Bowmaking - 3 Day Intensive

 Registration is closed for this event
Maybe you're an archer who loves hunting with a bow and arrow. Maybe you're a woodworker who would love to learn a new skill. Or maybe you're someone passionate about learning techniques for survival and self reliant living. Whatever the reason, this is your chance to learn how to make hunting-quality, wooden bow and arrows from scratch with your own two hands. You will leave with your own finished bow!


Over the course of three Sundays, each student will craft a wooden bow suited to their own height and strength and a handful of arrows. These hunting implements will be fully functional. Materials required for this will be provided by the instructor, however there are several essential tools which the student must supply (see below under Preparedness). Also, due to the fact that potentially dangerous tools will be utilized, safe tool use will be taught and strictly followed for the well-being of all participants.

Topics covered:
1.       Stave selection, initial shaping, and curing
2.       Crafting arrows
3.       Tillering and string construction
4.       Advanced tillering
5.       Shooting
Students must be able to use small hand tools. 
For safety’s sake, students must follow all directions and be respectful of the facilitator. Failure to do so may result in a non-refundable dismissal from the program.
Preparedness for the Class:
Students should come fully prepared to participate in hands-on, outdoor activities.
Things to bring:
·         lunch
·         notebook
·         writing utensils
·         camera
·         work gloves
·         a well-sharpened carving knife
·         a multi-tool
·         a coarse-toothed wood rasp or plane
·         a 4-in-1 hand rasp/file
·         a well-sharpened hatchet with a low bevel
·         long, sturdy, pants
·         close-toed shoes
Registered students will be notified of any other materials required for each individual day of class.

Class dates: Sundays October 31, November 14, and November 21st from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 

About the Instructor: 

Wilson Alvarez is a certified permaculture designer, inventor, gardener, skilled tracker, bowyer, nature-awareness instructor, and writer from Lancaster, Pennsylvania. For the past twelve years, he has studied and taught classes and workshops on bio-intensive agriculture, regenerative technology, foraging, hunting, trapping, tracking, and wilderness survival. Wilson has studied through the Wilderness Awareness School via the Kamana program, and he received his Permaculture Design Certificate via Susquehanna Permaculture.


Health and Safety

The Horn Farm Center is offering on-site educational programming with some modifications due to COVID-19. Multiple hand sanitizer stations are available. We will adjust as needed as time passes and things change.

In order to ensure the health and safety of our visitors, volunteers and staff, participant expectations are as follows:

  • Participants are required to bring a mask and wear it when indoors, regardless of vaccination status.
  • Do not attend if sick or recovering.

*Registration closes October 28, 2021.

*All programs are subject to change based on unforeseen circumstances including inclement weather. Participants will receive an email and phone call if there are any program changes or cancellations.  

*Parking is along the field above the farmhouse. 

*All payments for single day classes & workshops are non-refundable. Canceled registrations or no-shows will be considered donations unless Horn Farm Center cancels the program. Thank you for supporting regenerative farming and educational programs at the Horn Farm Center.

October 31st, 2021 9:00 AM to November 21st, 2021 4:00 PM
4945 Horn Road
York, PA 17406
United States
Event Fee(s)
Bowmaking Workshop Series $180.00