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Offline Bill Dean

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Basswood for arrows
« on: December 04, 2017, 07:36:38 am »
Hi,
Does anyone here have experience using basswood (linden) for arrows? I have a ton of boards in my basement and was thinking of using them. Its very light, but I'm not sure how strong it would be, and if it would hold up very well.

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Offline Pat B

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Re: Basswood for arrows
« Reply #1 on: December 04, 2017, 07:47:28 am »
The only thing I've heard about basswood is for carving. I have no idea about using it for arrows. Maybe try some and see how it works.
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Re: Basswood for arrows
« Reply #2 on: December 04, 2017, 07:48:43 am »
Basswood is very brittle and a very "messy" yard tree as a result. I cant imagine it making a good shaft, but that's just a guess.
Only when the last tree has died and the last river has been poisoned and the last fish has been caught will we realize we cannot eat money.

Offline Danzn Bar

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Re: Basswood for arrows
« Reply #3 on: December 04, 2017, 10:05:10 am »
Im with Pat and Pearl on this one....
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Offline JW_Halverson

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Re: Basswood for arrows
« Reply #4 on: December 07, 2017, 12:15:04 pm »
The guy at Allegheny Mountain Arrow Woods told me he had fiddled with basswood shafts, dipping them quickly in a tube filled with MinWax wood hardener.  He said the outer coating of wood hardener worked like the the outer hard rind on cane.  He said it added some weight, toughened them up, too.  Second hand anecdotal evidence for what it is worth.
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Offline Danzn Bar

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Re: Basswood for arrows
« Reply #5 on: December 07, 2017, 03:34:53 pm »
Why go through the trouble....just use cane :)
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Offline JW_Halverson

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Re: Basswood for arrows
« Reply #6 on: December 07, 2017, 03:49:21 pm »
Why go through the trouble....just use cane :)
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Because most of the country does not have access to cane?
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Offline Danzn Bar

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Re: Basswood for arrows
« Reply #7 on: December 07, 2017, 03:53:12 pm »
Why go through the trouble....just use cane :)
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Because most of the country does not have access to cane?
Hummmmm....guess I'm just a little spoiled...
Thanks for setting me straight JW makes sense.
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Offline JW_Halverson

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Re: Basswood for arrows
« Reply #8 on: December 07, 2017, 04:26:23 pm »
I would love to play with cane arrow shafts some day.  They seem to be kinda the perfect storm, strong, tapered, resilient, and abundant when you can find them. Perfect!
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Offline Hawkdancer

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Re: Basswood for arrows
« Reply #9 on: December 07, 2017, 06:53:29 pm »
True, JW, but we got red osier dogwood! >:D Lol!  :)
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Re: Basswood for arrows
« Reply #10 on: December 08, 2017, 06:11:37 pm »
True, JW, but we got red osier dogwood! >:D Lol!  :)
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How do you know it's dogwood?  Because of the bark!   ;D
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Re: Basswood for arrows
« Reply #11 on: December 08, 2017, 09:06:23 pm »
But it doesn't bite, unless you miss  )-w( :-K >:D!
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Offline Buck67

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Re: Basswood for arrows
« Reply #12 on: December 09, 2017, 03:29:53 am »
I have made arrows from Basswood shoots that sprouted up around the base of a stump.  They worked fine.  Not sure how well a board made arrow would work.