Osage Orange Primitive Flatbow
What is a Primitive Bow?
Primitive bows are made by hand from a single piece of wood. They are the most individual bows and remind of simpler times when man hunted with the bow thousands of years ago. Their design and form follows the grain of the wood and is carefully shaped and crafted to achieve the perfect compromise between speed, efficiency and durability. A primitive bow has no shelf and the arrow sits on top of the hand, as a result they can be shot right and left handed.
What is Osage Orange?
From native Americans to modern bowyers, Osage orange is one of archery’s most heralded woods and possibly the best bow-wood on earth. Osage orange is a gnarly, shrub-like tree that might make you wonder how anyone can make a bow from its wood. Don’t be fooled by its appearance. Osage orange grows durable wood that’s ideal for building bows. The wood is a brilliant orange when split from the tree, and darkens to a caramel color as it ages.
How will my bow look?
This is very hard to tell! Each bow is unique and depends on the wood. Imperfections in Osage-orange wood make for interesting, high-character bows. Sometimes this can lead to so called “snaky bows”. Sometimes you even have a whole in the bow – which will not affect the bow but adds to its uniqueness!
Famous bowyer Ron Hardcastle wrote: “As smitten as I am with Osage, even a cursory glance will show that it is far from perfect, often growing in treacherous twists and snakes and leaded with knots and thorns. But herein, for many bowyers, lies the interest and excitement of wood bowyery.”
What comes with my bow?
Your bow comes with a leather grip and horn nock overlays and has a Dacron endless string. For storage and protection your bow comes with a black bow sleeve.
What arrows do I need?
A wooden bow wants and needs a heavy arrow! Aim at least for 450grn weight. A cedar shaft weighs around 12GPI, so with 30″ length and a 125grn head you get to about 485grn. Another option is to use a heavier carbon arrow shaft like the Gold Tip Traditional with a 100grn brass insert and a 125grn point, which at 30″ and 500 spine gets you just over 483grn. Real feather fletching on arrows used for this bow will work best.
What do I do for maintenance?
The bow is waxed with a paraffin based wax and treated with linseed oil. Oiling and waxing it regularly will keep it in great condition. You shouldn’t use a varnish over it.
What is so good about this bow:
Shooting a primitive bow connects us right with ourselves and nature. They are a true piece of art and if maintained well will give us joy for a long time. Osage Orange lets us experience its aging process: starting with a bright yellow it will darken to a dark honey and if we’re lucky then over the next decades we can see it turn deep brown-purple.
Bow length: 68″ (approximate)
Draw weights: 26# – 60#
Maximum draw length: 32″
Hands: both – can be shot right and left handed
Brace height: approx. 7″
Riser: Osage Orange one piece bow with a leather grip
Nocks: Horn overlay
String: Endless Dacron (this bow is not fast-flight compatible!)
Included: Bow, string, bow cover