Mead Longbows

Dave Mead – Science Hill, KY

Dave has been a craftsman and artist since childhood.  Bow making began as a young child and with his martial arts background, archery was always a big part of his life.  From the beginning, he enjoyed making and using many different primitive weapons.  He always felt a tight relationship with nature and everything it provides.  When he decided to hunt to provide food for his quickly growing family, he wanted to do it as spiritually respectful as possible.  Since he had been a woodworker and mechanically trained for many years, he decided to try his hand at bow making; now as an adult with the knowledge of wood and with nature at his disposal.  His first attempt was a success and he was hooked.  He felt an immediate connection with his roots and what he was meant to do.  He likes a challenge and learning as he goes where others have not.  He developed his high performance, efficient, powerful, innovative bamboo bows through years of trial and error and countless hours of experimentation.  Part of the challenge to himself was to build a lightweight bow (around 40lbs) that could do the job of a 60+ pound bow…and do it better.  He teaches a form of archery that if he had to label, would refer to it as natural archery.  It is very reminiscent of some of history’s greatest archers, hunters, and warriors.  Also, very similar to how our ancestors would have shot a bow and arrow.  This style is of more use to a hunter, zen practitioner, or combat soldier.  He helps his students reconnect to their natural abilities by living in the present moment.  

Dave builds hundreds of his bamboo bows every year in his humble shop in the sticks of Kentucky.  He also travels the country year round teaching bow building and instinctive archery workshops.  He was an active firefighter/EMT and volunteer firefighter for over 5 years.  When Dave is not building bows and teaching, he enjoys spending time homesteading with his wife, 5 young children, and animals.

Bow Building & Archery Workshops

This Private Workshop Includes:

  • All materials and tools needed
  • Practice arrows and a target range
  • 1 meal a day provided and water
  • You will leave with a fully functional bow that you can effectively use

Create your own bamboo composite bow (recurve or horse bow) using raw materials and hand tools.  There is nothing out there to compare to this compact primitive bow. The bow will be made to perform at its peak for your draw length.  Each bow is unique and each person is unique.  We will ensure that your bow will be made to such specifications that it will become and extension of you.  It will be 3 days of intense bow building.  You will learn all that you need to in order to use and care for your new bow.  If you want to become a part of my growing team of bamboo bow instructors/archers start here.  

If you would like more than 3 days and/or would like to learn how to make arrows, intuitive archery, a 4th and/or 5th day can be added at an additional charge.  More days is best as you will leave with more knowledge, but 3 days is absolutely enough to complete the bow.  5 days offers bow, 1 arrow, and plenty of time for intuitive/zen archery lessons with your new gear. I have spent years perfecting the performance of my bow and arrow combo. This equipment is capable of shooting fast and flat over great ranges similar to modern gear of today. In many cases my bow will bring more to the table than the archer is prepared for. This equipment covers all archery needs. Zen, 3d target, hunting/defense. You leave with tools and understanding on how to use them to forge your spirit.

True Archery has helped improve my life immensely, I want to share this knowledge with others. 

Workshop Prices:

  • 3 Full Days $600
  • 4 Full Days $800
  • 5 Full Days $1,000

Call or email to begin scheduling your workshop! Archery only workshops available as well.

I require at least 1 month advanced notice to prepare materials for this workshop.

Don’t have this much time available?  Check out our 1 Day Kit Assembly Workshop or our DIY Kits!  Or if you would like Mead Longbows to come to you instead, contact us for more information.

*NEW* 1-Day Intuitive Archery Workshop
Would you like to feel the reward of the true challenge of primitive archery?  Learn to shoot a primitive or traditional style bow using intuitive archery with a Zen like approach.  All equipment provided or bring your own!  

$200 per person for private lesson or for a large group, discount rates apply.  I can also come to you – contact us for more details.  The art of archery holds many rewards. 

GROWTH WITHIN, AND DISMISSAL OF WHATEVER MAY NOT SERVE OUR WELL BEING CAN BE A VERYCHALLENGING PROCESS. ZEN ARCHERY WILL HELP GUIDE YOU ON YOUR NEW JOURNEY.
THE BOW AND ARROW SIGNIFY “LETTING GO” AND “TAKING AIM” AT
YOURSELF TO FORGE THE SPIRIT AND CREATE THE LIFE YOU WISH TO LEAD.
YOU HOLD THE POWER TO MAKE IT SO, AND THE BOW AND ARROW WILL SHOW YOU THE WAY

Hourly private sessions available for local clients, by appointment only.

Phone/video coaching is also available.  Contact for details.

COMING  SOON – 1 hour scheduled group classes on bow building, arrow building, archery lessons, and more. Cost will be $10 per participant per class for anyone 6 and up. Free 1st class for all youth, always free for all Chronically, critically, and terminally ill youth. Archery has been such a blessing to me, I would like to share the joy it brings with others. . To get on the update list click here

NEW – Bare Bones Hunting with a Bow
Learn to hunt whitetail deer without modern tools or tech, no cheats!
Get closer to nature without the pressure of making the kill.

I will take you into the woods and teach you what I have learned on my journey. No trail cams, no food plots or feeders, just knowledge and a bow. Are you ready to get out of the stand? Challenge yourself this year.
This knowledge is so valuable and will never let you down. Knowledge is forever, equipment is not..even the most high tech durable equipment has a lifespan and if you cannot replace it when it breaks, gets lost, stolen, then what? If the day is to come when you need to actually hunt to live and cannot use any modern equipment this course will help you to be more prepared. If you find yourself in the wild with nothing other than your knowledge, do you know how to make the tools to survive? When you are without a firearm or out of bullets the bow and arrow is the most effective long range tool to hunt/feed and defend yourself. This course will teach you how to make the tool, use it, then we will get into the woods and cover the basics of hunting. Learn about the animals, their movement, what you can get away with, tracking, blending into the natural environment without disturbing it, and more. I will teach you how to become part of nature to close the distance. My size bows allows for hunting in nature’s tight spaces that normally would be considered impossible. Perfect for beginner hunter. Even if you are not a hunter the knowledge is useful. Great add on to any bow making class.

Some of the information we will look to cover will be:

Making a bow and arrow
How to use
Hunting tactics
About the animal and its movement
Art of moving through nature and blending in
Making the shot
Tracking, retrieving

To learn more about this upcoming course sign up here for more information

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If you are genuinely interested in a bow or a class and need assistance with choosing
what is best for you, I am here to help and want to hear from you. Thank you.

606-423-0063
meadlongbows@gmail.com

P.O. Box 98
Science Hill, KY 42553

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