My buddy from Arkansas give me a black locust stave. Do you leave the sap wood on and use the outside wood layer as the back or do you take it down to the heartwood and follow the ring like Osage? I live in Alaska so I don't know how to treat this wood.
Posts: 91 | From: Palmer, AK | Registered: Jan 2004
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Chase a heart wood ring, leave it wide, and heat treat to a light purple/ black on the belly once you first brace before pulling very far. And expect the limbs to get rather thin for the poundage. I’m starting to settle in on 1 3/4” wide limbs for the 50-55# area, 1 5/8” for the 40-45# area. and 2” wide for 55-65#. Hope that helps.