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Offline SebastianArc

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Starting an Osage Flatbow
« on: November 16, 2023, 10:12:02 am »
So Iíve just finished taking this piece of Osage to a single growth ring, and starting to think about the dimensions of this flatbow, I donít have a lot of experience with Osage , Iíve only ever made 2 ELBs some years ago, with slight regret as I know now that Osage loves being made flat. I know it definitely can make elbs with success but I moved to the idea that Osage has always been a flatbow for a reason.. anyway Iím looking to making this bow quite heavy with gentle recurves and around 70# will be happy with 65#@ 28 with a max draw 29Ē itís a quite narrow stave at its most narrow itís 1 1/2Ē just wondering if any of you Osage pros can lead me on the right direction with whatís best dimensions for this..



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Offline Pat B

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Re: Starting an Osage Flatbow
« Reply #1 on: November 16, 2023, 01:23:47 pm »
It's a nice clear stave. How are the rings? 1 1/2" is plenty wide enough and 66" to 68" would be a good length. I think I'd go 1 1/2" at the fades and out 8" or so before tapering to 3/4" tips for now and once you get to first brace and everything lines up I'd reduce the tips to 3/8".
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Offline Selfbowman

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Re: Starting an Osage Flatbow
« Reply #2 on: November 16, 2023, 01:33:21 pm »
Make it wide as possible at the fades take it parallel for 8Ē.taper to 1-1/4 at mid limb. Then to 1Ēwide  8Ē from the tip and then about 3/8 at string knock. 69Ē long with a 9-10Ē stiff handle if you like a handle. Reflex the ends if you prefer. This will give you a smooth drawing bow. But there is lots of other ways to get it done.
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Re: Starting an Osage Flatbow
« Reply #3 on: November 16, 2023, 01:35:53 pm »
Pat you beat me to it while I was typing. We are thinking alike thatís scary.🤠 yes a nice stave!!!
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Re: Starting an Osage Flatbow
« Reply #4 on: November 16, 2023, 03:13:22 pm »
Great minds!   8)
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Re: Starting an Osage Flatbow
« Reply #5 on: November 16, 2023, 05:00:35 pm »
Thanks a lot guys! Will get that laid out tomorrow!

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Re: Starting an Osage Flatbow
« Reply #6 on: November 16, 2023, 05:07:26 pm »
The rings are pretty tight on this stave

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Re: Starting an Osage Flatbow
« Reply #7 on: November 17, 2023, 12:18:46 am »
Not bad rings but the early/late ring ratio could be better but it is what it is and it will make a good bow.  :OK Keep us posted with your success.
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Re: Starting an Osage Flatbow
« Reply #8 on: November 17, 2023, 11:58:21 am »
Yes.  Thatís a clean stave.  Good advice from these guys too.  Iím doing one with similar rings now actually.  Best luck.  Iím watching this one.   hereís a pic of the piece Iím working with for comparison.  Itís a very old stave that I got a couple years ago likley 10plus years old.  The Color is very dark which is kinda cool.  We shall see if it will bow. 
« Last Edit: November 17, 2023, 12:10:36 pm by superdav95 »
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Offline Selfbowman

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Re: Starting an Osage Flatbow
« Reply #9 on: November 18, 2023, 03:37:13 pm »
Dave if the belly has more early wood than late wood you might consider trapping the back some.
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Re: Starting an Osage Flatbow
« Reply #10 on: November 18, 2023, 11:00:38 pm »
Dave if the belly has more early wood than late wood you might consider trapping the back some.

Ok Iíll see about that when I get more done with it.  Iíll pic your brain on that more.  As for the first few rings they look pretty good with more late wood but the next bunch on down are very tight the get thicker again towards the belly.  It was less then perfect stave for sure but I love the Color so I figured Iíll give it a go. 
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Re: Starting an Osage Flatbow
« Reply #11 on: November 19, 2023, 10:45:16 am »
No way to know but the tighter rings may have been caused from drought. The tree had the same dirt during that time.
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