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bamboo backed board bow?

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was wondering if there is a board wood i cam back with bamboo? thanks
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i am under the impression that some woods would be overpowered by bamboo. was wondering what board woods wouldnt be overpowered?
 

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Hickory does pretty well with bamboo and is common in most lumber yards and saw mills. Osage is excellent, if you can find a lumber yard that has it in board form. Some of the less dense hardwoods, like hard/rock maple, will work but you need to make the bamboo really thin or it can over power the belly.
 

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osage is superior for this application, but hickory, Ipe and locust are strong in compression as well and can make a servicable bow.

there is no rule that says you have to shop at a lumber yard for bow wood. plenty of reputable sources sell osage slats(and other woods) for a reasonable price. or ask around, you never know who might cut their own, and have an abundant supply of quality bow wood in the form of board stock to sell or trade.
 

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Hickory and any dense tropical wood would be the most reliable.

But as SticknString pointed out, oak, walnut, maple, pecan, and any other semi-dense hardwood board will work if you NARROW the bamboo. So if the belly board is 1 3/4" wide, the bamboo would only be about 1 1/4" or so- maybe narrower if the belly is really light.
 
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