Bow Making Experiences

All of our bow making courses for 2020 are now fully booked

Matthew Yung who teaches our bow making courses has an infectious enthusiasm when it comes to manipulating the properties of wood to make an efficient and well designed bow.  This is a video of him making a bow in the woods.

1 Day Course

This course is designed to teach the skills required to make a bow and people on the course leave with a simple but fully functional and beautifully engineered bow made from hazel.  Everyone is also provided with an arrow so that they can use their bows.  This is a fantastic taster day and gives the opportunity to spend a day in the woods learning a new skill.  The course includes lunch and plentiful tea/coffee and cake/biscuits.

bow making course in the woods in devon (south west)

3 Day Course

This course provides the opportunity to make an impressive flat bow similar to the Holmgaard bows which were made around 5,000 years ago.  You start on day 1 with a quarter section of a length of ash.  After 3 days of whittling, tillering and working with the wood, you will have a bow that is not only a fully functional, but a beautiful object in it’s own right.  Camping overnight and all of the food that you require for your stay is included in the price along with plentiful tea/coffee and cake/biscuits.  For those who require a higher level of comfort, it is possible to book our cabin.


If you would like to give a bow making course as a gift, please let us know and we’ll send you a gift certificate to present on the special day.

The experience is fully catered using local produce cooked over our own charcoal.

We have a licensed bar for those staying over.

Although we always hope for good weather, we have sufficient undercover space to run this course in the dry in the case of rain.

We have a maximum of 6 people per course to ensure that everyone gets the tuition and attention that they deserve and we will never cancel a course once someone is booked on.

We are conveniently just off the A361 near Rackenford and directions can be found here:

Dogs are not allowed to attend our courses for environmental reasons.