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Osage Orange Walking Sticks

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Project by Roz posted 04-07-2008 05:43 AM 4709 views 1 time favorited 6 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.
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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. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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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
tom

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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