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 Post subject: Introduction to Bowmaking Class
PostPosted: Fri Aug 26, 2011 6:00 pm 
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Hey all.

After threatening to do it for over a year and a half, I'm going to be teaching my first class on bowmaking.

The date is yet to be determined, as I want to make sure it doesn't conflict with the myriad of other events going on, but soon, hopefully September or early October. I'm going to be asking for feedback from interested parties as to what days of the week would work best; my preference would be either a monday and tuesday, or a thursday and friday.

The fee will be $60, $45 for the class itself and $15 for materials and the tools, both of which the student will keep at the end of the class. (the tools and materials, not the money.)

This class will be open to 6 students, and prepayment and registration is a must; this will most likely be happening through Eventbright.

As I haven't taught a class in a while, I'm going to be doing a one on one pre-class for half price with Elliot, so that I may fine tune the teaching materials and the flow of the class.

Elliot, if you're reading this, send me a p.m., so we can plan.

If you're an Elliot who has no idea what I"m talking about, disregard. =)

The class is going to cover the following:

a brief history of bows and archery in warfare and other uses

a brief survey of the types of traditional bows

a brief history of the English longbow, it's design, and construction

the American Flatbow, it's origin and design (This is the type of bow that participants will be making)

A description of the types of design variations and additions that can improve the look and performance of an american flatbow, but that will not be taught as part of this introductory class

Types of wood used for wood bows, and their characteristics

The plusses and minuses of red oak, which will be the wood used for this class

Tools used for bowmaking, including hand tools and power tools

How to execute the design and construction of a red oak american flat bow using the described tools, materials and design.

A brief description of what archery "tackle", or gear, is needed to actually use a bow, including bow strings, arrows, forearm protection (vambraces), finger protection (archery tabs or shooting gloves), quivers, and bow cases.

My plan is for the class to take place over the course of 6 hours, split into 2 sessions of 3 hours each.

Each participant will be provided with all the materials and tools needed to make this bow.

The materials will include exactly one red oak board per student, of dimensions 1.75" by .75" by 6', selected by me.

It is my plan for each student to end the second session by leaving with a fully functional bow.

Due to the fact that the students will be making the bow, and that wood under tension sometimes breaks, I can make no guarantee that this will be the case, but I will do my best as time, money, and materials allow.

The class will cover making this bow both with and without the use of power tools. The use of power tools will be optional for each student, with the caveat that while it's very easy to make a bow fast with power tools, it's also very easy to wreck one fast too.

Once the bow itself is completed, you will need at least a bow string and arrows to use it, at the barest minimum.

I might be teaching a class on arrow making, or "fletching", down the road, but that's a different kettle of fish.

Arrows can be bought locally, and I'll be providing information on that.

Strings can also be bought locally, but I will offer finished bowstrings as an option, seperate from the class, at a cost of $10, made by me.

If anyone is interested, please pm me with any questions or suggestions.

Cheers!

Riley

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 Post subject: Re: Introduction to Bowmaking Class, and hey, Elliot?
PostPosted: Fri Aug 26, 2011 8:01 pm 
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Sweet! Looks like a great class. Can we also pay in cash to you for registration?

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 Post subject: Re: Introduction to Bowmaking Class, and hey, Elliot?
PostPosted: Sat Aug 27, 2011 4:25 am 
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You can pay in cash, but rather than going to me, put it in an envelope marked "for the bow making class" or some such, with your name and contact info, and drop it in the metal donations box at the space.

Regarding class times, I'd also be willing to do it all in one day, on a saturday, like 1pm to 7pm, or somesuch.

This class won't require any glueing, so all in one day is totally doable; it's up to the students.

Once I find some consensus, I'll lock in the class date and time(s) and post it.

Riley

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 Post subject: Re: Introduction to Bowmaking Class, and hey, Elliot?
PostPosted: Fri Sep 02, 2011 8:25 pm 
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Ok, Riley has made a command decision; the class will be a 6 hour class, taking place on Saturday, October 8th, from 1 to 7 pm.

Fee: $45 class fee, $15 material fee, for a total of $60.

any questions, please pm me on here, or gmail me: rileyharrison at symbol gmail dot com

cheers!

Riley

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 Post subject: Re: Introduction to Bowmaking Class
PostPosted: Sun Sep 04, 2011 9:58 am 
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ok, this class has now been scheduled, for Saturday, October 8th, from 1 to 7 pm.

Blog post here: http://www.tcmaker.org/blog/2011/09/int ... ing-class/

Event signup here: http://bowyer101.eventbrite.com/

any questions, let me know, and thanks!

Riley

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 Post subject: Re: Introduction to Bowmaking Class
PostPosted: Mon Sep 05, 2011 9:11 pm 
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I've heard from several people that they aren't going to be able to attend this class.

As this is my first class, and I really want to make it work, I'm willing to do it one on one with any interested parties as our mutual schedules permit.

Please let me know if this is of interest to any of you.

Riley

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 Post subject: Re: Introduction to Bowmaking Class
PostPosted: Sat Sep 10, 2011 3:33 pm 
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Heads up, only 4 seats left, most likely 3 after today.

Riley

class signup at: bowyer101.eventbrite.com

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 Post subject: Re: Introduction to Bowmaking Class
PostPosted: Fri Sep 23, 2011 4:00 pm 
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Due to popular demand, I have scheduled an additional date for the introduction to bowmaking class.

Here's the link:

http://www.eventbrite.com/event/2237147368

Tell your friends!

If you have any questions, email me if you have my addy, pm me if you don't.

Riley

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 Post subject: Re: Introduction to Bowmaking Class
PostPosted: Tue Oct 04, 2011 12:25 pm 
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still 5 seats left in the overflow class.

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 Post subject: Re: Introduction to Bowmaking Class
PostPosted: Sat Oct 08, 2011 9:43 pm 
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Just wrapped up my first class.

Went about 2.5 hours over. I thought this might happen, and I was right.

I have to say, this was wicked fun, and I want to do it again.

For the most part, the class was a success.

5 people attended, and out of those 5, we got 2 bows done for sure, 2 bows that will most likely be done after adding some reinforcement to the handle area, and one catastrophic failure.

I'm going to be doing some subtle tweaks to the design I'm using for this class that should address the sturdiness issue.

I've invited the 3 students who have work remaining on their bows to come back as my guest to finish their bows. I stated that it was my intention that everyone leave with a finished bow, and I think this will help fulfill the spirit of that.

I still have 6 seats remaining in the Saturday, October 22nd class.

Riley

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