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Registration is Now Open for May Bow-making Workshop

Cost is $545

May11-14, 2017, Thursday - Sunday

Stayton, Oregon (~20 miles East of Salem, OR)

The workshop is limited to 6 students.

In this class you will build your own osage or yew longbow from a premium stave

Each day will be a full day starting at 9 AM Thursday, so please plan travels accordingly

Tent camping is available, as well as limited RV space, No hook-ups. This is being held on a beautiful 4 acre wooded property in Stayton Oregon.

Nearby Lodging is available at   and and this AIRBNB site:

Dinner will be provided each day as well as snacks and drinks during the day.

Please notify us ahead of time if we need to accommodate any dietary restrictions

This workshop is for Adults 18 years of age and wiser unless accompanied by a parent also registered for the workshop

Discounted parent/child registration and group rates available.


May Bow-making Workshop Registration $545

May 11-14, 2017

2 of 6 spots left (4-17-17)


Full registration payment is due to reserve your spot in the class

You can also mail a check or money order to PO box 236, Jefferson, OR 97352 to register

Cancellation/Refund Policy:

If the class is cancelled on my part for any reason, you will receive a full refund.  If you have to cancel: A full refund is available up until 30 days prior to the workshop.  75% Refund is available up until 7 days prior. Any cancellation within 7 days of the workshop is only 50% refundable. Alternatively, if something comes up and you cant make it, you have the option to choose a voucher for any future bow-making workshop instead of a partial refund.


Call or e-mail Carson with specific questions regarding upcoming workshops or to register for any of the upcoming workshops posted below.


Upcoming Workshop Dates


 JANUARY 19-22nd, 2017 (Thursday-Sunday) FULL


 MARCH 23-26, 2017 (Thursday - Sunday) FULL


 MAY 11-14, 2017 (Thursday - Sunday) (2 of 6 spots left, 4-17-17)

AUGUST 10-13, 2017 (Thursday - Sunday)

OCTOBER 12-15, 2017 (Thursday - Sunday)


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Students from the Winter Bow-making Workshop pose with their bows.

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Blake said those were four of the happiest days of his life! Me too.
Both Blake and I are eager to start on another bow already...must had caught the bug. So I guess the garage needs to be cleared out and some basic hand tools bought.
Thanks again for a great experience,

Mark and Blake Portland, OR

...In the meantime, thank you for the patience, humor, and knowledge you demonstrated throughout the workshop. I leaned more than I could reasonably expect and I'm eager to start my next bow. It was a great experience, and my dad is interested in joining me for a workshop next spring, Hopefully the planets will align and we will be able to attend.


Dan, Boston, MA

I recently attended Carson's bow making workshop and couldn't be more excited about primitive archery! Carson was capable of guiding me, a total beginner, through the entire process with clarity, expertise and humor. I walked away with not only a BEAUTIFUL bow that shoots like a dream, but also with the base knowledge of how to continue in this art on my own. The class was empowering beyond measure and I strongly recommend it to anyone considering learning the art of bow making. There is no book, website or manual that is capable of delivering the solid experience and practical education that this workshop provided. Having learned other primitive skills on my own, I can confidently say that this class will exponentially shorten your learning curve and alleviate many hours of frustration on your journey of making a shooting bow. Ten thousand 'thanks-yous' Carson!

Rainbow Eagle Dreamer,  Bend, Oregon

Dear Carson,

Just thought you would like to know:

The first thing Bryant did when he got home from work Monday was set up a target and get out his bow.  He spent several hours shooting, accompanied by Sage, baby at her breast.

Yesterday he swung home at lunch and Will borrowed my bow so both young men were practicing, and then again after work.

Me, I just had a darn good time.  Thanks so much for being such a gracious host.


Jane, Corvallis, OR

Hi Carson,
I wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed your class, it was great, and I would do it again in a heart beat. Since the class I have completed 3 bows that all shoot great.
I have recently been out collecting Ocean Spray, Vine Maple, Ash and Yew over the past few weeks for future bows. I look forward to seeing you soon, Your friend,

Keith, Springfield, OR

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I was blessed this fall with the harvest of a nice little bull elk. Taken with a 60# yew wood selfbow that I made this year specifically for this Oregon backcountry hunt.

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Tyler Hays with a dandy 4 point blacktail buck he took with an osage longbow made during an Echo Archery Bow-making workshop

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This is the Mule deer buck I harvested in 2014 using one of my Osage orange bows. The same bow, Kingfisher, that was selected as Primitive Archer Magazine's 2013 Backed Bow of the Year. It was not a back of the head shot. Not my intention for it to look like that when I took the photo.

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