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Offline Mesophilic

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Black locust for shoot shafts?
« on: September 13, 2022, 10:01:23 am »
We have alot of black locust shoot growing in some burn scar.  Many are pretty straight and not too snakey.

Does BL make a good shoot shaft?
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Offline Pat B

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Re: Black locust for shoot shafts?
« Reply #1 on: September 13, 2022, 10:33:43 am »
Black locust could make a good shoot arrow but the locust around hear would be too big for arrows after the second growth year which is the best time to harvest shoot shafts.
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Re: Black locust for shoot shafts?
« Reply #2 on: September 14, 2022, 09:58:19 am »
Thanks, if I run across some that look like good candidates,  I'll go ahead and cut them to check the growth rings.
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Re: Black locust for shoot shafts?
« Reply #3 on: September 14, 2022, 12:08:03 pm »
You don't have to check growth rings, If the shoot only has leaves it is 1st year growth. If it has small branches it is at least 2nd year growth. Locust has compound leaves so don't mix them up for small branches.
Make the most of all that comes and the least of all that goes!    Pat Brennan  Brevard, NC

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Re: Black locust for shoot shafts?
« Reply #4 on: September 15, 2022, 12:17:20 pm »
Good to know, thanks again!
Trying is the first step to failure
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