Osage Orange is a strong, flexible, and durable wood popular among Osage, Comanche, and other Native Americans for making bows.
"In Arkansas, in the early 19th century, a good Osage bow was worth a horse and a blanket," reported Harriet Keeler in her classic 1900 book, Our Native Trees and How to Identify Them.
Osage Orange is a favorite wood of Grammy Award-winning Carolina Chocolate Drops founding member, Dom Flemons.
Only very distantly related to the orange, Osage Orange is instead a member of the mulberry family. Palmer and Fowler's Fieldbook of Natural History 2nd edition, rates Osage orange wood as being at least twice as hard and strong as white oak. The dried wood has the highest BTU content of any commonly available North American wood, and burns long and hot (but you might not want to brag about this to your melody band mates).
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No other store offers Shooting Star bones by exact width. Width varies from batch to batch. But if you are looking to match an old pair of bones, or if you simply want to know what width you are getting, then you have come to the right place.
Narrow (7/8", 1")
Narrow Shooting Star bones deliver a remarkable tonal range for their size. These bones are perfect for kids, people with small hands, and anyone who enjoys the traditional American (aka minstrel one-finger) style of playing.
Wide (1-1/8", 1-3/16", 1-1/4", 1-5/16", 1-3/8")
Wide Shooting Star bones are favored by many experienced players. If you prefer the two-finger (aka Irish or European) style of playing, then you will love these wide classic bones because they enable you to produce a remarkable tonal range. Not sure which size to get? We think 1-3/16" to 1-1/4" is ideal.
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- Width pictured above: 1"
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