Make an English long-bow with Gavin Pond

Wood, carving and turning

Ref: SLW11212

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About this course

Laminate the stave from timber, cut and shape the bow, attach the string and make a handle to complete your long-bow, then complete with a set of four arrows.

Course Description

On this course you will make a traditional English longbow.

In the first evening session, we will prepare to laminate the stave using Hickory, Purple Heart and Lemon Wood timber and make the string.

On the following day we will mark out our bows, cut and shape the rough dimensions and start tillering (bending the bow).  We will also fit the black Buffalo horn nocks.

Then we will finish tillering, sand, oil, attach the string and make the handle to complete your longbow. Before moving on to make a set of four wooden long-bow arrows, primarily assembling prepared shafts, fletching and adding the knocks and piles. 


Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above

Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.

6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).

8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.

Daily timetable

Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.

From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).

Evening working - students may have access to workshops, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.

Last day

Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.

Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.

(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)

Course Materials


  • The cost of the timber and strings for your longbow, and materials to make four arrows are included in the course fee.

What students need to bring

Please wear sturdy covered footwear in the workshop
Steel ruler and craft knife – if you have these
Abrasive papers if you have some (you can also purchase some in the College Craft Shop)
Block plane – if you have one; also provided for use in the workshop



Residential option available. Find out accommodation costs and how to book here.

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