Difficulty Rating: Level 2

The Primitive bow making course is our PREMIER archery course and this course will teach you how to build a bow for long term survival skills. Primitive bow building is a must have skill for all survival because it is by far the most effective weapon you can make in a  survival scenario. There is no more effective way to take small game than with a well built longbow, and having these skills means that anywhere you find yourself in the world, you will be able to build a functional bow capable of taking any sized game. These bows are functional killing machines and are capable of taking down the largest game in North America, guaranteed! The primitive bow making course will teach the beginner student how to create a longbow from scratch with primitive materials and limited tools. You will literally transform a tree into a beautiful and functional tool for taking down any size game in the woods! 


The course will take place over 3 days and from the first morning you will begin roughing out your stave and getting it to its rough dimensions. We will also cover how to make arrows, creating beautiful designs in the wood, sealing, string construction and much more! Every necessary component of survival archery will be covered in this class and you will be able to walk away with a complete archery kit that you made yourself. The bows will start out as rough staves and the students will have the option of choosing from two different types of woods: Osage Orange and Hickory. You’ll also have the option to get almost any accessory for your bow in the Pine Hollow Longbow pro shop. Mike has just about every bow building product you can imagine. If properly cared for and constructed you may get a lifetime’s use out of your primitive bow. This course is taught in all our Intensive Survival Instructor programs.

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FREE BOW BUILDING DVD WITH EVERY COURSE! During this course you will make your own bows, but when you get home we want to make sure that you have the info to advance your skills even further. Every student will receive the Pine Hollow Bow Making DVD that will cover a plethora of advanced bow making skills. This DVD will cover:Pine Hollow Bow Making DVD

  • Roughing Out the Bow
  • Forms and Heat Bending
  • Sinew Backing
  • Clay Backing
  • Tillering
  • Rawhide Backing
  • Tip Overlays
  • Artwork and Finish
  • Snakeskin Backing



Food and Water: Water will be provided and food is your own choice. We recommend quick field expedient meals such as our Camp Ready Meals or MRE’s. They can quickly be made at our primitive camps and won’t slow down the learning process. Our camp ready meals are the healthiest option on the market! You can ship these meals to the course location if you don’t want to carry them. We will store them until you arrive. There is also a Walmart and several local eateries within close drive!

Camp Ready Meals

Military MRE’s

Instructors: Robert Allen, Josh Hamlin, and Apprentice Instructors

Length: 3 days/2 nights

Minimum Recommended Equipment: Fixed blade knife preferable a mora style knife, outdoor clothing, boots, overnight camping gear, small backpack, leather gloves or work gloves. Check Recommended items list for more details!

Material Fees: You can pay via credit/debit card when you arrive. These staves are pre-dried for two years and in perfect working condition. Hickory Stave $100 or $150 Osage Orange. Course will include any other materials needed to finish bow.

NOTE: You are welcome to camp out the night before and after the class to save money on travel costs. Contact us to let us know your coming. Thanks!

For more Classes, Dates and Pricing, please check our Training Schedule!

Airport or Bus: If you are arriving by plane or bus, we will pick you up. Contact us to make arrangements!


March 20-22, 2015; Huntington, AR

May 1-3, 2014; Huntington, AR

July 11-15, 2015; Ridgeway, Virginia

November 13-15, 2015; Huntington, AR