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Offline bluejack

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fire hardening
« on: March 11, 2022, 12:24:20 pm »
HELLO ALL, Would there be any advantage to fire hardening an osage bow the same way you would a whitewood bow ? THANKS,

Offline bjrogg

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Re: fire hardening
« Reply #1 on: March 11, 2022, 01:44:08 pm »
I donít know.

Have heard some say Osage doesnít really need or gain anything from heat treatments.

Give it a try and let us know

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Offline Pat B

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Re: fire hardening
« Reply #2 on: March 11, 2022, 01:52:03 pm »
Fire hardening isn't as necessary with osage because it is already compression strong however it won't hurt anything to fire harden osage. When you use dry heat to make adjustments on osage you are also adding some fire hardening to it. Even though it isn't necessary with osage I still do my version of fire hardening though my method is not as drastic as with Marc St Louis' fire hardening method. I just add a little more heat all over while I'm adding reflex and/or making corrections.
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Offline organic_archer

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Re: fire hardening
« Reply #3 on: March 13, 2022, 12:27:49 am »
In my experience with fire hardening osage over coals, it was too harsh and completely destroyed it. Cracked to pieces. I prefer a light heat treatment.
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Offline bassman211

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Re: fire hardening
« Reply #4 on: March 13, 2022, 07:25:45 am »
I have never had any intentions to fire harden Osage over coals, but that is good to know. I know  fire hardening works really well with oak, hickory, black gum, and elm. I use a heat gun to reflex, and straighten Osage, but never more than I need to. Amazing wood for self bows.