooting technique and so on. After we dial-in the bow and find your arrow recipe, we make six Port Orford cedar arrows with Trueflight feathers. Extra arrows and hunter practice sets are available. Bring your notepad; there will be lots of detail regarding your parts & specs, accessories, tournaments and more.
$60 Arrow and Tuning class
includes 6 fieldpoint premium arrows
add $10/bowstring, $6/extra arrow, $9/broadhead
Time: 4hrs, typically 9am-1pm,  or  3pm-7pm

ARCHERY  LESSONS

In the archery classes we teach the traditional longbow style, involving the grounded stance, breathing techniques and the inherent safety – comfortable & fun for all ages and all abilities.    

Weekday and weekend lessons are available year-round.
When it rains we shoot indoors.
Go to SIGN-UP PAGE to reserve your lesson time.
Cash only at this time.

GENERAL  Archery

All equipment is included and lessons are either a half hour or an hour by appointment only. To get started, we acquaint our new archers with equipment and range safety. Then we select the proper size equipment and begin the basic steps of shooting (indoors). With continuing sessions we develop your skills, play some fun archery games, and progress to the outdoor range or moving targets.
$25/hour (or $15/half hour)  

INTERMEDIATE  Archery

General archery starts with the equipment, safety and the basic steps of shooting. Depending on student goals, we may progress to instinctive shooting – or advanced classes where we learn tuning the bow & arrows for best flight – or introduction to bowhunting & equipment design.  
$25/hour (or $15/half hour)  

CERTIFIED  Archery  Classes

We offer merit classes for Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts, proficiency & record book projects for 4H, and achievement classes for Junior Olympic & Adult Olympic programs  – All available for your organization, family or individual. Email or call for group rates.  
$25/hour (or $15/half hour)

SPECIAL  EVENT  Archery  Classes

We offer scheduled classes for your school or organization – from youth to seniors. All equipment and targets are included – set up in your space. For the curious, we can add a weekly short session connecting the history, art and science of archery.

And yes! We offer archery experiences for birthday parties, corporate team builds, and other special events. Please check our calendar, email us your desired date and how many people are participating, and we will make a one-of-a-kind experience for you and your group. 
Email or call for detail and planning.