The English Longbow - Course and Kit

Learn to craft this truly wonderful English Longbow from an ash stave with leading bowyer Nick Mcmillen. This course and kit includes all the basic tools and materials you need to make a longbow from home. What more could anyone want for Christmas?!
£167.00 Regular price £197.00
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About this course and kit

Bowmaking is perhaps the most ancient and fascinating craft there is. Wooden bows have been in our hands for tens of thousands of years, and nothing brings you closer to the mindset and experience of our ancestors than learning to make them.

With a few simple tools and the right advice, it is very possible to make beautiful bows at home, and this online course and kit has been specially designed to help you do it. The online course includes 4.5 hours of expert instruction with leading bowmaker and teacher Nick Mcmillen, covering every aspect of making a classic English Longbow. You will then receive a wonderful kit including a carefully selected ash bow stave, a delux Japanese saw rasp, and tools and materials for making a bow string.

By the end of the course you will have crafted a beautiful ash English longbow that fits you and will last for many years.

What's included in the kit?

  • A premium, hand selected Ash bow stave ideal for making a longbow.
  • A draw knife for roughing out the bow.
  • A delux Japanese saw rasp for refining the shape of the bow.
  • Linen for backing the bow.
  • A roll of bow string material.
  • A string server and serving material for protecting the string.
  • Bees wax for finishing the string.
  • Additional tools for making a tiller (this helps you get the bow bending in a smooth arc).

Whats included in the online course?

This online course contains over 4 hourse hours of expert instruction with leading bowyer and teacher Nick McMillen. It covers every aspect of bowmaking. You can access the course from any device by logging into our website (we will provide you with login details after purchase). Our courses are produced by our BAFTA-winning team of filmmakers which means they are cleary presented and well thought out. Students get the right piece of information at the right time, which means they get great results. Plus we are always on hand to answer questions.


When you buy one of our courses you get lifetime access, which means you can watch it whenever you want and as many times as you want in future. This means you will always retain your new knowledge and skills.

What else do I need?

All the basic kit you will need is inlcuded in the course, but you may need a couple of other items that you will already have lying around the house:

  • A pair of clamps
  • A set of scales
  • A small amount of wood glue
  • A ruler and pencil.

Can I give this course as a gift?

Our courses make wonderful presents. In order to gift one, simply buy the course yourself.

You can choose to have the kit delivered either to yourself or the gift recipient.

We will then send you a unique course access link via email. You can send this to your loved one when you are ready.

All our kits can be stored indefinitely so you can buy now and give the gift later.

What's included in the kit

An Ash bow stave

Our hand-selected bowstaves are premium quality European Ash with straight grain and no knots. Perfect for your first bow.

A bowstring kit

This kit for making a bowstring contains enough material to make several strings. It includes 110m of B-50 bowstring material, a string serving tool, string serving thread, beeswax and several other useful items.

A Japanese saw rasp

This rasp is the perfect tool for bowmaking because it is course on one side and fine on the other, making it useful at all the different stages of the build.