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Re: Osage-orange (Bow-Wood)
« Reply #1 on: November 26, 2014, 07:43:44 pm »
Pretty neat. ;D
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Re: Osage-orange (Bow-Wood)
« Reply #2 on: November 27, 2014, 05:11:03 pm »
Thank you , Ron. Very informative.   :P
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Re: Osage-orange (Bow-Wood)
« Reply #3 on: September 29, 2015, 05:11:52 pm »
I have an Osage Orange tree on my property in Shenandoah County (just south of Winchester).

Mine however is definitely a tree, not a hedge.   It's easily 30 ft tall...     Thanks for posting the link!!


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Re: Osage-orange (Bow-Wood)
« Reply #4 on: October 03, 2015, 09:14:07 pm »

   Interesting read. There is one OO tree I know of near here at the entrance to the boardwalk at Sandstone Falls. I recently saw another up the New River while fishing, also it was in a state park. If the doves love the seeds I need to go collect all the fruits and put them out near my deer feeders and maybe the doves will leave my corn for the deer.

   I don't know where they got the Bodark pronunciation. I worked in Cameroon with lots of French speakers and Bois was always pronounced Bwah. I guess many words get modified when spoken by non-native speakers. Keeps things interesting though.
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Re: Osage-orange (Bow-Wood)
« Reply #5 on: October 04, 2015, 05:33:44 am »
yes, a lot can be said or changed just in the way the words come off your tongue. Sometimes just the dialect that some "outsider" (or one lacking some schooling) doesn't understand, can change the spelling because they don't have the ear for it. The locals can spell it correctly, but an outsider changes the spelling to suit his own ear without knowing it's just been butchered by the pen. :D

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Re: Osage-orange (Bow-Wood)
« Reply #6 on: May 24, 2016, 09:23:28 am »
Have lotsa Osage around here.  Farmers used them for "wind rows" fence posts and of course great recurve bow.  The "root wood" is especially sought after.  Very nice wood when milled.  Using a tongue oil brings out an almost golden look to it yet it is quite a bit more heavy/ dense. 
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Re: Osage-orange (Bow-Wood)
« Reply #7 on: May 24, 2016, 01:25:18 pm »
A friend up in Ark. has me on the lookout for old posts to make duck calls out of.  He says the wood below the ground line can me purple.

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Re: Osage-orange (Bow-Wood)
« Reply #8 on: May 24, 2016, 07:30:42 pm »
I have a lot of these on my place. I have a big one to saw up this fall. Like sawing rocks with a dull blade.
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Re: Osage-orange (Bow-Wood)
« Reply #9 on: May 25, 2016, 09:48:15 pm »
Building a bow from OO has been on my list for sometime now, finding someone around me that has some they are willing to part with is another matter. A buddy of mine raised pigs growing up in Kentucky and said his pigs wouldn't even eat the "nasty green brain looking fruit". He also made a comment about how fast the wood dulls saw chain, his perspective was that the bark would collect dirt, dust and all kinds of other junk that would dull the cutters. The farms around here both crop and critter, use the OO as hedgerows, but just let them grow naturally and it and the mulberry take over, with cedars moving in later.
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Re: Osage-orange (Bow-Wood)
« Reply #10 on: May 27, 2016, 09:06:36 am »
Bodark “is a slurring of the French “bois d’arc”—meaning “wood of the bow,” a reference to the Osage Indians’ practice of making bows from the tree.”
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