About this course
Our Primal Bowyer course will run over 3 days giving you the theory, the history, and the skills into making this historical piece of weaponry.
Whether it was used for warfare, ceremonial or hunting purposes the bow has played an important part in our history.
Join us with Matthew Courtney – Jones from Cambridge longbows, a professional Bowyer who will pass on his skills to help you make your own seasoned Ash bow.
The course starts at 6pm on day 1, and ends around 2pm on day 3.
Come and learn the skills and make your own fully functioning working bow along with traditional arrows. Then try your bow out on our purpose built archery range.
What you need to know
All food, equipment, and professional instruction
All equipment will be provided for this course.
Depending on weather, it's sensible to come in clothes suitable for possibly wet and muddy conditions.
Please save your money and do not buy expensive kit. The more you know, the less you need to carry.
Suitable outdoor clothing (see below)
Sleeping bag with gortex bivvy bag or similar
Insulated sleeping mat
Knife, fork, spoon, mug, bowl and plate
Water bottle (1 litre mineral water bottle will do)
Torch with fresh batteries & spares
Wash kit & towel
Personal toiletries & medication (to include toilet paper, sunscreen, insect repellent and lip salve)
Tea or Coffee + whitener
Small first aid kit (plasters, bandages, headache pills etc.)
Spare change of clothing
Camera + Notebook + pen (optional)
Outdoor clothing should be tough and comfortable. Wearing several thin layers is better than a few thick layers. A waterproof jacket and several sweatshirts underneath are sufficient. Jeans should not be worn, as they are slow to dry, clinging and cold. Natural colours or camouflage will give you a better chance of spotting wildlife. Walking boots are ideal, but wellies in wet weather and trainers in dry weather will suffice.
Please pack your torch, antibacterial wipes/soap and insect repellent at the top of your bag.
The Outdoor First Aid course covers the long-term care of casualties in remote settings.
The course may be of particular use to those working in the outdoor industry and corporations in extreme environments.
Throughout the ages blacksmiths have forged and shaped steel.
Come join us on Primal Forge and learn the skills to forge Viking blades, fire steels, arrowheads, candleholders or just something special to take home.
Primal Foraging & Fermenting
Join us at Duncarran Medieval Fort for a stroll in the grounds and surrounds.
Learn how to spot wild edibles and ferment your wild plants, then take part in our interactive cooking workshop.
Build confidence in your own survival skills in a fun and safe environment
We work to the highest standards of safety and professionalism
Stories to remember
Take home memories and a renewed appreciation for the outdoors