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Old 05-11-2009, 12:28 PM
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Hey everyone i was just wondering what wood is the best to make a bow out of? Ive used maples in the past but im wondering what is the best in your opinion? Ive currently only have a 60" 35lbs draw bow i bought from canadian tire. I want to make a big beefy bow with close too 75-85 lbs draw. Any wood ideas?
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Hickory is fair to good, Bois d' Arc (Osage Orange) is excellent and yew is best. However, I suggest you get a copy of "The Traditional Bowyers Bible". It goes into great detail on the best wood to use. It also has excellent tips on how to build a bow.

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Hickory is fiar to good, Bois d' Arc (Osage Orange) is exceelant and yew is best. However, I suggest you get a copy of "The Traditional Bowyers Bible". It goes into great detail on the best wood to use. It also has excellent tips on how to build a bow.
thanks for the tip on the book, im going out in the woods for a walk in about 25mins with the little lady to get some pictures of woodland flowers and im have found a few stright trees of the right size of different types and i dont want to cut on down and ends its life if its only going to break.
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Yew is best.
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some pros are using laminated bamboo these days. stronger, lighter, than yew
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Hickory is fair to good, Bois d' Arc (Osage Orange) is excellent and yew is best. However, I suggest you get a copy of "The Traditional Bowyers Bible". It goes into great detail on the best wood to use. It also has excellent tips on how to build a bow.
+1 to yew
+1 to the bowyers bible
I'm guessing this is a relatively early bow in your bowyer career. As such, I wouldn't use osage. It makes a really strong, really beautiful bow, but it costs an arm and a leg. Whatever you do, never, ever, ever use purple heart. A good friend of mine was sanding a purple heart bow he was finishing up and was hospitalized for the trouble. The dust is toxic. Good luck, and I'll expect pics of the completed bow tomorrow.
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So i had alot of nice sapplings to choose from but i went with a maple, so far its 6'6" and about 4 inches round. Ive de-barked it and now im just waiting till i have a day off from work to work on it.
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So i went and got a 6 foot tall stave from a maple. It is very close to straight and has little to no eyes, i found some once i started to peel my bark. But now i have it peeled and ive made bow before but im wondering if i should just taiper the 2 ends down ands thats it, or should i split the stave like 1/4 way threw and shape the bow so that i have core and sap wood, so that the front will be left rounded like if a tree.
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So i went and got a 6 foot tall stave from a maple. It is very close to straight and has little to no eyes, i found some once i started to peel my bark. But now i have it peeled and ive made bow before but im wondering if i should just taiper the 2 ends down ands thats it, or should i split the stave like 1/4 way threw and shape the bow so that i have core and sap wood, so that the front will be left rounded like if a tree.
So this guy had core rot... so i went out and cut a small tree down that was about 2-3 inches this the whole way up, it was a slight knot in the center but thats where my hand grip is going. I peeled and carved the shape of my bow and check its flex by hand tilling. It turned out nice but it didnt notice its slightly off center so when i string the bow after it dries it might hang over the side of the bow by about an inch. Im guessing it will have a 12-18lbs draw and its 48" and made of Maple.
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Yew is best.
Indeed.

Failing that Osage is quite a good wood. Hickory is pretty good as well. Ash is a nice cheap option but loses its poundage over a short period.
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What is osage? I know we dont have yew or hickory is a maybe up here.
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So when it dried it kinda warped a bit but its only like half inch off center and still works.
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What is osage? I know we dont have yew or hickory is a maybe up here.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Osage-orange

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What is osage? I know we dont have yew or hickory is a maybe up here.


I did not know either, I looked it up on the internet, it is the Bore D arc tree (sp). When I was a kid we called the fruit of the tree horse apples. (not the turd). The fruit is a green ball about 2 or 3 inches in diameter. I ahve a picture some where but could not find in on such short notice.

I have 20 acres in east texas and the place is full of trees like this. Never thought it was expensive wood. Got tons of the stuff, you pay shipping and I will send you a limb. No staves, too much work so only a whole limb. Have no idea what the cost would be for a 2 inch limb 6 or 7 feet long.

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I like hickory is a good choice for me an the native Indians in my area used it for there bows. Osage is a very good one yule is to there is a lot to pick from .
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So the little bow i made blew up it dried for about 2 weeks i tilled it with 30lb fishing line, i switched it over to a twine string and it blew up lol it was funny.
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Bois D'arc is very good wood for bows.

However, only the heart wood. You need to star with a fairly thick limb to get a decent width out of it.

Hickory is good, Very strong in compression but not good in tension( The part that's facing away from you when shooting is under a lot of tension)

bows out of hickory need to be fairly flat and wide.

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