Ancestral Bow Making 2-Day Intensive


Jim-archery1The advent of archery marked a technological leap for humankind that began at least 10,000 years ago and quite possibly up to 64,000 years ago and that is still widely used today.

The bow and arrow was universally considered one of the quintessential survival tools among many, if not most, of ancient peoples around the globe.  Hunters and warriors alike depended on their ability to craft, use, and maintain their bows to defend and provide for their families.

In this class, you will reconnect with the ancestral knowledge of handcrafting a self bow from the materials that nature provides.

You will learn:


  • How to select and harvest a bow stave
  • The different properties of wood from native trees
  • How native Southern California people fashioned and used bows
  • Efficient use of simple and portable tools to hand craft a field ready bow within hours
  • How to finish and protect your bow using common and easy to obtain materials
  • To hand twine a bowstring from natural and synthetic materials
  • The fundamentals of stalking and moving silently in the wild
*This is a two day intensive class with the option of a back country camp out in the beautiful San Gabriel Mountains.  Campers are required to follow EarthSky People stealth camping guidelines:
**Registration is limited to 8 students and signing up early is highly recommended.
Class Date: Saturday & Sunday, October 21 – 22, 2017 (10am – 4pm) 


Early Bird (ends 9pm October 14th):………….… $175
Standard Registration ………………………………….. $195
Materials Fee ……………………………………………….  $25

***Additional details, including directions and what to bring, will be provided after sign up below.




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A great deal of staff time and expense is invested into the preparation and organization of individual classes. It is difficult and oftentimes impossible to recover costs and/or find a student to replace a cancelled registrant and so our cancellation and refund policies reflect this. Full refunds, minus $15 administrative fee for single day classes and a $30 admin fee for multi-day classes, are given to registrants who cancel with at least 7 days notice of the event. Cancellations made less than 7 days of the event forfeit a refund.


We understand that emergencies and unforeseen circumstances do happen.As such we offer the courtesy of transferring your fees to a different class within six months of the originally scheduled class minus the respective admin fee. For example, a single day $50 workshop cancelled the day before may be transferred to a multi-day $100 workshop the following month. The total balance due would be $60 ($100 multi day – $50 single day transfer + $10 single day admin fee). Cancellations made within 24 hours of the scheduled class start time and no-shows, forfeit the option of a fee transfer however a 20% off voucher may be given towards your next class of equal value.

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