Anyone who has worked with Osage Orange knows that it is a twisted,
bumpy and wavy wood that is superior to most US hardwoods as a bow material.
Osage has a flexibility not seen in locust, hickory or the other woods
commonly used for bows.
Our staves whether they show saw marks or not are hand split with wedges
to ensure good grain integrity. Sawed staves may or may not follow a
twisting grain -- you never know till you take it down to the ring, and
splitting ensures it runs close to right. That is why ours are split.
Osage Orange is the premium traditional bow wood for Plains Style Flatbows
from 38 to 60 inches. It offers the best substrate for sinew-backed bows.
In 1815 a sinew-backed Osage Orange bow was worth a horse and a blanket
in trade in southern Missouri, so the excellence of this wood has long
Our present stock was cut in March of 2009, which means they are completely cured and ready to be worked into a bow. However, please be sure to let your bowstave aclimatize to the particular humidity levels in your area after receiving your bowstave. This should only take a week or two and will prevent any unwanted warp or twisting.
Our bowstaves come without bark, as the bark harbors the notorious beetle
that can eat Osage heartwood. We remove this bark before drying.
We consider the following to be defects in Osage Bowstaves:
Twists that put the two working limbs out of a sync.
Open knots or filled knots significantly larger than a pencil in the
working area of the bow.
Cracks, checks or interruptions in the solid nature of the wood.
Excessive "pins" or solid small areas that would eventually
grow to be a limb.
We consider the following to be acceptible inclusions:
A slight front to back bend in the plane of one limb that could easily
be heat-straightened (not including twists)
A small pin or two or even maybe three in a working area of a limb.
A solid knot in the handle section where there will be no stresses.
A solid knot in the nock area that would not be subject to bend stresses
but be workable into a nock.
Deflex or a reverse bend in the entire stave toward the target.
Flex, or a bend in the stave toward the shooter.
A defect in a stave that is located outside the outline of the bow.
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Building and using archery equipment is dangerous if it is not done
properly. Frontier Edge Works assumes no liability for the use of any
of it's materials in sport archery activities. By selecting a product
below you agree to assume all responsibility for safe standards of use
of these products.
Pictures below ARE REPRESENATIVE of the bow staves for sale. Please
see the acceptable inclusions listed above.