Hi all. Just have a question about staves. I have lots of white ash in my woods. Also have lots of osage orange trees. Anyway, I was poking around on the net looking for info on osage staves to see if I could get any use out of these trees. (I shoot compound only, not traditional).
During my search I found this on ebay:
WOW. If this is the same species of ash I have I am sitting on a gold mine! Seriously, is ash good for bowmaking? I have several 8-18" ash trees and I may just cut one or two down if the staves are really worth something - and before the emerald ash borer works it's way down here from Michigan and northern Indiana. Ash is pretty easy to split compared to osage, and heck, in the listing above the guy didn't even remove the bark.
If I were to do this, what diameter log would you all suggest I start with? Is now an ok time of year to cut?