Couple of Wooden Mallets

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Project by 1949Delta posted 11-25-2012 06:07 AM 1063 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made these a few weekends ago and each has been put to quite a bit of use already. I cut the head on the “primitive” one from a log I picked up at our local yard waste site. Can anyone help me id the species? It has a mustard yellow tint, and is a pretty dense wood. The bark is very course as seen in the one photo. I am wondering if it is Osage Orange? Help me if you can….
The last photo is a log from the same lot, split right down the middle. I picked up 4 or 5 nice size hunks of this stuff and am hoping it will be worth doing something with. Help me if you can….
The other mallet, I believe, is some of the last of a large Bradford Pear limb that blew down in an ice storm several years ago. Most of it became firewood before I got my lathe earlier this year. Wish I had more as it turns fairly nicely.

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#1 posted 11-26-2012 04:05 AM

That does look a lot like the Osage logs I’ve got – that is if the color is displaying accurately. good for a mallet in that it’s basically petrifies as it ages. I’m lucky that my B.I.L. in TX scored me some. I love working with it. It polishes up really nice.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#2 posted 11-26-2012 01:43 PM

Looks like the osage to me! Awesome wood – easy to ID too. If the wood throws sparks when milled, its probably osage! Of course thats a joke, but not too far from the truth!

Nice mallets buddy!

-- Jason K

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