What would you want for a hickory or locust stave? I jus realized you responded to my post about the knapping material. I have a little stone but I'm no sure the flakes I have would be large enough to suit your needs. I apologize for not noticing that before, I don't check this wall much
I'm planing for the bow to be 60-66 inches and 2 inches wide from handle to mid limb. So a 65-70 inch by 3 inch stave should give me room to play I think. And the flatter the rings the better (from a large diameter tree) due to my inexperience I don't want to get into decrowning yet. I'd like to stay away from the myrtle since there aren't any growth rings. And of course any natural reflex is prefered. I will probably reflex the tips and sinew back it so imperfections aren't huge issues BUT the better the stave the less likely I am to completely screw it up.
Not trying to be picky I'm studying all of this stuff and designing it as recommended for the stats I'm aiming for. Planning on a 55-65lb bow.