Selection of a tree begins the bow making process. I might choose only 5 or 6 out of a hundred trees. I make a careful study of the way the tree grows, paying specific attention to the Osage bark, as the grain of the wood follows the bark.
A chain saw is the only power tool used, the felled trees are split with steel wedges and hammers. Removal of the bark and sap wood underneath is next. Then the wood needs to be cured for at least a year. Only then may one begin the carving to uncover the beautiful bow inside.
Using only draw knives, hatchet and/or machetes we begin to shape the bow. There is something spiritual when using with your hands working with this particular wood, the Osage Orange, as it has so much soul and Spirit inside. You will develop a connection with your bow long before it shows itself to you.
The magic Spirit of the bow awakens in your hands through focused attention and intention. You can’t know exactly what this means until you’re holding your own bow crafted by YOU.