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 definately 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.

Sold Out! Bow Making Workshop - Mike Yancey and Ed Scott

Comprehensive Bow Building Class

Osage Orange Self Bow Building 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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Sold Out!
Bow Making Workshop With: Ed Scott and Mike Yancey

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

For the first time ever, Mike Yancey and Ed Scott are joining forces to offer a rare bow making opportunity. This bow making workshop will be five full days of hands-on bow building.  Each student will work under the watchful eyes of Mike Yancey and Ed Scott, two seasoned masters of their craft. 

While you're there, you'll build two complete bows - that you take home.  One bow will be crafted following the methods of Mike Yancey and one the methods of Ed Scott.   Taking a bow making class from bowyers like Mike and Ed will take years off of the normal learning curve that someone who just tries to figure it out by themselves would experience.

Taking a class from two experts in the field, well it just does not get any better than that. 

Every step of the way, you'll have access to both of these talented bowyers and learn multiple ways of dealing with the challenges of coaxing a bow into perfect tiller.

In this class you will learn as much about self bow building and sinew backing that can be absorbed in a five day session.  You'll learn the entire process of taking a stave that was split from a tree all the way through the various steps to the creation of a well tillered (and decorated if you choose) shootable primitive bow.  Then you'll do it again!





For examples of Mike Yancey's bows look around on this website.

For examples of Ed Scott's bows visit http://www.edscott.us

Date: March 3-7 2014

Cost: $2,000 per attendee (You're going home with two bows too!)

Location: 3020 Pine Hollow Road, Van Buren, AR

Food: Lunch will be supplied each day.
(Breakfast and Dinner are the responibility of the individual.)

Lodging & Transportation: Are the responsibility of the individual.

Space is limited to 10 participants, so make sure to register soon.


Contact Mike (479-474-3800) or Ed (505-287-8134) for registration and additional details.

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

 




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Comprehensive Bow Building Class:



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

Imagine, five full days of one on one training with master bowyer Mike Yancey. By the time you complete your training, you’ll leave with one completed bow and one roughed out bow to finish at home. 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 five 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.

One week of one-on-one instruction, $1500.00

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

Note: I also offer bow building classes where I travel to your location.  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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