Bow Making

October 14, 2018 – October 20, 2018

Brian Persico and Kyle R. Garnett

During this workshop students learn to make a bow by beginning with a log. After learning the history of the bow and archery, you will work the staves of osage orange with a chalkline and hatchet followed by a drawknife and rasp. Once shaped, participants will tiller the bow to adjust the bend by eye so that it flexes evenly and perfectly across its entire length. Students will also learn to make bowstrings, antler or horn details and protect their bows with the appropriate finish. As time permits, the class will cover more advanced, composite bows which combine horn and sinew with wood to make exquisite shooting characteristics. The course ends with an archery tournament on Friday afternoon. Open to all skill levels.


Brian Persico creates one-of-a-kind traditionally crafted furniture and objects, carefully made by hand in his studio. Inspired by natural materials and informed by craft throughout history, he is known for creating simple and functional pieces that will last. Persico graduated from Pratt Institute with Highest Honors with a Bachelors Degree in Industrial Design. He was featured in Complex Magazine’s “25 Young Designers to Watch” in 2012, and in the American Design Club Show, Threat, in 2011.

Brian Persico

Kyle R. Garnett is a resident of Red Hook, Brooklyn and was formally trained as a printmaker at Pratt Institute. Throughout the years, he has found himself in wood shops, theaters and site build-outs. While working in a wood shop with Brian Persico, he learned how to craft bows from single staves of wood. The two have worked side-by-side through the years and Garnett assisted in teaching a bow making class at Arrowmont in 2016.

In order to complete your registration, a $300 deposit is required.

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