Originally Posted by yazul42
Kinberfan,,, have you ever tried osage orange,, bois darc,, or what ever name that it may be called,,, a friend of mine is a traditional bowyer and we gather the wood from fencerows that have been taken out for self bows. There is always extra chunks around so we saw them down for scales when we can. They can be tough to work but they make nice primitive styled knife scales and when they are exposed to sunlight and age somewhat, they darken and have a pleasing appearance. They seem to be very durable as well. I have not had the chance to go to a Hammer In for several years but it was always fun to guess who may show up,, it was always very enjoyable to watch the Masters perform their art and sad to realize that much of this knowledge may be lost due to our society being more concerned with technology and instant gratification versus the patience of hand work done with dedication and respect for tradition. Good luck in your endeavors sir.
I have used that wood before but, I can't recall how well it worked out (I'm old). If I recall it is a very nice looking wood and I've seen many use it with darker wood spacers. Interesting on the archery use for that, I'm sure there's a lot more to working that wood in regards to building a bow than I'm familiar with. I would think it would be attractive nonetheless.
I hope you can attend more hammer in meetings, I can tell you that there are so many quiet and brilliant craftsman out there that if they had not come to a gathering, their art most likely would go unknown. Having worked on the anvil for more years than I care to count, I have been rocked back on my heels a hundred times by the works of my fellow blacksmith friends. I'm so glad I got to share time with all of them. Best of luck to you also in finding that same circle to garnish skills on such a wonderful craft.