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Re: NFC: Sort of off topic: osage orange
If you are interested in archery it also makes one of
the finest bows there is, hard to work, but I have
made several and they are prize keepers. It was the
wood of choice for several plains tribes.Bowyers often
pay $50 or more for good staves.
--- "D. Martin Moore" <archimed at netdoor_com> wrote:
> Does anybody on this list have any osage orange
> seeds? The fruit
> of this tree also goes by the name of hedge apple or
> horse apple. I
> have heard it called bowdock as well. This tree
> used to be fairly
> common in Mississippi but I'm having trouble finding
> one. Will
> trade some P. hubbsi for a pound or so of seeds :-)
> For those of you who don't know and are wondering,
> this tree has
> several uses. The wood is extremely hard and is
> used to make
> fenceposts which never rot. Plants can also be
> shaped into an
> impenetrable hedge to keep livestock in (or out).
> The fruit is
> reputed to repel insects. I want to replace some of
> the barbed wire
> on my property with a bowdock hedge, hence the
> request for such
> a large number of seeds.
> Jackson, MS
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