|Project by BobAnderton||posted 10-30-2015 03:42 AM||958 views||0 times favorited||14 comments|
I made this bowl to give to a friend at work. It’s 11” diameter and 2.5” tall. It’s finished with Danish oil and Beall buffed with carnuba wax.
Down here in Texas this is called bodark, and where I grew up in Missouri we just called it hedge, but I think it also goes by osage orange everywhere. I pulled these osage orange logs (chunks?) out of a city brush pile. It looked like the tree had been cut a long time prior because the ends were pretty dark already and they were checking on the end, but I put some anchorseal on them anyway. Each piece weighed a lot and it was all I could do to heave them into the back of my Explorer. They were milled with my chainsaw mill. There was a lot of iron in this tree. Nails, fencing staples, wire cable. I pulled out what I could find but still found some of it with the chainsaw. The wood was very hard and very dense. This log also had red headed ash borer larvae under the bark and in the sapwood. Mesquite, osage orange, and ash, is where I find those things, so I trimmed the bark off the edges before drying the slabs. They had about 6 months of air drying and another year or so in the attic, so the wood was dry and stable by the time I turned this bowl.
-- Bob Anderton - Austin, TX - Nova 3000 lathe, Alaskan Mark III mill, Husqavarna Saw