Wooden Bow Making

For Adults

Linne Doran: Duvall, WA

Food Not Provided. Primitive Camping Available. Older Teens welcome.

Future Dates TBD

Registration Information

Shooting a wooden bow that you’ve made with your own two hands is a powerful experience. There’s been a resurgence in traditional bowmaking that we are excited to be a part of. In this weekend class, you’ll start with a hickory “bow blank” that is ready for you to start working on.

You’ll carefully remove wood, learning how to use tools effectively, until your bow is bending at a comfortable draw weight at your specific draw length. This is a focused, but exciting class that we are very excited to offer!

What’s Covered?

  • Learn the ancient art of tillering, fundamentals of woodworking.
  • Practice using tools efficiently, and tapping into our capacity for listening to wood.
  • Begin shooting a bow you made yourself!

Class Logistics

  • Class runs from 6-9pm Friday; 9am-5pm Saturday and Sunday
  • Students will need to bring a couple items for class (wood rasp, clamp, etc.)
  • Older teens are welcome to attend on a case-by-case basis; please contact the office.

By the end of the weekend you will have made your own wooden longbow with carved bow handles, as well as your own bowstrings!

Meet Your Instructors

Dan Corcoran

Dan Corcoran has worked with Wilderness Awareness School in many different roles over the years. He attended The Immersion Outdoor School in 2002, then The Immersion Leadership Program in 2003. After 7 years as a Kamana, Youth Program and Survival Instructor, he transitioned to the administration team supporting program and marketing. He is currently our Program Director. Dan has continued to be our Survival Skills Specialist; he teaches a variety of wilderness survival and primitive living classes for The Immersion at Wilderness Awareness School and the public. His passions include wilderness survival, bowmaking, hunting, and raising his two sons. Dan is a Kamana graduate, has a Level 3 Track and Sign Certification, and is a former member of King County Search and Rescue.

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