After having read the infos published by the Japanese ATARNET member Alex S. focused on Japanese forerunners of the famous yumi- bows, my appreciation of this wood is heavily confirmed.
Along Alex S.´ report the forerunners of the famous yumi- bows are made as selfbows of one piece of wood in the same design. Length of a wooden yumi has been about 78″, with a lower limb measuring 1/3 of the length, the upper limb measuring 2/3 of the length.
The wooden yumis had been made of euonymus, sandal- wood(imported from India via China), this must be great to work cause of its smell, I guess a lots of you know its smell from incense sticks. Zelkova serrata has been used by Japanese bowyers, it is a kind of elm. Torreya nucifera was also highly appreciated as a bowwood, it is the Japanese yew.
For not to forget mulberry, which is known for to be used by South Korean bowyers.
The wooden yumis have been called to be more durable, less sensitive to environmental conditions and cheaper as the very delicious to do yumis made of bamboo. The word yumi means nothing else than the word bow, euonymus is called mayumi or bowwood. So it must be highly appreciated by the Japanese bowyers.
I´ve done 5 bows of euonymus, short ones, cause I prefer short bows, but I have to do a wooden yumi, I´m still waiting for some more infos from Alex S.
When you´ve read my article about a very special experience with euonymus(look here for “A bowXplosion”) you know how this wood is able to perform. I´m just working another short euonymus- selfbow, I´m looking for 50lbs at 23″, it should be able to cast a light arrow with more than 200f/s.
I´ll update you