Bow Building Workshop

Wickiup Hill Learning Center, Linn County

Saturday, September 18, 2021

Learn the nearly lost art of bow building under the guidance of an experienced instructor during a special workshop. See the article on page ??? for more information. Cost: $230 per person. Pre-registration is $30 with a deadline is September 8th, the remaining $200 must be mailed and received by Sept. 14.  

Over time, many types of building skills have been lost to modern manufacturing. A skill that is still used today, as it has been for generations, is bow building.  If you have an interest in building your own bow built from one piece of wood, also known as a selfbow, with the help of an experienced instructor, this is your chance. The style of bow is also referred to as a longbow.  

Gene Winter has been building bows for many years and will be sharing his skill with workshop participants during the course which will be held on Saturday, September 18, plus Sunday, September 19 from 8am – 4:30pm. The workshop will be held at Wickiup Hill Learning Center.  

Workshop cost is $230 per person which includes one stave. Additional staves may be purchased for an additional cost. Pre-registration by September 8 is required with a $30 deposit, with the remaining $200 check made out to Winter Bow Shoppe and secured at Wickiup by Sept. 14. Contact Chuck at 319-892-6485 for details.  Class size is limited. Bow building typically requires the manual dexterity of someone high school age or older. Expect to work hard outside, dress accordingly and bring a pair of leather work gloves.  Bring a sack lunch with you each day, refrigerator and microwave are available to participants.

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An additional $200 check is required to build a bow - call for details.


Bow Building Workshop


Saturday, September 18, 2021 - Sunday, September 19, 2021
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM


Wickiup Hill Learning Center
10260 Morris Hills Rd
Toddville, IA 52341
Conservation Education Team Naturalist, Chuck Ungs 319-892-6485
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Adults - $30.00