Osage Orange Walking Sticks

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Project by Roz posted 04-07-2008 05:43 AM 6717 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

In 2002, I made these walking sticks and a few others of Osage Orange. While they are finished in lacquer, I was able to produce a very nice shine polishing them with a clean cotton cloth on the lathe. I had hoped the lacquer would prevent the color change but it did not. The handles are made of separate pieces of Osage with a ¾ inch x 1 inch hole to receive an equal sized taper turned at the top of the stick.

The photos show the sticks at production with the bright yellow wood and today as the sun and air have caused the wood to turn a deep red. These walking sticks are unique and their owners tell me they still get compliments from admires.

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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#1 posted 04-07-2008 05:59 AM

Pretty cool. I have never worked with osage orange before.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#2 posted 04-07-2008 06:07 AM

I guess that’s really hard wood.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#3 posted 04-07-2008 07:15 AM

Very nice, thanks. How is the Osage Orange to turn?

-- Tim D. - Woodstock, GA

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#4 posted 04-07-2008 01:17 PM

Hi Terry,

These are interesting pieces. After seeing posts like this I have gained a new respect for the tree. I have always considered it a nuisance tree but the wood is simply beautiful.

Thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#5 posted 04-07-2008 11:46 PM

Osage is better for turning than for any other usage. It turns nicely and the wood comes off the piece like warm ribbons of butter. As you sand it develops a polished look, and a cotton cloth will produce a high shine. You are right Dick it is very hard. I guess it is the hardest wood I have come across.

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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#6 posted 04-08-2008 05:13 AM

Hi Roz

Great looking walking sticks. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#7 posted 04-28-2015 10:23 PM

I am new to this web site and am not a wood worker or carpenter. Quite frankly, it is all I can do to strike a nail 3 times without bending it or leaving an impression of the hammer head on the board. I do admire those individuals like yourselves who can do this so well, however and will be impulse shopping by surfing this web site.

At the current time, I was admiring the Osage Orange cane shown by Mr. Roswell back in 2002. I will looking to purchase some sturdy and distinctive canes.

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