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Here are some slides of the popular woods available for bow making.
ARARIBA It's a light honey brown with redish grain.
ASH Comes from Eastern U.S. and Canada. Light cream to light brown.
BLACK LIMBA Comes from West Africa. Pale yellow to light brown with a nice dark streaks.
BLACK LOCUST Pale yellow to light brown with a nice dark streaks.
BLOODWOOD Comes from South America. Also called Satine. Rich strawberry red, sometimes with golden yellow stripes. Hard and heavy. Weight: 60 lbs.cu.ft
BOCOTE Comes from Mexico and South America. Sometimes called Mexican Rose wood. Dark brown to yellow with dark grain patterns. Hard and fairly heavy, great riser wood. Weight: 50-60 lbs.cu.ft
BOLIVIAN ROSEWOOD Comes from South America. Deep brown light and dark streaks. Very hard and heavy. Weight: 45-55 lbs.cu.ft
BUBINGA (African Rosewood) Comes from west Africa. Redish brown and sometimes has lines of dark purple. Hard and heavy, makes great riser wood. Weight: 58 lbs.cu.ft
CHAKTE KOK Comes from Central America and the east coast of Mexico.
Varies from bright red to pink or violet with dark streaks.
CHECHEM Comes from Central America, Mexico, and the Yucatan.
Red golden-brown and has lines of dark grain.
CHERRY Comes from Eastern U.S. and Canada. Reddish brown with a golden luster.
COCOBOLO Comes from Mexico. Dark red, rose to yellow-brown, with some purple or black.
Very hard and tough on tools. Weight: 60-80 lbs.cu.ft
GABOON EBONY Comes from Africa. Jet black but sometimes has light colored streaks.
Hard and heavy. Weight: 55-75 lbs.cu.ft
GONCALO ALVES Comes from Central Amercia. Light golden brown to reddish brown,
has lines of dark grain. Weight: 55-80 lbs.cu.ft
HICKORY Comes from U.S. and Canada. Cream white with streaks of brown or tan.
Hard and heavy.
HOLLY Comes from North America. It's a light yellowish cream, fairly hard and light weight.
HONEY LOCUST It's a light honey brown with slightly darker grain.
Fairly hard and light weight.
IMBUYA It's a rich dark brown with dark grain pattern .
Fairly light weight and hard .
JATOBA (Brazil Cherry) Comes from South America. Russet to reddish brown .
Often with dark stripes and streaks.
JUNIPER Comes from the western U.S. Light red, cream, and purple .
Very similar in appearence to red cedar but is stronger and not as brittle.
Very pretty and a great performer layed-up in longbow laminations.
KATALOX It's a deep dark brown with almost no grain visable. Hard and heavy.
KCT Light honey brown with redish grain.
KINGWOOD Comes from Brazil .alsocalled violetwood or violete or Violete .
Light to dark violet with darker stripes of purple.
Hard and heavy, great riser wood. Weight: 75-80 lbs.cu.ft
KWILA Redish brown and has little grain with dark and light speckels .
LACEWOOD Comes from Australia. Light pink to light reddish brown,
speckled figure with dark flects.
CURLY MAPLE Comes from the U.S. and Canada. Very hard, heavy, and light colored.
Curly grain paterns. Makes great risers. Weight: 45 lbs.cu.ft
MAPLE, ROCK HARD Comes from Northeast U.S. and Canada.
Cream white to reddish brown, has set the standard for limb laminations for years!
Weight: 45 lbs.cu.ft
MYRTLE Comes from Pacific coast of the U.S.
Pale brown to yellowish green, often variegated.
OSAGE Comes from all over the Southern U.S. Has many local names such as "bodart," "bodark," "hedge," "hedge apple," "horse apple," "bois de arc", and probably others I've never heard of! Very hard and heavy wood that has been used forever in selfbows. Color varies from bright yellow to deep orange, tends to darken with age. Great riser wood and has it's followings for limb laminations.
PADUAK Comes from West Africa. Bright orange-red, often with dark stripes.
Weight: 40-50 lbs.cu.ft
PURPLE HEART Also called Amaranth. It's purple! Comes from Mexico,
Central, and South America. Very hard and heavy,
makes great risers. Weight: 60-65 lbs.cu.ft
RED ELM Also called Slippery Elm, comes from Canada and the U.S.
Reddish brown to dark brown. Very common limb lamination wood for good reasons!
Hard and strong but realitivly light weight. Very pretty cut flat grain.
SASAFRASS Comes from mid to eastern U.S. Light to medium brown
with darker brown grain pattern. Sure smells good!
SHEDUA Comes from West Africa. Golden brown with black grain .
Hard and heavy, it makes very nice risers. Weight: 50 lbs.cu.ft
TULIPWOOD Light brown with light red to darker red grain. Very pretty!
WALNUT Good ol' black walnut. Common throughout the eastern and southern U.S.
Deep dark brown with some black grain patterns.Varies greatly in weight, hardness, and grain.
Heavier pieces make beautiful risers but what is commonly overlooked is walnut makes great limb lams. Weight: 40-50 lbs.cu.ft
WENGE Comes from West Africa. Dark brown to black, coarse texture very hard and heavy.
YEW Comes from Pacific Northwest and England. It's a light honey brown with tight redish grain. Fairly light weight. Yew has been a standard in selfbows since the dawn of time. It has it's followings as a limb lamination wood.
ZEBRA Comes from west Africa. A fairly hard and heavy wood, makes good risers and limb lams. Very light, straw color with very dark stripes through it. Weight: 45-55 lbs.cu.ft
ZIRICOTE Comes from Mexico, Central and South America. Tobacco brown to reddish brown with irregular dark brown or blackish streaks and variegations. Weight: 50-60 lbs.cu.ft
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