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The Art of Bowmaking

March 5, 2018 @ 9:30 am - March 9, 2018 @ 5:00 pm



Monday, March 5th to Friday, March 9th

INSTRUCTOR: Shaun Mellor

Making your first bow from start to finish can be a little intimidating, but with the right instruction and some determination, anyone can make a capable bow first shot. In this class you will take a seasoned stave and transform it into a long-lasting bow using only had tools.  We will cover wood qualities, seasoning, and of course all the steps included in making your own bow.  Students will walk away from this class with a competent understanding the bow making process as well as the bow they made in the class.

LOCATION: Aprovecho Meeting Hall, Downstairs classroom)

TUITION: $300-$350 Sliding Scale



shaunABOUT SHAUN: Over past few years, I have put a high priority on nature connection and skill-building. I started this journey in 2012 at Alderleaf Wilderness College. After graduating from their nine-month immersion, I went on to spend another nine months at Alderleaf as an apprentice. After my apprenticeship, I taught as an instructor Trackers Earth in Portland, OR. In March of 2016, I travelled to Twisp, WA, to study more primitive skills with Lynx Vilden. There I spent from March to July tanning hides, potting clay, making baskets and bows, harvesting and preserving wild food, building a stone and bone tool kit, turning hides into clothing, and all other preparations needed to go on a three-week, stone age, backpacking trip. Since then, I have continued to teach and further my skills. I am always on the quest to continually grow, learn, and share what I have learned with others.

Find out more about our workshops here!


March 5, 2018 @ 9:30 am
March 9, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
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80574 Hazelton Rd.
Cottage Grove, 97424
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