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Always been fascinated with self bows so yesterday I went and cut 7 good straight logs to make stave out off . Which didn't take to long because I've got more osage trees than my chainsaw cares to talk about but to my question I know it will have to dry for a year or so but can I go ahead and establish one ring on the back and rough out the stave ? any help would be great !! Thanks in advance guys
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If you want something you've never had , you must be willing to do something you've never done ,... Thomas Jefferson Posts: 933 | From: kentucky | Registered: Nov 2014
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Yes. Split the logs into pieces 3"+ wide, remove the bark and sapwood, follow one heartwood growth ring end to end and seal it. Ends should be sealed as well.
Then cut it out 2" wide while following the grain. Leave plenty of thickness in the handle/dip area and make the rest of the limbs 3/4 thick.
It can then be steamed and straightened if necessary, and/or reflex added, and then left to dry for a couple of months.
Dean Torges' book, Hunting the Osage Bow covers all of this, making an osage selfbow from tree to finish in great detail. Highly recommended reading.
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