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#1 posted 11-09-2010 10:59 PM

Dez: Woodcrafter sells Osage Orange in their local store, and I supposed they ship it. I don’t really know about the shipping as I drive right by the store on the way to work.
Around my part of Tennessee, south central, this tree is called Bo Doc; obviously a red neck pronunciation of Bois D’Arc or horse apple or hedge apple tree. I have several on my farm. Kids sometimes call the big yellow fruits from this tree “milk balls”. Pick one up and break it open and you see why. A sticky white sap will ooze out.
I never knew there was a wood working use for this tree untill recently. The wood is very slick when sanded. The limbs and twigs are fantastic fire starters because the wood is full of oil and resin. My dad used it to make drawer runners for repair of antique furniture. Works like UHMWPE in that application. The only way I was ever able to cut it with a chainsaw was to mix kerosene in the chain oiler. That would cut the resin and allow the chain to cut through the wood with out gumming up.

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