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Osage rampage

Postby stickandlimb » Tue Aug 13, 2013 5:13 pm

I just split out 28 bows......at least I hope they make bows .....had to spray malathion on them .....little holes in the bark..(((((Ralph )))))) when do I have to remove the bark or am I a little late . I cut them down in February . Here is some pictures of the pile and a cross section of two of the logs to show the grain ....tell me what yall think .. I told Tommy I had a friend that had 5 miles of swamp bottom loaded with Osage . That where this came from .
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Re: Osage rampage

Postby Poggins » Tue Aug 13, 2013 7:13 pm

Nice haul, I see a lot of bows there , some heat may be needed on some .
You can start removing the bark and sapwood now and that will get rid of the borers, may whatch the backs for small checks starting but you can coat the backs with thinned down wood glue or shellack to be on the safe side.
With the barck and sapwood removed some of the smaller staves may be ready to work on by the next OJAM or campout, just keep them in a dry place .
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Re: Osage rampage

Postby stickandlimb » Tue Aug 13, 2013 7:38 pm

Thanks ...the ones that are curled up are about 10 foot long so I can trim most of the twist off....
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Re: Osage rampage

Postby Poggins » Tue Aug 13, 2013 7:52 pm

Soak them good with the spray , some of my staves still got borers in them , may not have sprayed them enough and will need to retreat them , just hate to with my beehives so close to the barn where my staves are.
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Re: Osage rampage

Postby KsBow » Tue Aug 13, 2013 8:57 pm

Leslie, the borers are just under the bark. I'd be for getting the bark off asap. The seal the sapwood and sides with glue or something. I use straight wood glue. Once you split em out, that'll speed up the drying and they can be turned into bows sooner.
BTW- just looking at the end and the growth rings, I'm thinking they're all trash. I can drive down tomorrow and haul em off for you. :rolf: Nice stuff-dynamite rings on em. :applaud:
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Re: Osage rampage

Postby stickandlimb » Wed Aug 14, 2013 10:44 am

what is the easy way to get the bark off ? If there is one.
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Re: Osage rampage

Postby KsBow » Wed Aug 14, 2013 3:45 pm

Just have to bite the bullet and break out the drawknife. The bark will come right off. If you've got em split out, it shouldn't take any more that 5 minutes to debark a stave. If you're tired after each, have a cold refreshment. It get to be more fun after 5 or 6 staves. :rolf:
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Re: Osage rampage

Postby campcook » Wed Aug 14, 2013 4:35 pm

Heck Leslie might as well chase the ring to with 1/4 inch or better growth rings even at high speed you couldn't violate a ring. go buy one of those little three inch rollers and trays and gallon of glue and roll it on. Alex
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Re: Osage rampage

Postby stickandlimb » Wed Sep 18, 2013 7:35 am

Well i put a pile of Oklahoma gold in my pond because the bores were taking over faster than I could get to them ... I guess I will have to go swimming a lot when Im ready to make another bow. I roped them together in 3 bunches than to a sucker-rod I hammered in so they wouldn't float away but they floated . I had a 300 pound concrete fence post that I made years ago and I put it on top and they went down . Anybody want one to work on bring your shorts and a strong back .
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Re: Osage rampage

Postby FullDraw » Wed Sep 18, 2013 8:53 am

That ought to drown them little suckers and keep the staves from growing legs and running away, providing the pond doesn't dry up. The bow Tommy harvested his bear with this year spent some time in a pond.
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