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Future longbow making courses

Courses, Equipment Posted on Wed, June 06, 2018 16:39

We are planning to run additional courses in support of the DCAA sport England grant project. These are open to all DCAA affiliated archers at a cost of £20. The bows made will form part of the counties longbow library, but the skills gained are yours to keep.

The county will also have longbow making tool kits available for use after the course if anyone wants to go onto make additional bows. If you want to make a personal bow then we can probably supply a laminated stave for £120 as long as the demand is not too high.

courses are planned for :
Saturdays 7th/14th July – course now full
Saturdays 18th/25th August – 2 places currently remaining

and we are planning 1 further course later in the year if the demand is there – date to be arranged when we have enough interest.

e-mail of you are interested in a place on a course.

Longbow making course – Day 2

Courses, Equipment Posted on Wed, June 06, 2018 16:28

Well the good news was that everyone came back for the 2nd day of the course!

The morning began with everyone filing string grooves into their shaped horn nocks and making a Flemish twist string of the right length.

They then all had the fun of trying to brace a bow that was still reluctant to bend much beyond bracing height.

The rest of the morning was spent completing the tillering process and getting the bows to about the right draw length and draw weight.

Over lunch we oiled the handle sections ready for a bit of light needlework to add a leather handle at the start of the afternoon session.

The rest of the afternoon was dedicated to the final tweaking of the limbs to achieve the perfect bow bend, plenty of sanding for beautifully smooth profiles, fitting the arrow pass and polishing the horn nocks.

Finally we ended the day with the final inspections, measurements and marking the bows before we completed each bows birth certificate.

So by the end of the course we had 6 brand new bows, 6 newly qualified bow makers and the anticipation of trying them out for the first time (after a few more coats of oil that is).

Longbow making – day 1

Courses, Equipment Posted on Sun, May 27, 2018 11:58

Yesterday we held the first day of our first longbow making course at Anchor.

6 willing volunteers braved the workshop with the intention of making a bow each in just 2 days.

After a couple of hours of instruction, rasping, sanding, scraping and filing the bows were ready to teach how to bend.

a careful eye for the developing curve of the limbs and precision pencil marking leads to even more scraping and sanding…

at each stage we exercised the bows to test the bend and ‘teach’ them where we want them to go, exposing any stiff or weak spots in the limbs and racking up plenty of steps for those with step counters.

The only problem all day was persuading the team to put down the tools long enough to get some lunch! No one seemed to want to stop.

But eventually by early afternoon we were all fed and the bows were developing a nice even bend.

By the end of the day the nocks were glued in place and the process of shaping started, (much to the disgust of those with any sense of smell). We even had a few smiles on the end of day group photo.

Bow making part 2 …. coming next week

Recurve kit For Sale

For Sale Posted on Sun, May 14, 2017 20:07

Barry Judd, one of our previous members has unfortunately had to give up Archery due to an injury and now has equipment for sale.

Details of the equipment below:

INCH.signs of use but still very nice

lb new

MED.obvious marks but still work well

1 SHIBUYA CARBON SIGHT.well used but
still in perfect order

never used



12 EASTON ARROWS,A/C/C series E .30
inch 1 has damaged point




Plus arm protector,finger
tabs,strings and stringer,wax,allen keys and screwdrivers,setting up square.

I am selling the lot for £500,to a
club member,if no takers then I’ll put it online for £600.

Happy to meet to show any buyer the kit.

Contact Barry by e-mail at

Thanks for the Donation

Equipment Posted on Fri, January 13, 2017 20:01

Anchor Bowmen would like to express their thanks to Colin Mills for his kind equipment donation. The donated re-curve and compound equipment will help to bolster our equipment library, helping new archers sample different forms of the sport before committing to their own equipment purchases.

Thanks Colin

Andrew Harrison
Equipment officer

Junior National Indoor Champs 2016 – Portsmouth

Results Posted on Fri, December 09, 2016 15:53

The Junior National Indoor Champs were held at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire on Saturday 3rd December.

It was a very closely fought competition across all age categories. The JB U18’s category was won with a record score of 595. The top three in the JB U16’s category were separated by two points, with the winner being decided on golds. For full report see link.

Lewis Haslam was the only Anchor Bowmen representative at the championship. Once again he’s done the Club & county proud, scoring 558 & coming home with the silver medal in the JB U14’s.

Reported By : Jamie Haslam (Proud Dad)

Barries shot at gold

General Posted on Mon, September 26, 2016 17:24

Divine intervention points Barrie to the Gold at the end of the rainbow!
(2016 Derbyshire County Championships)

TreeTops fund raiser

General Posted on Sun, September 11, 2016 19:38

Thanks to the Magnificent 7 (Meg, Mo, Dave, Andy, Wendy, Chris and Harry) who gave up their entire Sunday (including missing the league shoot) to run 5 hours of have a go sessions at Elvaston Castle today.

The weather was abnormally perfect, warm enough for shirt sleeves without dehydration.

Traffic was slow but steady through the afternoon and we managed to get 58 people the chance to shoot. Not as many as we had hoped for but a surprisingly large number were very interested in moving onto a beginners course and had not been aware of the club before today.

We raised £121 for TreeTops which contributes to the near £20,000 they believe they raised today (mostly from the entries for the colour rush itself).

Anyway thanks again team, you deserve the glass of wine tonight (except Harry of course as alcohol is a terrible old persons habit you should avoid at all cost).

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