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Classes

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

Sign up (all classes): please go to SIGN-UP FOR LESSONS page to reserve your time.
Our Calendar page shows fun, group events here and in the general area.
The bowmaking classes (multi-day sessions) are not posted on our website Calendar – the block-out days are listed below, under Bowmaking. Email us for information about bowmaking classes.     archery@sonic.net

 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 FOR LESSONS page to reserve your lesson time.
Cash or check payable to Mark Smith at start of class.

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.

 

BOWMAKING  CLASSES

The crafting 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.
Weekday and weekend classes are available year-round to fit your schedule. Please email to reserve your preferred dates and times.
Class dates NOT available are: all Thursdays,  July 14-27,  Aug 11,  Sept 7,  and  Oct 9-20
We will email confirm with directions & parking.
Cash or check payable to Mark Smith at start of class.

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 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, weekdays or weekends, i.e. 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