Bows that are
Our Osage Orange Staves and Billets
come from carefully selected trees
and are hand split to provide the best
grain formation possible.They are
sealed to prevent cracking and then
stored to slowly age.If you are
interested in building your own
bow;please E mail James Easter for
more information.

These pieces are Osage Orange Billits
(short lengths of Osage Orange used in
two piece Bows) and Staves(longer lengths
that will make one piece Bows).
Examples of our high
quality Billits and
Staves that are
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been for 23 years in 2014. We do not update this
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These guys are in the learning
stages and therefore very SLOW;
so these Osage Staves will be
some time in the process.The
young man working the stave is
our AFS student in 1988 from
Mexico (Aaron) and the
supervisor on the job is a friend
of Aaron's (Omar).They came here
this fall just to learn the finer
details of bowmaking.Hehe.Not!

Here are some nice staves for
2003.A lot of extra hard work here.

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This is long ways from the
dirt floor, 60 watt light
bulb,and no heat James
had at age 14 when he
made his first Osage Bow.
Examples of hard to find Osage Orange Stave material;Straight,No
Knots,Limb Growth,or Twisted Trunk.Osage Orange likes to grow
twisted with many limbs up the trunk.You can prune your crop of
Osage Orange to get this result 25 years later.
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General growth ring
pattern. A little flat on one
side.Count the rings.I get
about 26.This about 12
inches across.
More Osage Stave information
on this site.
Here is a real nice group of staves.

These Osage Staves are
examples of hard work and

I came across some very good information on the growth ring pattern of
the Osage Orange and description.I know there are misconceptions on
this and hope I can shed some light on the subject.The area in No.1 is
called the Heartwood.No.2 is the bark.No.3 is the Sapwood and this wood
is removed along with the bark in all our staves.No.4 is the Earlywood and
this is a narrow ring of porous light colored wood between the Latewood
rings.No.5 is the Latewood and the ring that the Bowyer is interested in
keeping intact the length of his bow.When the Bowyer talks of Growth
Rings it is about the Latewood rings that hold the key element of his Bows
strength on the Bows back.You should stay on the same Latewood Ring
the whole length of your bow.
Good Osage Orange should have tight Earlywood Rings;should be 8 to 10
inches or larger in diameter and as straight as you can procure;Latewood
Rings should be thick and dark,and as few knots as you can find.All of this
sounds good but Osage Orange is noted for it's nice twisted growth with
many limbs protruding from the trunk so finding the log as shown above is
the exception not the rule.The perfect Stave probably does not exist.
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take a look.You will have to type in his name in the search
box and then you will be taken to all his writings.
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