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Arrow Making Course

Arrow Making Course Details:
Dates: TBD
Duration: 9am-5pm each day
Location: Monroe, WA
Instructor: David Tuthill
Cost: $330

In this workshop we will explore a variety of topics and techniques in relation to the crafting of three (not so) primitive arrows. Topics include different types of points and their uses, forging arrowheads, shafting materials and their selection, hafting, cutting self nocks, glues, finishes, different styles of fletching, and more. They are “not so primitive" arrows because we will use a combination of primitive and modern materials and techniques. Bring your bow (not necessary if you don’t have one) and come prepared to have fun!

In this course you will make three arrows to take home. The course fee covers all instruction and materials. This course will take a place at Alderleaf Wilderness College's campus in Monroe, WA.

Arrow Making Course Instructor Bio:

David Tuthill has been working with metals, beginning with jewelry, since the age of fifteen. He began forging as part of a sculpture course at Santa Barbara City College in 1988. He did not begin forging full-time until 1992 when he began to do privately commissioned work. Predominantly self-taught, he has been constantly challenging himself to further his skills by taking on tasks, or designing jobs that force him to learn something new. He has been operating his business, FIRE HORSE FORGE in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle since 1994, where he produces architectural commissions, as well as furniture, sculpture, and jewelry.

David’s years in the Northwest have been the most formative in his metalworking career. With his love for the outdoors, being surrounded by the vast and expansive nature of the region, as well as a rich industrial history, including timber, maritime trades, and railroads, he has continued to learn and has been able to more fully appreciate and understand how the influence of his surroundings can be reflected in the pieces that he produces. “For most of my life I have been interested in history, and how it still directly, and indirectly influences us today.” “There is a connection to many of the traditions that brought us to where we are standing, so how do we give these ancient sensibilities, a modern voice, how do we relate it to now?” Learn more about David Tuthill at his website,

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