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Guess my wood

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by bsruther, Nov 5, 2008.

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  1. MacKay

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    If you are going to try to sell some of the staves as bow wood you need to treat the wood correctly. The ends need to be sealed to prevent checking, I use Elmers wood glue. This slows down the drying process. Store the staves laying down flat, don't stand them in a corner. Also the longer the wood drys typically the better the bow. I have a couple staves I cut down in 1998 up in the attic this winter I will be making a new bow. A nice piece of hickory doesn't make a bad bow either.

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  2. Adios Pantalones

    Adios Pantalones Minister of Fire

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    DMM- you aren't the "wolfskins" DMM, are you?
  3. MacKay

    MacKay Member

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    No not me.
    But I am very involved in traditional archery and enjoy making my own equipment. I am actually leaving tomorrow night to hunt in Iowa for a week.
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    Adios Pantalones Minister of Fire

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    Good for you! Wish I had the time. I've made maybe 35 bows in my life- have been granted much osage by acquaintances online.
  5. bsruther

    bsruther Minister of Fire

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    Osage has a lot of branches coming out of the trunk in strange places usually. For a straight piece to be good enough for a stave, does it need to be knot free?
  6. MacKay

    MacKay Member

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    No. Some of the coolest self bow have some character flaws.
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    adrpga498 Minister of Fire

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    Ditto the mullbery.
    NIce stove by the way JB
  8. Adios Pantalones

    Adios Pantalones Minister of Fire

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    I'll post a pic of my canebrake rattler backed snakebow. Takes a little care, but curvy is good.
  9. bsruther

    bsruther Minister of Fire

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    So then...Does anyone else have pics of wood that they think can stump the wood whores?
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