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Osage Orange 50th Wedding Anniversary Gift-Part 1

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Project by Grumpy posted 05-06-2008 03:06 AM 1870 views 1 time favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A friend of mine works for a cattle farmer with a few thousand acres of grazing land on which there are lots of trees (thats right Jocks, lots of trees). My friend got me some Osage Orange off this property recently. As it was the farmers wood it was only fair that I made something in return. It just happened that the farmer’s 50th wedding anniversary was coming up, a perfect time to make something out of the osage.
I had made a pen & pencil set out of osage before but as this was an anniversary I thought the 1958 penny was a good touch to the project.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python





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#1 posted 05-06-2008 03:17 AM

That is really cool… I love the contrasting amber of the wood…

I’ve never worked with osage orange, was it hard as heck to work with?

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#2 posted 05-06-2008 03:23 AM

Steve, It is hard but turns well. as long as the tools are kept sharp there are no problems at all. I suppose on a hardness scale it would rate about a 7 out of 10. Thanks for looking.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#3 posted 05-06-2008 03:36 AM

Very cool! I like the color.

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

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#4 posted 05-06-2008 03:37 AM

Great idea….well done!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#5 posted 05-06-2008 03:49 AM

Grumpy Very Nice, the color looks great, curious though is that Gold Flake along the Edges of the base. Great Job in turning pen looks like it has a very nice grip while writing.

-- Your Brother in WoodWorking John, Pittsburgh , PA.

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#6 posted 05-06-2008 03:57 AM

I’m sure they will enjoy the gift.Nice job.I tried carving a bowl out of that stuff ,man never again ,a little too hard for that.

-- Scott NM,http://www.shangrilawoodworks.com

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#7 posted 05-06-2008 04:14 AM

G’day Pappyjohn, Not gold just a reflection off the flash. I used a brush on poly lacquer.
Scott, that wood is hard but OK to turn. As you say carving would be a different story.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#8 posted 05-06-2008 04:19 AM

great gift grumpy ! you did a fine job of it .

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#9 posted 05-06-2008 04:57 AM

Thats a great pen Grumpy and the pen holder was very unique. he was probably glad to have you take the tree down. Or was it a fence post?

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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#10 posted 05-06-2008 05:05 AM

No Karson, That was a tree, it came with the fruit as well, but I don’t like the idea of eating it.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#11 posted 05-06-2008 12:12 PM

Grumpy,

That is a wonder turning. And the inclusion of the penny was simply a wonderful thought. Very nice. You do have a sentimental side to you in addition to your artistic skills. This piece is well designed and I like the finish as well.

Thanks for the post and the story behind it. You did well, my friend.

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

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#12 posted 05-06-2008 12:33 PM

Hi Grumpy;

Tis a nice thing you did!

Nice project.

And 1958 is a favorite year for me. (birth year), but don’t tell anyone.

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#13 posted 05-06-2008 12:49 PM

Very nice Grumpy!

-- -** 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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#14 posted 05-06-2008 06:32 PM

Nice idea! Thanks for the post.

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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#15 posted 05-07-2008 03:30 AM

Lee, your secret is safe with me.
Thanks for your comments Jocks, very much appreciated.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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