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Bois d'arc bow presentation canceled

The seminar about the history and making bois d’arc bows that was scheduled Thursday in Oklahoma City has been canceled.
The event has not been rescheduled.
Phil Cross of Binger, a member of the Caddo Tribe who makes bois d’arc bows, said it might be rescheduled in the future.
For more information about Cross and his bows, visit or email him at
Cross wrote an instructional booklet for the Boy Scouts on crafting a bow and arrows from bois d’arc wood.
Many Indian tribes carved and used bois d’arc bows in hunting and were regarded as masters of the weapon, including the Caddo tribe.
The bows were made from bois d’arc trees, commercially known as Osage orange and often locally called hedgeapple or horseapple trees.
“Often I have searched a grove of many dozen bois d’arc trees without finding a single good suitable limb, and sometimes one may have to search through many groves to find a few good staves,” Cross said. “But, many (archers) feel that the rarity and difficulty in working the wood contributes to the special lure and charm in making a good bois d’arc bow.”

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