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In this Workshop, Learners will make and test a mini bow and arrow.  This Workshop is recommended to children ages 10+ with adult supervision/assistance required, as Learners will be working over an open flame to create the bow.

The bow and arrow is one of the oldest weapons, originating over 70,000 years ago.  It has been used all over the world since ancient times for wars and hunting, and more recently for the sport of archery.  While it is a very basic weapon, it is one that requires skill, both in its creation and its use.

Probably the most famous bows, due to the infamous Robin Hood are the long-bows.  These were used for thousands of years and only the very strong could wield them.  They were the main weapon other than swords, pikes and axes.  These bows were so strong that they could pierce armour.

I was very young when I made my first bow and arrow.  I am a Sherwood, so my brothers and I saw being able to make and use these as quite important.  We feel this connection due to the folklore of the Sherwood Forest.  Join me in this Workshop, where we will learn more about the adventures of Robin Hood, as well as the use of the bow and arrow in Thailand where I live today, as our bow and arrow will be made using bamboo instead of wood.

I look forward to sharing this long tradition with you! 

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Bow and Arrows: Defending England and Wales GLOkit

This GLOkit contains: Six bamboo sticks and piece of string.

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Additional Supplies

Learners will also need:

  • A tea-light candle (a larger candle should NOT be used)
  • Scissors
  • A potato

Technical Requirements

You will need a device (computer or tablet) that is equipped with a camera, microphone, and speakers. For more information, please check out our Technical Requirements page.

Meet the Instructor

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Francis SherwoodView Profile

I was born in the foothills of the Preseli mountains in West Wales.  My mother is from Guyana, South America, and my father from England.  I grew up in the countryside on a very large farm, and we spent our time fishing, making dens and camping.  Today I live in Thailand.  Here, the food is incredibly tasty.  In fact, they have a special word for tasty that describes the extreme tastes you can find here.

I have been making things for as long as I can remember.  As a family we went camping when I was at very young age, so the very first craft I remember was making a whistle from a fresh twig. These whistles were beautiful, but they wouldn't last long as they relied on the fresh bark to allow it to slide back and forth to make different tones.  Another very important craft I'll always remember is making a walking stick.  At the start of any long walk, the first job was always to make a good walking stick.  These would usually then be thrown away at the end of the walk unless they were particularly nice, but making it was always an experience I very much enjoyed.  Perhaps these experiences are why my favourite material to work with is definitely wood.  Wood literally comes from the ground and is already beautiful, so when you fashion that into something else, it becomes not only useful but is beautifully linked to the world.

Growing up, we didn't have phones or computers, so we needed to make our own fun.  I am thankful for this, as it has made my brothers and I into very creative thinkers, and now we now use these creative skills in everything we do.  Being creative and making useful objects are what improves life.  It also adds beauty and enjoyment to life . Being able to improve on the world is a gift I want to pass on, so the joy of creating and using these creations can be appreciated by more people.



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Bow and Arrows: Defending England and Wales