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grfrazee

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06-19-2013 03:01 AM

Topic tags/keywords: osage orange looking to buy

Hello all,

I am looking to purchase a small quantity of osage orange wood to make a couple of buck saws. The pieces would need to be 4/4 thickness at least, 4-6” wide, and only 30” long. I would be looking for (8) pieces that fit this description.

I am also looking for a couple pieces that are 8/4, 4” wide and 20” long for a couple hatchet handles.

The wood doesn’t need to be bow stave quality, but preferably stuff without lots of knots.

Please reply to this thread or send me a PM if you are interested in selling. My zip code is 60515 for shipping estimates.

Thanks!

-- -=Pride is not a sin=-


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UncannyValleyWoods

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#1 posted 06-19-2013 05:30 AM

I have some good Osage stock, but it is only 2.5 inches wide…

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#2 posted 06-19-2013 10:39 AM

My local sawyer just cut up 3 osage trees. There were some “wider” boards in the mix but it will be a bit before they are dry enough to do anything, probably 6 weeks or so.

He won’t mess with shipping anything, but I would be glad to help, if you want to wait.

Just send me a message.

-- It's only wood.

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grfrazee

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#3 posted 07-10-2013 03:28 PM

Rhett’s sawyer had none of the osage left. Anyone else have a source?

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Ripthorn

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#4 posted 07-10-2013 03:42 PM

Those sizes are very difficult for osage, as the “tree” rarely gets big enough for decent material of those sizes. One place I found in Canada listed 4/4 boards, but I can’t seem to find the place off hand. It’s nice stuff, but is there any reason other than color for you to use it?

-- Brian T. - Exact science is not an exact science

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#5 posted 07-10-2013 03:54 PM

Seems like there is a good bit of it on wood barter most of the time, put a wanted on there and those guys will be all over it.

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JayT

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#6 posted 07-10-2013 04:08 PM

I’ve purchased some Osage Orange from Tallgrass Custom Wood Products near Emporia, Kansas. I really doubt he will want to ship, but you could ask. As he is about three hours away from where I live, it’s going to be a while before I get back there or I’d offer to help with the shipping. The last time I was there two weeks ago he had some recently milled 4/4 Osage Orange that was air drying and several logs yet to be milled, so nothing is going to be ready immediately.

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grfrazee

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#7 posted 07-10-2013 05:58 PM

@Ripthorn – I don’t care so much about the color, more the ridiculous longevity of the wood in rot-prone conditions. Since these bucksaws will be for bushcraft/survival situations, having them not rot to hell when I need them is a big selling point. Now that I think of it, black locust would probably work as well.

@sprucegum – Thanks for the tip. I’ll have to check Wood Barter.

@JayT – Strangely enough I was actually staying in Emporia for ~2 months for work earlier this year (Feb. thru April). Too bad I didn’t ask sooner! Looks like Tallgrass has some decently long boards, so I’ll ping him and see what his thoughts are.

-- -=Pride is not a sin=-

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#8 posted 07-10-2013 11:29 PM

Ipe might also work just as well. Folks talk about it being commonly available as a deck material that lasts forever outdoors.

-- Steve

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