We specialize in traditional bow making and in introducing people to the art of making a wooden bow. Participants are introduced to how to make archery equipment with master bowyer and teacher, Clark Dennill. This is the Archery, Crossbows and Arrows category of information.A variety of free woodworking plans to build crossbows, archery bows and arrows. Arrows - Fletching by Hand  I started to make my own arrows just about the time I finished my first primitive bows. Bow, Cordage Backed  I had always been intrigued by the meticulous workmanship that went into Inuit (Eskimo) cordage backed bows. Bow, Cross - Repeating (PDF)  These Popular Mechanics plans are for a wooden crossbow. Bow, Distance Flight (PDF)  These Popular Mechanics plans are for a long range flight bow. Bows, A foolproof method of tillering  The purpose of this article is to present a simple, systematic method for checking the tiller (evenness of bending) and draw weight of a wooden bow before you even string it. Crossbow, Build your own  It was the hot setup during the Crusades, and it is going through a new revolution today, including diagrams, piece by piece, fact and fiction, patterns, assembly directions.
LongBow  More so than is the case when building an American Flatbow, the traditional English Longbow requires more skill, as it is much more inclined to break. Native American Longbow  At this link you will find American Woodshop with Scott Philips as he walks you through the process of building a Native American Longbow.
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Their handmade wooden bow ties have garnered attention from local boutiques and specialty shops. The process from stave to finished yew bow is demonstrated as well as making arrows spined to match a yew wood bow. This may conjure up an image of a guy with a new bow, looking at it and scratching his head. These hunters of the North put the same craftsmanship into their bows that went into all their hunting weapons.
If you can find or borrow a saw, that will help you cut the bow staves and will work out better than chopping and breaking them off at the base.
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He took those talents into a small woodshed in his mother’s backyard and started shaping chunks of mahogany and walnut wood. Individual progress on bows is largely determined by the experience the student brings to the process. A person practicing archery is called an archer, and one who is fond of or an expert at archery is sometimes called a toxophilite.
The construction information at these links ranges in quality so choose instructions that make your building skills. He is Clark Dennill, woodworker, furniture maker extraordinaire, bowyer, woodsman and much more! Clark left me a little nonplussed when he handed me my chosen billet (top quality slow-grown BC yew) and a hatchet, and suggested 'now let's see what's in there -get to know that stave'.
I spent the following four days finding out, under his patient, knowledgeable and truly expert tutelage. From the background of an obviously happy home, each of them made my week in their company into something much more than the sum of its days. Their calm kindnesses and their capacity to enjoy each day left has left a lasting impression.
There were times when Clark's perfectionism required him to take the scraper and say 'try it this way'. For anyone who wants to experience the unique pleasure of shooting a bow made by your own hand, Clark's workshop deck has to be one good place to make it.
Apart from his beautiful bows, each with its own story, his furniture pieces exude craft and almost Oriental attention to detail. Your positive support, encouragement and hands-on assistance turned at least one crude tree chopper into a novice bowyer. Coming back to the sport of target shooting, as we both did last year, we have found it to be an incredibly rewarding experience. While I, personally, have been drawn to the modern equipment of Olympic-style archery, my father has always reminded me of the glory and romance of the old English longbow.
He has considered building his own bow for a very long time, so I felt he was in need of a little nudge. How perfect, then, to learn that there was a skilled bowyer in the heart of British Columbia who could help us both craft a lovely bow from a simple stave. Our 6 days with Clark in his workshop were, without a doubt, the most calm, contented, and gratifying days that I have had in a very long time. It is very difficult to describe the moment of joy when you first shoot the bow that you have crafted.


I most sincerely recommend Clark's workshop to any and all who love archery so that you can have the same experience that we did. That didn’t turn out to be a problem at all because Clark demonstrated, and explained, how to use the tools and walked me through building a bow step by step. It was exciting to sculpt the bow from the raw stave watching it slowly take shape each day.
Clark kept a close eye on my progress, making sure I didn’t get too carried away with my scraping or shaving and helping me with the particularly tricky bits.
For a change of pace, some days we would make arrows and do some shooting out the back of the workshop. I must admit I was feeling somewhat skeptical; most of the things I have made have broken or not worked at all. I learned a lot at the workshop, not only how to make and finish a fantastic bow but also how to make arrows from scratch, make a string, how to use and care for tools, and also I made a lot of great new friends.
It only follows that we sought to have traditional yew longbows like the original English selfbows.
Not knowing what to expect, we drove from Reno, Nevada to Nakusp (1024 miles) and spent a week in Clark's shop. Fashioning our own longbows out of nearly priceless staves of yew wood was one of the best experiences of our lives.
The experience was worth it just for the tutelage in traditional woodworking with hand tools.
It was a relatively intense week of problem solving and bowyering, but sculpting those bows out of the staves of yew was fascinating, fun and very rewarding. We left Nakusp with two very beautiful high performance bows and a profound appreciation of Clark's ability as a bowyer and woodworker. If you are feeling stressed out, and have not spent any quality time with a loved one and could use some beautiful scenery and a excellent cup of coffee, you might try building a yew longbow with Clark Dennill. I consider the tuition for Clarks' workshop to be one of the best values there is to be found.



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