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Ric O'Shay

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No, I'm not talking about the one that is on everyone's lips these days. It's the onw that creeps up one you when your are doing your best to fight it off. It's the dreaded Bois D' Arc 2020. I have photos on my phone to verify everything said in this post. If you want to see, text me and I'll send them. But they are not for the faint of heart.

The spring of last year found me in Southern Oklahoma scouting an area and doing some shed hunting. The state rep there and I were talking and he mentioned that almost 3 years ago he had cut some nice Osage staves and that they had been in the rafters of his barn drying. One thing led to another and after an hour of deliberation, he had given me two of the staves and challenged me to find the bow that he knew was located in each. 

Well. I'd never made a bow before and even for the last 40 years had managed to resist that urge. However, I've never been one to walk away from or sidestep such a blatant, in your face challenge. So, I accepted the gift of two staves and drove back to Texas. Willingly or not, I had been infected with Bois D' Arc 2019. This is a terrible infection with almost a years incubation period.

I drove home, placed the staves in my garage and there they sat until 6 weeks ago. With the Honey Do's out of the way for the weekend, I succumbed to the urge. I borrowed the tools and began the journey down the road that has no end. I began chasing the proverbial Osage Ring. I had been drawn into the "Valley of the Elusive Ring". 

Now, this was no ordinary, run of the mill Osage stave. It was a displaced OKIE stave. Removed from its home land and transported across the Red River to the dreaded Lone Star State of TEXAS. With every pull on the draw knife it fought the immature, inexperience but hard headed Texan. The term "bowmaker" or "bowyer" has been deliberately avoided. For three weeks the stave fought to hide its growth ring. Finally, this writer found the opposite end of the stave with only one growth ring the entire length. The inexperienced Texan was winning the battle....for the moment. 

Unknowingly, during its year of captivity, the stave had forged a lasting friendship with Delta. No, not Tanya Tucker's friend Delta Dawn, but Delta Bandsaw. You see they had been housed together for a year and had developed a 'till death do us part' friendship. This was soon to become evident.

I carefully laid out the future bow on the not to give up stave. As the stave and I approached the bandsaw and my left hand flipped on the power switch, somewhere in the nether reaches of brain a still small voice said, "Be careful." Totally disregarding the voice, I began to remove the parts that would not be a bow and wood find its way to the scrap wood burn  pile. Then it happened. The pact between the bandsaw and the stave suddenly can to life in the form of and uncontrollable power saw. Before it could be shut off, the bandsaw had cut through the area that was to be the handle, removing it and was rapidly on its way to severing through the middle of the yet hidden bow. A vengeful stave, and its accomplice had taken advantage of inexperience. Sadly, the near destroyed stave was placed in the scrap wood pile and was soon to find its was to the burn pile. 

This story does not end here on the sad note. After three days of self chastisement, I decided that their death pact was not to be. I retrieved the damaged stave and set to work. Another trip to the bandsaw to remove excess wood and three more weeks of rasping and scraping, one session with olive oil and a heat gun had produce and acceptable looking bow ready for the tiller tree. Then an Osage block large enough to be the handle was glued to the riser. White ivory tips were glued onto the bow. Then the bow that had refused so hard to be found, finally, from the depths of its funeral fire in the burn pile rose up, took wings and became known as "The Phoenix". 

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Well articulated!
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Very good story, Danny!!!!

Let’s see pics of Phoenix!!!!!

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awesome story
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Post the pics!!!
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Great story.  I'm with everybody else--I want to see this bow!
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Thanks Danny, a good read indeed!
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After several requests to post pictures and not send them individually, I must confess, I don't know how to do this. You see, I'm PC challenged. A short video and several pics are on my phone and I can't get them from there to here. [confused] So, if anyone can help this confused, PC challenged person, Please Help!!
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After several requests to post pictures and not send them individually, I must confess, I don't know how to do this. You see, I'm PC challenged. A short video and several pics are on my phone and I can't get them from there to here. [confused] So, if anyone can help this confused, PC challenged person, Please Help!!


I’m your huckleberry!!!! PM sent!

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I hail from about 4hrs southwest of Tim King! [biggrin]
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Tell us what kinda system you are using on line
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I did too !

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Awesome journey! don't feel bad, my wife does all of my pics. she keeps showing me how but I just keep forgeting how. I am very challenged now in this area. worst comes to worst, you can send them to someone else via your phone and they can add them to this post. glad that you didn't give up totally and went back to salvage the stave. Ah, but look at the learning curve that you gained. 
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Great story!! Would love to see your pictures and a report on how it shoots. If you need help up loading your pics to your computer send me a PM and I will try to walk you through it.
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PLEASE PICTURES and finish the story. What poundage is it, have you taken any game with it?
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