Bow building question

Discussion in 'Traditional Archery' started by ojibwa62, Oct 12, 2018.

  1. ojibwa62

    ojibwa62 10 pointer

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    Thinking of building a long bow this winter , question is Hickory or Osage and what is the best part of the tree the get the bow from.. maybe a large straight limb or cut it out of the trunk. Obviously a limb would be easier..but just not sure.
     
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  2. Nock

    Nock 12 pointer

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    Osage is the best. Hickory is right there behind it. You can use limbs but you will get a flatter bow with main log. I’m fixing to drop some Osage here soon to make some staves.
     
  3. ojibwa62

    ojibwa62 10 pointer

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    Might snag one from you..:)
     
  4. Carpdaddy

    Carpdaddy 10 pointer

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    Osage is tops. Hickory is good practice and makes a decent bow. My preference, good straight Pignut, use sapwood just under bark for back.
     
  5. ojibwa62

    ojibwa62 10 pointer

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    Don't even know what pignut is..
     
  6. Carpdaddy

    Carpdaddy 10 pointer

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    Sorry, it’s just one of the many types of Hickory that we have.
     
  7. Nock

    Nock 12 pointer

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    Slick bark hickory.
     
  8. ojibwa62

    ojibwa62 10 pointer

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    Ahhhh I have both slick and shag, the Osage is on someone else's property thank goodness.
     
  9. beauhunter41031

    beauhunter41031 8 pointer

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    I was thinking there’s a considerable amount of dry/curing time. I watched a bow build on Kentucky afield and the guy would let his would sit for a year
     
  10. Carpdaddy

    Carpdaddy 10 pointer

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    You are correct, when a tree is cut The ends need to be sealed to prevent checking, then there is a good wait while it is curing.
    Hickory seems to hold moisture longer than most.
     

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