Where bad choices make good stories
Thant's called kindling
And posted it anyway,,
Shoulda went to Cabela's.
Shoulda used bodaark, spelled "Bois De Arc" like my ancestral brethren. You know, horse apples, hedge apples, osage oranges.
Any relation to Joan De Arc?
Joan De Arc was the mother of the California Oil tycoon who started ARCO
I'm going to guess that he knew he had F'd it up at some point prior to the last part but went ahead with it for comedic effect.
He went to a lot work to make some kindling for his stove....Tim in AK
I thought he was making tooth picks
And that is why you carefully tiller a bow when making it... That whole gradual bending and removal of wood to find problem areas before you yank it back and break it.
Reminds me of my son making a new handle for a kaiser blade (Mmmm Hmmm...think sling blade) that the handle had been broken about 4 inches below the head. He spent the entire day cutting some hickory, shaping, sanding, fitting, sharpening, etc. Took it down into the woods to try it out on a sapling. First swing he hit the sapling with the handle. It broke...about 44 inches below the head. Sure wish I had video of that.
Took a survival course forever ago in the Absaroka Mountains. We were taught to harden the wood with heat. Burying it beneath a fire was one such option. I'm guessing that step would have given this guy a torch.
I had a buddy that would billet and stave Yew trees, and after 1 year cure, then he would make bows. He studied with some traditional place in England, was always a joy to watch him work or see what he made. This poor guy... Whelp, kindling is right...
Yeah, down here in Texas you cut a mesquite after the first hard freeze, then stack it for a year or so. After that you have a fence post that might last 80 years. Works lots better than a bow.
He didn't follow the grain. He just shaped it to look pleasing. You have to follow the grain even if it twists and curves and the limbs come out looking asymmetrical. Form must follow function.
Chop with Chris! Love his videos, he's a great advocate of hand tool woodworking. He's made successful bows before, but he never hesitates to show his fuck-ups. Plus they're good for a laugh. His vids aren't usually very long, but he makes some really cool stuff.
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