Cutting Osage Orange Staves

Discussion in 'Archery Equipment' started by Mailman, Jun 8, 2016.

  1. Mailman

    Mailman Well-Known Member

    Feb 2, 2005
    Blue Springs Mo
    Mastevt and I went to his place to do some round up spraying for a future food plot and to burn a couple of brush piles of locust tree tops. After we got that done we went for a stroll looking for an Osage Orange (Hedge Apple) tree to fit my requirements for making a self bow. Found one that's about 7 feet long and fairly straight with only a couple of places that might give me trouble once I get into making the longbow. Once I get the log split into 4 pieces I'll seal the ends and store them in my garage for a couple of years to dry out. Then the fun begins turning this stick into a bow.


    Thanks again Scott for letting me tag along and in finding me a good Osage Orange Stave.
     

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  2. Rack_Hunter

    Rack_Hunter Sensitivity Aficionado

    I assume your using the bark to seal the sides??

    When you split it in 4 pieces, won't you have to seal the sides too?

    And you better take it to a sawmill to split it, a wood splitter will just make a nasty mess of it. :wave:
     

  3. Mailman

    Mailman Well-Known Member

    Feb 2, 2005
    Blue Springs Mo
    I'll post up photos tomorrow after I split the log into 4 staves. If it splits good I may have enough to make 4 to 8 bows from this one log. I'm hoping for just one good bow that is stout enough for hunting deer.
     
  4. Mailman

    Mailman Well-Known Member

    Feb 2, 2005
    Blue Springs Mo
    Here ya go....


    [ame]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VU-1nxT7YPU[/ame]
     
  5. rat

    rat Legbone

    Dec 13, 2005
    Could have learned this from mojam I bet.
     
  6. Mailman

    Mailman Well-Known Member

    Feb 2, 2005
    Blue Springs Mo

    Yes Sir.....and a whole lot more.;)


    July 14-16 - MOJAM Self Bow Jamboree Marshall Missouri
     
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  7. henry

    henry Fan Boy aka Mr Twisty and

    Have fun with it Bill. Thinking this wood may be a different experience working with than the hickory.
     
  8. Rack_Hunter

    Rack_Hunter Sensitivity Aficionado

    In two years, Osage Orange wood will be hard enough to make sparks fly off a chain saw!! :eek:
     
  9. Jagermeister

    Jagermeister Senior Hunter

    I bet your full of ticks. Can't wait to see the final product in a couple years.
     
  10. Mailman

    Mailman Well-Known Member

    Feb 2, 2005
    Blue Springs Mo
    I did spray but still found 2 attached.
     
  11. Mastevt

    Mastevt Strutt Buster

    Apr 16, 2009
    Grain Valley
    Look forward to seeing the process and final product! Thanks for the help and was happy we found some hedge that will work for ya.
     
  12. Mailman

    Mailman Well-Known Member

    Feb 2, 2005
    Blue Springs Mo
    Here is a video I found that shows the beginnings of a selfbow after the wood has dried.

    [ame]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-XyJ14yeEnI[/ame]


    [ame]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2CaRB1sHVdw[/ame]
     
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  13. trapperBR549

    trapperBR549 Well-Known Member

    May 17, 2007
    mo
    I've never made a self bow but I was helping my son with one and the book I read said you should seal the ends immediately or it will check, like it looks like it is already starting to do.

    Good luck, it looks like a lot of work but to kill a deer with a bow you whittled yourself would be quite a feat.
     
  14. Rack_Hunter

    Rack_Hunter Sensitivity Aficionado

    According to the video, how many bows do you see coming out of that log?

    I see 2 flat spots, maybe 3
     
  15. Mailman

    Mailman Well-Known Member

    Feb 2, 2005
    Blue Springs Mo
    After splitting the log into staves things look a lot different under the bark and what was once a straight log. I see 3 or 4 bows from this log....hopefully. Got the ends coated with anchor seal that Scott gave me. Second coat later will be applied.
     

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  16. rat

    rat Legbone

    Dec 13, 2005
    That's pretty cool there Billiam. :cheers:
     
  17. venatic

    venatic ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ

    If you have too many, you could sell some at Mo-Jam.
     
  18. rat

    rat Legbone

    Dec 13, 2005
    I don't think he goes to mojam. :D
     
  19. venatic

    venatic ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ

    Oh, my bad. :scared:

    Never mind, carry on. :wave:
     
  20. trapperBR549

    trapperBR549 Well-Known Member

    May 17, 2007
    mo

    Why not? Sounds like the perfect place to pick some experts brains. :confused: