Bois d'Arc is an MOR/MOE Study
In a recent episode of the WoodTalk podcast someone asked about making a bow. I decided to use that question to delve deeper into what makes a good species for a bow. This bow wood discussion is a good example of using the technical properties of wood in context to solve an application question. My thought is that a further understanding of the application you need will lead you to examine the technical properties that make it possible. Eventually helping to discover all manner of species that will serve you well for your particular application.
In this case bending strength to allow the bow to flex and stiffness to add force to throw the arrow forward as the bow straightens out. Or, MOR and MOE. Osage Orange is also known as Bois d'arc or Bow wood and when you examine the properties of this and other well known long bow species like English Yew you can understand the magic mix of bending and stiffness. This knowledge allows you to find other species that have the same properties.
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