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Making a bow from 100 yo fence post #7570915
04/27/22 11:08 AM
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Pretty awesome. A great watch if you have a half hour. Looks like the post was Osage Orange. Common for fence post back in the day and a wood used often by bowyers.




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Re: Making a bow from 100 yo fence post [Re: Finster] #7570951
04/27/22 12:09 PM
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I see hedge posts 100 yrs old. Good firewood too.


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Re: Making a bow from 100 yo fence post [Re: Finster] #7570967
04/27/22 12:27 PM
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West Central MN
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Years ago I wanted to build one using Osage Orange but no one seemed to k oew what ot even was or looked like. Never did make a bow.


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Re: Making a bow from 100 yo fence post [Re: Finster] #7570968
04/27/22 12:28 PM
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There is a reason it is called "bodark".

But I'd sooner work with something fresh cut. At 100 years old, it would resemble cast iron. Hard on edge tools.

Re: Making a bow from 100 yo fence post [Re: Finster] #7570987
04/27/22 12:54 PM
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That is an awesome set up he has. Would love to know how many man hours he has into one?


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Re: Making a bow from 100 yo fence post [Re: bass10] #7571010
04/27/22 01:24 PM
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Minnesota
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Originally Posted by bass10
That is an awesome set up he has. Would love to know how many man hours he has into one?

Exactly


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Re: Making a bow from 100 yo fence post [Re: Finster] #7571017
04/27/22 01:32 PM
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Northern Maine
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Very nice.


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Re: Making a bow from 100 yo fence post [Re: Finster] #7571190
04/27/22 06:22 PM
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IA, WI, ND, IL
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Man just think if a guy had a wood working shop like his in the video. One man operation. You could make a living making anything you want. I think a guy wound have all the work he could do in a life time. Very impressive skill the man has. MD

Re: Making a bow from 100 yo fence post [Re: martyd] #7571198
04/27/22 06:29 PM
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Originally Posted by martyd
Man just think if a guy had a wood working shop like his in the video. One man operation. You could make a living making anything you want. I think a guy wound have all the work he could do in a life time. Very impressive skill the man has. MD

My wood shop is nicer. Not as big but better machines except for that big belt sander. That's nice.


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Re: Making a bow from 100 yo fence post [Re: Finster] #7571203
04/27/22 06:35 PM
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I have been shooting traditional bows for 54 years. I have made traditional laminated bows. The guy made a very average looking boring recurve bow.

Re: Making a bow from 100 yo fence post [Re: Willy Firewood] #7571287
04/27/22 08:16 PM
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Originally Posted by Willy Firewood
I have been shooting traditional bows for 54 years. I have made traditional laminated bows. The guy made a very average looking boring recurve bow.

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Willy …evah shoot an English Yew Selfbow…..wicked !


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Re: Making a bow from 100 yo fence post [Re: Finster] #7571297
04/27/22 08:19 PM
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I have many white ash staves drying in the rafters, destined for that kind of project someday.


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Re: Making a bow from 100 yo fence post [Re: Finster] #7571311
04/27/22 08:37 PM
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I've made a few self bows out of Bois d'arc/Osage Orange. A broad hatchet, draw knife, rasp and a chain saw file are the only tools you need. Self bows shoot good and you can actually build one in an afternoon. The downside is they will eventually wear out with a lot of shooting.

I've considered building a laminated bow but I'd rather spend the time shooting one of my Bear recurves.
A company called Bingham Projects used to sell kits, all the components and plans. I'm not sure if they're still around.

Re: Making a bow from 100 yo fence post [Re: Finster] #7571368
04/27/22 09:26 PM
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Here's my hickory long bow. Along with my river cane arrow.

Re: Making a bow from 100 yo fence post [Re: Wallace] #7571403
04/27/22 09:51 PM
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^^^^^^^ well done !


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Re: Making a bow from 100 yo fence post [Re: Finster] #7571417
04/27/22 09:56 PM
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I can u boys all the 100 year old hedge posts u want. I just cut them up to cook or heat with.

Re: Making a bow from 100 yo fence post [Re: Finster] #7571420
04/27/22 09:57 PM
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Cool harvest Wallace

Re: Making a bow from 100 yo fence post [Re: Finster] #7571428
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Re: Making a bow from 100 yo fence post [Re: Finster] #7571784
04/28/22 10:04 AM
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FYI Osage Orange aka hedge.
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Re: Making a bow from 100 yo fence post [Re: Finster] #7571789
04/28/22 10:11 AM
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Osage
Osage Orange
Hedge
Hedgeapple
Bodark
Bois d'arc

all the same

great bow wood

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