Last week I posted some info on identifying trees and plants with a cell phone app. Today, I'm following up with the first build using the wood that I collected using that app while on a business trip.
The wood is Witch-Hazel. Felt strong enough to build a frame from and thought I would give it a try. It was harvested from Massachusetts about 30 miles north of Boston. The wood is very similar to south eastern USA trees such as the Wax Myrtle. Meaning, it is a white wood without hardly any visible grain. The good part was how easy it was to debark and sand to 400 grit. Not counting the BLO drying time, this was a 2 hour project from beginning to end. The wood was very white and what you see here is the effect of 3 coats of BLO.
It's just a stick until it has bands and a pouch, so I dug in my box for a quick band test. Pulled out a red precise band and supersure pouch that I had prepped for who knows what. Put it on the fork, grabbed some 5/16 ammo and gave it a commissioning shoot. I have not shot 5/16 very much, so was very happy with my 10 meter results and a brand new frame.