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This is an old Bow of mine, made a few years ago that was on a Lewis and
Clark display in the Phipps Observatory at Pittsburg,Pa.It is a great
shooter and not ready to retire.

Maclura pomifera
Family: Moraceae

Osage Orange

The genus Maclura contains about 12 species native to: North America [1], with the rest in tropical
America and Africa. The genus name maclura is after William Maclure (1763-1840), and American
geologist, while the species epithet pomifera means bearing pomes or apples, in allusion to the large,
spherical fruits.
Maclura pomifera-Bodare Us, Bodark, Bodeck, Bodock, Bois d'arc, Bowwood, Geelhout, Hedge,
Hedge Apple, Hedge-plant, Horse Apple, Maclura, Mock Orange, Naranjo Chino, Osage, Osage
Apple-tree, Rootwood, Wild Orange, Yellow-wood.

Native to Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas, but since escaped and naturalized throughout the eastern
and north western US.

The Tree
Osage Orange is a medium size tree with thorns which grows in bottom lands. It attains a height of 60
feet and a diameter of 3 feet. The bark has an orange cast and was used in making kaki dye during
W.W.I. It produces large spherical fruits the size of large grapefruits in the fall.

The Wood
The sapwood of Osage Orange is narrow and light yellow, while the heartwood is golden to bright
orange, which darkens upon exposure. The heartwood can also contain red streaks. It has no
characteristic odor or taste. The wood is very hard, heavy, tough, resilient and takes a high luster. It is
ring porous and commonly confused with black locust (Robinia pseudoacacia).

Drying and Shrinkage
Working Properties: Osage Orange is difficult to work due to its hardness. It holds glue and screws
well, but is difficult to nail.

Durability: Osage Orange is considered one of the most durable woods in North America.

Preservation: No information available at this time.

Uses: : Fuel wood, fence posts, game calls, smoking pipes, artificial limbs, crutches, insulator pins,
wheel rims & hubs of farm wagons, railroad ties, treenails, machinery parts, archery, bows (Native
Americans), dye from roots, planted for windrows and hedges.

Toxicity: The sap can cause dermatitis.

If you can find these books you will enjoy them as they are a group some of the best titles in Archery.


The Derrydale Press, Inc. As New. Limited/Numbered. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Complete 29 volume set.
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Spines have bright gilt, blind-stamped lettering, decorative rules, an arrow and a miniature version of
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1. "Archery," by Longman and Walrond;

2. "A Study of Bows and Arrows," by Saxton Pope;

3. "The Witchery of Archery," by Maurice Thompson;

4. "Target Archery," by Robert Elmer;

5. "Archery, the Technical Side," by Hickman, Nagler and Klopsteg;

6. "Toxophilus," by Roger Ascham and "Archery, its Theory and Practice," by Horace Ford;

7. "Turkish Archery," by Paul Klopsteg and "Modern Methods in Archery," by Reichart and Keasy;

8. "Book of the Longbow," by Robert Elmer;

9. "Hunting the Hard Way," by Howard Hill;

10. "Wild Adventure," by Howard Hill;

11. "Archery," by Robert Elmer;

12. "Hunting With the Bow and Arrow," by Saxton Pope;

13. " American Archery," by Robert Elmer;

14. "Fred Bear's Field Notes," by Fred Bear;

15. "The Archers Craft," by Adrian Hodgkin;

16. "The Book of Archery," by George Hansard,

17. "Sagittariues, " by Bob Swinehart;

18. "The Complete Book of the Bow and Arrow," by Howard Gillelan;

19. "Ishi in Two Worlds," by Kroeber;

20. "A Bibliography of Archery," by Lake and Wright;

21. "The Grey Goose Wing," by E.G. Heath;

22. "The Adventurous Bowmen," by Saxton Pope;

23. "Ye Sylvan Archer, Vol. I";
24. "Ye Sylvan Archer, Vol. II";
25. "Ye Sylvan Archer, Vol. III";
26. "Ye Sylvan Archer, Vol. IV";
27. "Ye Sylvan Archer, Vol. V";
28. "Ye Sylvan Archer, Vol. VI"; and
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