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Offline stuckinthemud

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blackthorn dilema
« on: September 14, 2017, 03:01:25 am »
I am in a dilema. There is a blackthorn tree on the edge of a nearby common, at the centre of a blackthorn copse.  It is 4" diameter at the centre of the main stem which is almost knot-free and 62" in length from base to fork. So, I don't like cutting trees that might or might not be useful one-day and its too short for most types of bow I like to make (I know it could be used for take-downs and billets). Would a flawless piece of blackthorn make a decent core?

Offline Progressor

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Re: blackthorn dilema
« Reply #1 on: September 17, 2017, 09:13:48 am »
I am no expert, never even made a horn bow but been studying for a few years... so far I have found that the core should be a light and flexable type wood since it is actually in the neutral plane not really work hard just keeping everything stable.... Like sugar maple, I have herd works well around here. If it were similar characteristics I would say that is how you would know.