Cornus Mas plants look like they come from another world. Who once has such a stick out of this material in his hands knows about his power. They are living fossils. There are findings fossil plant remains from the Tertiary.
A shaman who lived among Indians says our ancestors the megalithic culture must have lived like the Native Americans. The importance that Osage Orange had in america, for sheetmaking, should be the same, here on site for the Cornus. At least conceivable in the limited space where that wood was available.
For the high-end material of the past, just hundreds of miles that were needed to bring it to ownership. The kilometer effort has not changed until today. Albeit with more modern means. Our European culture appreciated the oral tradition. That's why we not hear much about it.
On Mount Ida there was a whole grove, consecrated to Apollo, the god of the archers. The legend says that if this holy grove were felled, Troy would fall as well. The rest is history.
Remembering this incident, the Roman inhabitants poured the Cornus mas shrubs on the forum romanum like the mad ones with the tiberwasser. her origin went back to the founding fathers of which these shrubs sprouted once a spear which marked the center of the city to be founded.
The bow of Odysseus is said to have been of cornelian cherry, which is certainly not surprising in the divine protection of Apollo. Odysseus exchanged the bow for a spear. A sacred friendship exchange. So he only used him for hunting. It was not very honorable to die by a arrow. He admitted to his once very unpleasant guests no honor.
The Gordian knot was said to have been braided with the bast of the cornelian cherry. Alexander solved him unconventionally with a sword stroke. Bark ropes can be made very easily. You just have to have some time, a clean lake and a few stones.