Re: [SCA-Archery] Re: longbow the book
I have worked with Osage Orange to make bows on a number of
occassions. It is an excellent bow wood, BUT, it is not as ideally
suited for making the D-sectioned longbow as other woods are. I was
fortunate to get a very even stave from a bowyer that was suitable for
making the 84# D-section longbow that I have, but I played it safe and
backed it with rawhide. Osage has more of a tendency to lift on the back
than yew does. It doesn't compress the same way as yew and will
eventually fail in a shorter period of time than yew. These problems
don't appear to be present when you are making a flat longbow out of
Osage. The Native Americans prized this wood for bows, but their bows
were usually wider and flatter.
I've had good luck with the one that I've made so far, but I don't shoot
with it that often. I've seen others fail and it's a shame. It's a bit
more difficult to work than yew because the grain has a lot more
character and you have to be willing to follow it. It makes a real
I live in New York, so when I want to make a bow from yew or osage
orange, I buy a seasoned bow stave (they're not all that expensive, but
you gotta buy from a trustworthy source). There is none available
locally in the NY area.
- Was transplanted for use as hedgerows. Can be found along the
southern edge, mostly from greatlakes, to the eastern shores. As I
recall, my family said it did not grow well in Novis Scotia.
(Implying that it did grow there, but not well) But then, what do
shipwrights need with Osage?
--- In SCA-Archery@yahoogroups.com, Ragi of House brokenaxe
> Where on earth or more specifically does it grow in canada? exceptmaybe the area around windsor.
> which is like way south of me, cause it sure dont grow up hereexcept by accident.
> On Tue, 02 Nov 2004 02:19:22 -0000, you, with reckless abandon,
> >--- In SCA-Archery@yahoogroups.com, "Lord Cain Saethydd"
> ><capt_cain@y...> wrote:
> >> It does grow in Canada. It grows in northern Wisconsin too. I
> >> cannot vouch for the useability as a bow wood when grown at
> >> climates, though.list]
> >> Cain
> >Osage makes an excellent bow wood. Had a few but sold them. Very
> >dependable wood
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