Craft Guild of Traditional Bowyers and Fletchers Constitution of the Rules. (Ordinances) Amended Sept 2010
- The name of the Guild shall be The Craft Guild of Traditional Bowyers and Fletchers; hereinafter conveniently called the Craft Guild.
- The purposes of the Craft Guild shall be
- One: To provide a forum for the fraternal association of British craftsmen and women concerned with the manufacture of quality traditional archery equipment
- Two: To encourage, maintain and improve the standard of bow and arrow making and other associated activity by British craftspersons
- Three: To establish and maintain fraternal links with craftspersons overseas concerned with the making of traditional archery equipment
- Four: To maintain links with those London Livery Companies historically superintending the crafts overseen by the Craft Guild
- Membership is open to all who satisfy the Craft Guild’s criteria as defined below and as interpreted by the Officers and Court of the Craft Guild
- The Craft Guild shall be administered by the following:
- The Warden (Chairman) – Assumes office by common consent of the Masters, having been Under Warden for two years. Serves for a maximum of two years. Has full voting rights and a casting vote. Returns to the body of the Guild upon retirement [Agreed at 2000 Guildmote]
- The Under Warden (Vice Chairman) – The most senior Assistant assumes this position every two years. Fulfils the duties of the Warden in his unavoidable absence, has full voting rights. Automatically succeeds the Warden upon his retirement after two years.
- The Treasurer – responsible for all matters pertaining to the finances of the Craft Guild, elected by the Masters, has full voting rights.
- Five [passed at 2006 Guildmote] Assistants (Court Members) – On a two year rotational basis, the most senior Assistant becomes Under Warden, whereupon a new Assistant is elected by the Masters. All have voting rights [Agreed at 2000 Guildmote]
- NOTE: No-one should join the Inner Court and not accept the responsibility of Warden when it is their turn [Extract from Motion passed at 2006 Guildmote]
- The Clerk – deals with correspondence and attends to the day to day affairs of the Craft Guild. Recommended by the Court and appointed by the Masters. Directly responsible to the Court through the Warden. May advise. No voting rights.
- Ex-officio members – for specific purposes as the Court shall see fit. Have no voting rights except as delegated by the Court.
- Master – a full member, manufacturing traditional archery equipment of consistently satisfactory standard, for sale or reward, on a full or part time basis, and providing a service which meets the criteria of the Craft Guild. Accepted upon satisfactory presentation of the required Masterpiece. Has full voting rights.
(Note: Certificates of Membership will be presented after one year’s probation period) [not known when, or if, formally agreed, but is generally accepted]
- Direct applicant A Craftsman or woman already working and not being a present Member, who wishes to become a Master without the necessity of full apprenticeship. Attendance at a Guildmote with work for appraisal is required in the first instance. If this is satisfactory, a formal presentation of work may be made the following year together with not less than ten letters from satisfied customers. [Guildmote 2010] Subject to acceptance of the criteria governing the Craft Guild and its activities, he or she may be invited – at the Court’s discretion – to join as a Master, with all the privileges this implies. If the Court sees fit, the applicant may be required to serve some time under the tutelage of a Master before full membership is offered.
NOTE: Certificates of Membership will only be presented after a 12 months probationary period from the satisfactory presentation of the Masterpiece
- Craft member – [Craft member was dropped by agreement 2004 Guildmote]
- Associate – a maker of traditional bows and or arrows etc. using natural materials, being resident outside the United Kingdom and wishing fraternal association with the Craft guild. May attend Guildmotes upon request. Has no voting rights. Fee as decided by the Court.
- Apprentice – a novice wishing to become skilled in the art of traditional bow, arrow, string or arrowhead making, and working to the instructions of a Master. May attend Guildmotes and offer opinion if sought. Has no voting rights.
- Improver : One who has made a substantial start in bow/arrow/string/arrowhead making. Attendance at a Guildmote with work for appraisal is required in the first instance. If the work is judged of sufficient standard the applicant may apply to a Master with a request for mentoring, after which there must be the presentation of a Masterpiece in the usual manner for assessment. May attend Guildmotes. No voting rights [agreed by Court 2010 Ratified at Guildmote. 2010]
- Friend – a person sympathetic to the aims of the Craft Guild and wishing to give their support. Accepted at the discretion of the Court. Fee as decided by the Court. Has no voting rights. [Hugh introduced this – never actually voted on but agreed by default]
- Master Emeritus – a distinction awarded by the Craft Guild to a Master of long standing who, for adequate reason, has occasion to cease the manufacture of archery equipment. May attend Guildmotes and advise. Has no vote.
[agreed by Court 2010 Ratified at Guildmote 2010]
(NOTE: Two syllabuses are available for the guidance of Masters in the matter of the instruction of apprentices: one for bowyery and one for fletching)
However, the Court, at its discretion, may suspend the said payment for whatever term it sees fit. [Discussed, agreed, but not voted on]
This amended Constitution was ratified in toto by members present at the 2010 Guildmote.