Would you like to make yourself a wooden Selfbow? A Selfbow is a bow made from a single piece of wood.
The bow we create is based on the Meare Heath Bow, an ancient wooden bow discovered in England. The Meare Heath Bow was dated to about 2600 BC and remains an archaeological mystery. Participants begin with a piece of sustainably sourced Nova Scotia white ash and create their own selfbow by carving and shaping the wood into a bow custom made for their draw length. The resulting bow is practical, simple, useable and should provide archery fun for many years.
The fee of $170.00 plus tax includes all materials, use of workbenches and tools, written instructions and personal hands-on instruction. Rodney also makes you a custom bowstring. Class size is limited, and participants can expect to complete their bow in three Saturdays or less.
Classes will be held at the Halifax Forum Farmers Market on Saturday mornings from 8:30 to 1:00, starting on June 10, 2017. We will ask that people who sign up for a class be prepared to commit to three consecutive Saturdays, which should be plenty of time to complete your bow. The classes will be ongoing, year-round.
The Halifax Forum Farmers Market is a traditional Saturday morning farmers market operated by a local Nova Scotia farm, Shubie River Vineyards of Maitland. The market is held in the bingo hall of the Halifax Forum. It is a full scale market with many vendors offering fresh produce, local meats, plants and flowers, craft beer, artisans, prepared food and coffee. There is plenty of free parking. The Halifax Forum is conveniently located in the north end of Halifax at Windsor and Almon Streets, and is also easily accessible from Dartmouth via either the McKay or MacDonald Bridge.
Rodney Spencer is a lifelong traditional archer and experienced bowyer. He is a Canadian Certified Level 1 Archery Coach and a Certified International Bowhunting Instructor.
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