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    Common found trees

    Hey all, I was wondering if anyone knows if maple/sycamores make for good bows ? There's tons of the stuff round my end. Also I'm having trouble identifying some trees, I believe they maybe beech but I'm not 100% Also i apologise for the awful picture quality, thanks guys.

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    Don't think they are Beech (#1 certainly isn't).
    Prob with identification, the bark on something like Ash can look like Oak and 3 foot further up the tree it can be smooth.
    I'd guess, Ash, Maple or Sycamore, any of which will make a bow. Don't discount Hazel, there is usually some of it about, easy to identify, easy to season, easy to work and makes a nice flatbow.
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    Thanks for the infomation on the trees I will be harvesting one soon to start my first flat bow.

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    oak ,beech and chestnut

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    These are indeed oak, beech and horse chestnut (as opposed to sweet chestnut). There are many different species of oak and it was difficult to tell from the photo, but I am wondering whether it could be red oak. Perhaps you could post a better photo of a leaf and this would clinch it.

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    Hi all, sorry its taken this long to reply. As all the snow around my area has now gone il take some more pics of the trees i have. Theres about 40-50 on the land my dad owns and is actually letting me take some, so il post more pics and if any more info on them would be a great help. Thanks again guys.

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