Bow Classes


Now you can make beautiful self bows like these when you sign up for a bow building class with Mike Yancey
If you'd like to make your own wood bows, why not learn from someone with years of experience?
  Chances are it will save you from the heartbreak of broken first attempts... It definitely shortens your learning curve - and it's fun!

Mike Yancey has been teaching the bowyer's craft for years.  He is a master of his craft. Mike not only knows how to build amazing primitive bows of all kinds, he is also a gifted teacher.  His never ending patience and ability to communicate his craft clearly is appreciated by all his students.

If you want to learn how to make self bows, sinew backed bows, rawhide backed bows, etc. consider enrolling in one of Mike's bow building classes.  You'll even get a bow out of the deal.

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Mike offers several classes, you can scroll down this page or click on the links below for specifics on the various classes.

Note: All deposits and payments for bow classes are non-refundable.

One-On-One with Mike Yancey Bow Building Classes

Osage Orange Self Bow Building Class

Sinew Backed Osage Selfbow Class


Congratulations to Logan Mays!
He took this deer with one of the bows he made at Mike Yancey's class earlier this summer. Look below, you can see Logan in the middle of the picture on the right when he graduated from Mike's bow making class. He made a great bow, and now he made meat with it.  That's what it's all about!  Well done Logan.


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One on One with Mike Yancey - Bow Building Class:



Learn to build beautiful and effective primitive bows like the ones pictured here!

Imagine, four and a half days of one on one training with master bowyer Mike Yancey at his shop in Arkansas. By the time you complete your training, you’ll learn Mike Yancey's proven method of bow building. You'll leave with one completed bow and another bow that you will rough out and sinew back - then finish later at home after the sinew cures. It doesn’t get any better than this!

You’ll learn all basic bow building techniques plus:


• Snake Skin Backing


• Sinew & Rawhide Backing


• Tillering Secrets


• Painting & Finishing


• Heat Bending Wood


• Bowstring Making


This intense class of bow making with Mike Yancey is an investment in your bow building future. Mike’s easy going style and complete knowledge of so many different techniques of bow building ensures that you’re going to learn everything you can absorb about the art of self bow making in four and a half days.




You’ll work right in Mike’s shop, lunch will be provided. Lodging and transportation will be
the responsibility of the student. Special rates have been arranged with two hotels in Van Buren, a short 5-minutes from the shop.

Four and a half days of one-on-one instruction with Mike Yancey, $1800.00

Please call 479-474-3800 for dates and availability.

Note: I also offer bow building classes where I travel to your location and/or hunt combos.  Prices vary depending on the distance of travel as well as the size of the class. I prefer a place that I can hook up a travel trailer, please call 479-474-3800 for more info.

Note: All deposits and payments for bow classes are non-refundable.
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Osage Orange Self Bow Building Class:


Who hasn't heard that Osage Orange is an awesome wood for self bows?  On one hand, it's an amazing wood, but it can be tricky to work.  Like most things that are worth doing, learning to work with Osage can take years of trial and error - OR - you can learn from someone who can share all the techniques and insights that make working with Osage a treat rather than a torture.

This class offers three days that are "All About Osage."  You'll start with an Osage stave then learn the best techniques for getting the back down to one growth ring and how to work around and with the inherent waves, dips, and dives that naturally occur in Osage.

You'll learn all the nuances of working with Osage including:
  • Laying out
  • Roughing out
  • Floor tillering
  • Fine tillering
  • Balancing
  • Smoothing - boning
  • Final finishing
  • String Making
You’ll work right in Mike’s shop, lunch will be provided. Lodging and transportation will be the responsibility of the student. Special rates have been arranged with two hotels in Van Buren, a short 5-minutes from the shop.

Three days of "All About Osage" one-on-one instruction, $875.00

Please call 479-474-3800 for dates and availability.


Remember to contact Mike to see what dates are available.
The year fills up fast so schedule early.


Note: All deposits and payments for bow classes are non-refundable.

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Congratulations to Mark Ruth on this fine whitetail buck he took
with a bow he made himself at one of our bow building classes.

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Sinew Backed Osage Selfbow Class with Mike Yancey

May 2-6 2016
Register early - Limited to 10 Students - These classes fill up fast!

Mike Yancey will be hosting a five-day sinew backed osage bow building class at the Pine Hollow Longbow shop in Van Buren AR May 2 - 6 2016.

Mike has been hunting with these kinds of bows for decades and has taken quite a variety of game. These clinics are designed to allow Mike to share virtually everything you could possible want to learn about building his style of sinew backed osage bows.

Not only will the entire process of building the sinew backed osage bow be discussed, finishing, decorating, and bowstrings will be covered in great detail. As a special bonus, Mike will cover the nuances of shooting and hunting with these bows as well.

This is the entire package. Learn to build the bows, care for them, and hunt with them.

During this class, each student will make their own a sinew backed osage bow that they will take home with them.

These group classes are great fun and a great way to gain a lot of bow making experience in a short time.

Lunch will be provided. There will be specials on supplies at the time of the clinics.

Cost to attend one of these clinics is $1,700.00. A $500.00 non refundable deposit can be placed any time to reserve your spot. The balance is due no later than March 1st 2016.

Lodging and transportation will be the responsibility of the student.

While there you can browse the showroom, shop and pick up bow staves or other supplies.

Note: All deposits and payments for bow classes are non-refundable.

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