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I have long wanted to attempt traditional bow making. Today I took a step in that direction with some Hickory. My question is on the possibility for the wood that I have, I need to further split the logs that I have down and seal the ends. The main reason I am posting is to ask whether the heartwood can be used from Hickory. I believe that there is enough material from each quarter to make at least 2 staves, should I attempt to get a third by first removing the heartwood?





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If you're planning to make a selfbow (no backing material) you need a solid, uninterrupted growth ring for the back of the bow. On hickory you should be able to get a good ring if your careful when removing the bark. Getting a good ring on the heartwood, while doable is tougher. You'd have to "chase a ring", check out primativearcher.com there are a lot of experienced, bowyers there who are happy to help. Just be warned they dont allow discussion of anything involving fiberglass on their forums.
 
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