Boog. I appreciate the research. The bark is much smoother than the KC, and the leaves are staggered, unlike the Black Walnut.
Hey, i like your landscaping. Better than mine. I just shove plants in the dirt wherever I know they'll have sun, shade, soil, and water, lol. That pear on the right has a nice thick trunk. Are you going to top them when they get to roof-height? You could keep them pruned short so they grow outwards, or just let them grow naturally and extend over the house. A little extra shade on your roof helps with the AC bill in the summer.
Hrmmm, I don't think it is a dogwood, either. We have them down here, and I'd like to grow them near the entrance to my driveway. So pretty when they are in bloom. I dont have any yet, though.
They burn Orange Osages in Texas because horses can get sick from the fruit. It happens to be a revered bow-wood, among the 3 best in the world. The other two are Snakewood/Soldierwood, found in jungles of the Caribbean, and supposedly south florida (I doubt it. I spent so much time in swamps, savannas, and woods in south florida and never saw anything like it, other than certain eucalyptus which look similar); and various species of Mangrove... which are so damned illegal to cut. Fines and Jail-time, unless you have them on your own property. All 3 of these woods are more dense than water, so they sink when thrown in water.
I was always tempted to take a stave of mangrove from down south, but the legal ramifications are way too great to risk. Also, the mangroves are so important to wildlife.
Men like that are all but extinct, these days. A strenuous life has taught me a lot of useful things, and I consider myself a jack of all trades, but it will be some years before I would consider myself as competent as those hill-men, mountain men, etc.
Hey man, if he carves bows, I say hes a bowyer.
If he is in kentucky, I will bet he is either using waxed hemp or sinew.