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Lemongrasspicker

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02-16-2017 05:30 PM

Topic tags/keywords: osage orange carving wanted mallet mallets

I don’t know if anyone has any but I am wanting to make some projects with Osage Orange, specifically I want some mallets.

I don’t have a lathe so I am wanting to see if I could get some branches in the 3-4” diameter at about 10-12” long.

If anyone has some they would like to get rid of please send me a message.

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#1 posted 02-16-2017 05:35 PM

Where are you located?

One thing you may try is going to a farm supply place and looking at fence posts. Most wooden posts are Osage Orange and would be the diameter you are looking for.

-- In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. Thomas Jefferson

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#2 posted 02-16-2017 05:37 PM



Where are you located?

One thing you may try is going to a farm supply place and looking at fence posts. Most wooden posts are Osage Orange and would be the diameter you are looking for.

- JayT

North dallas TX. that’s an excellent suggestion about the fence posts. I didn’t know that about Osage being used for that, I always assumed that they were cedar

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#3 posted 02-16-2017 05:48 PM

There are cedar and treated posts out there, but Osage ones shouldn’t be hard to find if you call around. I probably should have said many instead of most in the previous post, but around here, they are predominantly Osage, many times called hedge wood. Farmers clear old hedge rows and ship the post sized trunks out by the semi load.

-- In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. Thomas Jefferson

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#4 posted 02-16-2017 09:11 PM

I’m about 120 miles south of Lewisville/Carrollton, Tx. We are at Groesbeck, Tx. I have two Osage Orange limbs laying on the deck in front of my Barn. You can have them. I think they are big enough to turn mallets from, unless you want huge mallets. And, I know I have an old tree of it back in the woods, that I’ve never bothered to take down. And, there’s a limb on a big Osage Orange tree in the yard, and I’ve been planning to cut it a bit higher off the ground, so someone on an ATV won’t get hurt if they hit it in the dark.

So…if you don’t mind a drive, come on down. Look at what’s already laying there, and if it isn’t enough I’ll drag out a chainsaw and we’ll go get some more.

Osage Orange/Bodark/Bodock/Bois D’Arc has a bad habit of splitting/checking. I turn it when green when I make mallets. Some have splits and some don’t, but the worst of the splits on a mallet still isn’t bad. I use a small and rather pretty one for dovetail chiseling.

Pm me if you have interest. And I have beer…

Kirk

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#5 posted 02-19-2017 01:40 AM

I am taking down 6 or so 12-16” diameter Osage trees at some point this year out behind my moms to have milled up. If you weren’t terribly far away, I’d toss you a dozen branches.

-- Bill Burke, Winchester, KY

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#6 posted 02-19-2017 02:01 AM

Might call Harden Cabinets. They bought the saw mill west of Sanger on 455 and moved out of Denton. The previous owner of the mill had lots of osage orange. They should still have some. I get my hardwoods from them. Last time I visited with them they were setting up their third mill at that location. Really nice people to do business with.

-- AP--I thought growing old would take longer.

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#7 posted 02-19-2017 02:03 AM

Thanks for the suggestions guys

Andy, I’ll look into Harden Cabinets and see what I can turn up. Thanks for the suggestion

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