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Osage Orange (Botanical: Maclura pomifera)

Information to help you do fine woodworking with Osage Orange - all products are listed at bottom
Osage Orange, Maclura pomifera
Characteristics
Light Heavy
Weight:
Soft Hard
Hardness:
Fine Coarse
Texture:
Easy Difficult
Working:
Easy Difficult
Finishing:
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map of where this wood grows

woodworking characteristicsOsage Orange Characteristics

This is a fine textured wood with a close grain. Due to the tree being small, it's rarely available in long lengths or wide widths. The tree grows with numerous stress checks (cracks) running throughout therefore the wood yeilded is often checked. The wood is, however, durable and attractive.

color of Osage OrangeColor Range

The heartwood is bright yellow when fresh cut, planed or sanded and quickly oxidizes to russet brown. Sapwood is white to ivory.

other names for Osage OrangeOther Names

Bodare, Bodark, Bodock, Bois d'arc, Bow wood, Hedge, Hedge apple, Horse apple, Naranjo chino, Osage, Osage orange

uses for Osage OrangeSome Typical Uses

Turnings, archery bows, small accent pieces, boxes, accessories, pens

the Osage Orange treeWhat's the Tree Like?

A short, scraggly, spiney tree that's often crooked and no more than 24" in diameter.

where Osage Orange growsOsage Orange grows in

North America

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