The Primitive Archer is our premier bow making course and is an important part of our Master Hunter Program. This course will teach the beginner student how to create a bow from scratch with primitive materials and limited tools. The student will not only learn primitive methodologies but you will also incorporate some more modern tools such as custom draw knives and other useful tools that can be utilized to create beautiful bows on your own.
Mike Yancey is our instructor for the course and is one of the most renowned bow makers in this part of the country and is responsible for thousands of self bows in his lifetime. He is the owner of Pine Hollow Longbows and it is one of the most successful primitive bow making companies in the world! Mike not only understands how to make bows from scratch with nothing but your survival knife but he also makes custom works of art for archers all over the world. So you will not only learn effective survival info but also get some info on how to make more elaborate bows once you have mastered the more basic skills.
Our instructor Mike has taken large and small game including: turkey, coyote, bobcat, mule deer, whitetail deer, elk, antelope, wild hog, javelina, caribou, black bear, and almost all types of small game ! He has decades hunting experience with the primitive bows all over North America, Cananda, and Alaska. If your interested in learning more about Mike’s background then visit our Instructor’s Page for details.
The course will take place over 3 days and you will construct at least one complete self bow from start to scratch and if there is time left then you will begin construction of another. Many students easily create two long bows for themselves within the class period. Students will have the option of choosing from two different types of woods: Osage Orange ($100)and Hickory Staves ($50) and staves will not be included in the cost of the course. You will purchase those on site from Mike at the course so bring cash for purchase. But if properly cared for and constructed you may get a lifetime’s use out of your creation. All students are guaranteed to complete at least one complete bow!
Date: Sept 27-29, 2013
Location: Huntington, AR Survival camp
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Items Needed: Overnight camping gear (or stay in local hotel), hatchet, wood rasp, good large fixed blade knife (your main tool), outdoor clothing, bug repellant, and check our Recommended items list for more info!
Instructor: Mike Yancey (Owner of Pine Hollow Long Bows)
Material Fees: Student will be required to purchase a stave. These staves are pre-dried for two years and in perfect working condition. Osage Orange ($100) and Hickory ($50)
Cost: $295 Early Registration or $345 Late Registration