Osage Orange Bowcrafting Workshops

Spring - Summer 2012

Weekend Osage Session No. 1 -  April 20th, 21st & 22nd 2012 - Friday, Saturday, Sunday, 8 am - 6pm daily

Weekend Osage Session No. 2 - June 29th, 30th & July 1st 2012 - Friday, Saturday, Sunday, 8 am - 6pm daily

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 Handcraft and complete a longbow of beautiful and rugged Osage Orange, the bow wood that has often been the first choice of North American harsh use bowhunters and field archers. Osage bows thrive in the rough conditions a bow must endure in wilderness use.

Traditional Self Osage Longbow crafting Instructional Workshops offered by Pacific Yew, Inc. at our shop and classroom site, 31604 SE Redmond-Fall City Rd., Fall City, Washington and conducted by Jay St. Charles, bowyer.

Mr. St. Charles, a full time working bowyer for over 15 years, has been conducting longbow crafting workshops since 1995 - with over 500 successful students in participation. A second generation yew bowyer and longtime student of the art, Jay is able translate his knowledge of the past into an enjoyable high content workshop experience.

The bows are self-backed in North American semi-flat style with horn tip overlays and crafted over three very full days - Friday, Saturday, Sunday. In the course of this all hands-on workshop, learn how optimize billet layout, effective splicing and gluing, bow layout, teaching your stave to bend, fine tillering with hand tools, reaching fine tiller in the irregular limb. Intended as a "jump-start" to crafting your own fine osage orange longbows. All materials supplied.

$795.00 per individual

Maximum 4 participants per session

Workshop fees covers osage bow stave, the use of all tools, sandpaper, finish, adhesives and other materials. No prior bowcrafting experience is required, only a strong interest in the fundamentals of building a Self Osage Longbow is needed. A deposit of $150.00 is required to comfirm workshop registration. Space is limited, so register early by email or phone. Visa and MSCD are welcome. Checks for your deposit should be made to "Pacific Yew, Inc." and mailed to Pacific Yew, Inc., P.O. Box 721, Fall City WA 98024.

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