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Old 01-29-2018, 10:55 AM   #1
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Hey guys,

So I finally got down to the ranch after a few weeks of chores and was able to remove an osage from the property.

Side note; I had a short-bar 2 stroke echo chainsaw that just puked trying to take care of this tree. After a little while I just had to axe it. I am absolutely wrecked today. My workout will be short and low impact.

Anyway, Several of the trunks remain unsectioned and drying down at the land, but I was able to get these pieces off the tree and in the truck. Now, I'm curious - what projects jump to mind from you DIY types? I wand to do some work with it but right now this wood is WET.

Thoughts?



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Old 01-29-2018, 10:59 AM   #2
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I'm not sure of any uses for it green off-hand, but I would anchor seal the ends asap!
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Old 01-29-2018, 11:04 AM   #3
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JLP - what sealant would you use? Just outdoor paint or something else?
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Old 01-29-2018, 11:06 AM   #4
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Its been slow work for me. Haven't had much time but this is what I have done with what I have.
http://discussions.texasbowhunter.co...1#post12950981
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I see one piece in that bed of that truck that if it were seemingly 2 ft longer would have been an incredible find for a bowyer.
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Old 01-29-2018, 11:17 AM   #6
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I see one piece in that bed of that truck that if it were seemingly 2 ft longer would have been an incredible find for a bowyer.
Hey Swamp - I'm pretty sure there are 1 or 2 pieces down there that will make decent stave pieces. I just didn't have it in me after going to town on that tree for 2 hours to load them up. Plan is to get them to a safe place to dry in the next week or so. I definitely had this idea as well. Does osage make decent limbs for recurves?
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Hey Swamp - I'm pretty sure there are 1 or 2 pieces down there that will make decent stave pieces. I just didn't have it in me after going to town on that tree for 2 hours to load them up. Plan is to get them to a safe place to dry in the next week or so. I definitely had this idea as well. Does osage make decent limbs for recurves?
I'm not sure about recurve limbs. I see it used a lot in laminate bows for the riser, but can't recall off the top of my head if I have seen it as a wood for recurves. If it is, I'd assume it is more for the veneer. Now for a selfbow, osage is pretty much King! But the straighter the better... which was the log I see at the bottom of the pile. I am by no means anywhere near an expert on that. In fact I haven't completed an osage bow yet.

As far as sealing the ends, you can use titebond or anything waxy like that... not straight paint I don't believe. I sealed my staves that I was given with elmers glue.

here is a good video on osage (harvesting, splitting, sealing...)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eiwt8edIZuw
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Old 01-29-2018, 05:38 PM   #8
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I've used Osage for both longbows and recurves. Those pieces look way too narrow and gnarly, though. Those smaller pieces are good for turning if you're into that. Otherwise, you can use it for tool handles or knife handles. Or you could use it for a club.
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I'm not sure about recurve limbs. I see it used a lot in laminate bows for the riser, but can't recall off the top of my head if I have seen it as a wood for recurves. If it is, I'd assume it is more for the veneer. Now for a selfbow, osage is pretty much King! But the straighter the better... which was the log I see at the bottom of the pile. I am by no means anywhere near an expert on that. In fact I haven't completed an osage bow yet.

As far as sealing the ends, you can use titebond or anything waxy like that... not straight paint I don't believe. I sealed my staves that I was given with elmers glue.

here is a good video on osage (harvesting, splitting, sealing...)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eiwt8edIZuw
Thanks for the video, Swamp. Is this you, by chance?

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I've used Osage for both longbows and recurves. Those pieces look way too narrow and gnarly, though. Those smaller pieces are good for turning if you're into that. Otherwise, you can use it for tool handles or knife handles. Or you could use it for a club.
Aw, that makes me sad. Hopefully some of the truck pieces I left will be suitable at least for risers? What should I be looking at to see if the wood is suitable?
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Thanks for the video, Swamp. Is this you, by chance?



Aw, that makes me sad. Hopefully some of the truck pieces I left will be suitable at least for risers? What should I be looking at to see if the wood is suitable?
Sam makes a good point about log thickness... you can see that in Clay's video. And nope, I am not Clay. Wish I had his talent for making selfbows though.

Honestly, I will say that I have always wanted an osage walking stick. You just can't beat the strength and color of the wood.

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Old 01-31-2018, 04:33 PM   #11
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Thanks for the video, Swamp. Is this you, by chance?



Aw, that makes me sad. Hopefully some of the truck pieces I left will be suitable at least for risers? What should I be looking at to see if the wood is suitable?
Possibly. I would say at a minimum you'd want to be able to make a 1.5" x 1.5" x 18" block of wood for a longbow riser. Of course you can always stack wood for risers to get more thickness. But it needs to be at least 18" long. Some people make risers as short as 16", but an inch on either end helps in case there's any checking.
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I'm not sure about recurve limbs. I see it used a lot in laminate bows for the riser, but can't recall off the top of my head if I have seen it as a wood for recurves. If it is, I'd assume it is more for the veneer. Now for a selfbow, osage is pretty much King! But the straighter the better... which was the log I see at the bottom of the pile. I am by no means anywhere near an expert on that. In fact I haven't completed an osage bow yet.

As far as sealing the ends, you can use titebond or anything waxy like that... not straight paint I don't believe. I sealed my staves that I was given with elmers glue.

here is a good video on osage (harvesting, splitting, sealing...)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eiwt8edIZuw
Can you use paraffin wax like you find in a grocery store?
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