I was walking through a neighborhood nearby and noticed a large pile of sticks, ranging from 1/2 inch in diameter to 3. A bow was the first thing on my mind, so you can imagine the disappointment that I felt when I identified the wood as cottonwood. Turning the corner, though, revealed piles of branches from other woods. I got a few staves of something I don't know (a few basic pictures below), a few decent branches of live oak, and what looks like a giant rose vine (anyone know if this is usable?). I thought I had exhausted everything in the little scrap piles, but I took a different path back to the room than I did to get my little $1.50 hacksaw that I was using, and found a big pile of juniper. It was extremely heavy and tough to cut through, in fact tough enough to break the blade of the hacksaw. Sadly, that ended my garbage-stave collecting night, and I dragged back my new staves.
Here's a picture of some of the juniper:
the live oak
and finally mystery wood (the color actually looks closest to the light pink on that sliver that sticking out of the end), and the leaves and bark from the tree. Anyone know what it is?
Thanks everyone, for keeping my interest going with everything from awe-inspiring bows to thought provoking arguments.
Man, that's really hard to tell from the photo (for me anyway). The pic of the leaves should help some one else ID it for you. One thing that would help is knowing the general geographic location the mystery tree comes from.