Introduction to Arrow Smithing

Introduction to Arrow Smithing in Essex

When is this experience?

This is a bespoke experience and occurs on selected dates. Please check the booking form below for dates.

Where is this experience happening?

All our craft courses happen at our HQ in Essex: Essex Barn at Rook Hall Farm, Chigborough Road, Heybridge, Essex, CM9 4RB

About the Experience

Master arrow smithing in our traditional coal forge! Once this was one of the most important trades supplying armour piecing heads to England’s army and razer sharp broad heads to the King’s game keepers! Now it is officially on the red list of endangered craft and we are one of the few in the country practicing and more importantly teaching this intricate skill!

Join us for a full day in the forge getting to grips with the basics as you put hammer against hot metal. Learn to make sockets full sized to military spec or smaller for every day shooting. Once mastered you will progress onto making Type 9 & 10 bodkins and by the end of the day you will have turned your hand to some basic hunting style heads as well!

Learn how to harden and fine finish these heads to a standard that any outlaw archer would be proud of!


What to expect

Full day of instruction in our traditional coal forge
Hand forge armour piercing bodkins
Learn how to efficiently roll a Medieval socket
Learn how to make different types of hunting heads
Full instruction from an experienced smith
arrow smithing course showing 3 hand forged bodkins on top of the anvil

Pricing & Booking

£199 per person

All PPE and materials provided

Who is this experience for?

Novices & Beginners

Longbow Enthusiasts

Fanatics and history buffs

The geekiest of archers


Good to know

Wear clothes that you don't mind getting dirty
Please bring a water bottle, you can refill on site if needed
Wear closed toe shoes or boots. Steel toe caps are best if you have them but not necessary
Please bring lunch for yourself
Small groups to maintain a high standard of instruction

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