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Joe Harmon, builder of the high-performance supercar

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Yellow form on table

Borrowed from bow-makers

Joe and his crew made Splinter's 400 inch-lb. leaf spring from laminated osage orange. Bow-makers prize this tough wood for its strength and flexibility. Joe had to travel to Kentucky to find logs large enough to yield useful veneer. The logs were so hard that they threw sparks and damaged blades as they were being rotary-cut into veneer sheets.

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Jimajmstcom wrote:

I know osage orange is a hard wood . It is one of the worst to get out of my fence rows. I have been told that the sparks are silica. The wood sucks sand up with the moisture and deposits in the capillaries. I don't know if this is fact or fiction, but I wish I could find , and afford some carbie chainsaw chains.

9/24/2015 06:38:16 PM Report Abuse

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