Thursday, December 24, 2009

Osage Orange

(Maclura Pomifera) Bright yellow orange color, open grained and quite hard but turns well. The Osage Orange tree grows in the American Midwest, and was prized by the plains Native Americans for its worth as a bow wood. Its hard, straight grain made bows of such quality that Native Americans would travel for a week to harvest the wood. In the early 19th century, you could trade a horse for a Osage Orange bow.