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  • Ishi Bow
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  • Ishi Bow and quiver

Native American Bow Making - 24th to 26th August 2018.


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Location: Histon near Cambridge.

Time: Friday 7.00pm-Sunday 12.00pm.

Duration: 3 days. We will be camping in the wood for the duration of the course and you are welcome to join us or make other arrangements as necessary. Friday will be safety briefing and course content details and get some work done. We would look to start 9am Saturday and 9am Sunday. Finishing around 5pm Saturday and 12pm Sunday. Each persons abilities are different so you may want to start earlier and finish later on the Saturday. 

Participants: 6 people. This course is a very limited number of participants. Native American Bow making can be a complicated craft. Low numbers ensures we can help you better. If you are interested in this course please book early to avoid disappointment.

Ages: 18+. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Ishi (1861-1916) was the last known member of the Native American Yahi tribe from California in the United States. He lived most of his life isolated from Euro-American culture. In 1911, aged 50, he emerged near the foothills of Lassen Peak in Northern California. Ishi was taken in by anthropologists at the University of California, Berkeley, who both studied him and hired him as a research assistant. 

The work of the Anthropologists and Ishi has given given us enough information to build our own authentic Native American bows. Join us for a fun weekend and take away your very own Bow.

You will learn:

  • Selecting and harvesting bow wood.
  • Shaping and making a working bow. Painting your individual designs.
  • Arrow making.
  • Quiver making.

The course is suitable for

Suitable for individuals, families, groups of friends or colleagues and youth group leaders wishing to learn or improve their Bushcraft skills. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

What to bring/wear

Bring warm waterproof clothing. This is a self catering weekend you will need to bring your own meals and snacks. There will refreshments provided including tea, coffee and hot chocolate. Full kit list required will be sent via email.

Gift Vouchers

Gift Vouchers are posted out 1st class signed for. They are printed on high quality glossy card, ideal for a present and contain a unique voucher number. Buying a voucher does not reserve a place on the course. You will need to redeem the voucher using the voucher number and return a completed booking form to us. Once the booking form is returned and accepted by us, then your reservation for the course is secured. Booking is on a first come, first served basis. You may not get your preferred dates if you book late.

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