Bowl of Osage Orange

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Project by BarbS posted 06-11-2010 06:23 AM 1951 views 1 time favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This one is Osage Orange, just under 6” in diameter and 2” deep. It is a wood with really strong grain lines, but cut well and polished up to be buffed to a shine without any finish at all. It’s impossible to photograph the chatoyance displayed as you turn this wood in your hands. The last picture shows it a little, as the grain lines almost disappear in the light as you move it, but the orange glow of light on the surface is missing. It’s very heavy in the hand. This was my first turning in Osage, and I’ll have to get some more to play with!


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#1 posted 06-11-2010 06:29 AM

This bowl looks great Barb, It’s hard to get photos of chatoyance.

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#2 posted 06-11-2010 06:33 AM

Wow! The grain and the color are outstanding!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#3 posted 06-11-2010 07:20 AM

The swirls of the grain really show up quite nicely. Very nicely done.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#4 posted 06-11-2010 07:57 AM

Wonderful bowl. Love the shape and the grain is fantastic. Outstanding work.

Keep it up.


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#5 posted 06-11-2010 11:56 AM

Great bowl Barb:

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#6 posted 06-11-2010 12:22 PM

mornin’ Barb: so hard to get any kind of nice shape on 6×2 size. (not a lot of wiggle room in the 2 inches) This looks perfect for m&m’s and being able to scoop them out up the side!!!!...

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#7 posted 06-11-2010 02:37 PM

Excellent turning job.


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#8 posted 06-11-2010 03:01 PM

That’s a lovely little bowl, Barb. That’s with no finish at all? You got a great shine.

I’ve never made anything out of Osage Orange and didn’t realize it had chatoyance. Now I am eager to get my hands on a chunk.

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#9 posted 06-11-2010 03:26 PM

Barb: That is a great looking bowl. At the end of the field in my property in NJ is a whole row of Osage Orange trees. The wire fence that was nailed to them years ago mess up the bases but there shure is a lot of great wood.

I made a bunch of pen blanks out of some roots when one fell over into the creek and took half the bank with it. That tree has probably moved its way downstream now. I left there 7 yrs ago.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#10 posted 06-11-2010 03:34 PM

Great bowl. I work mostly with Osage. You want to put some kind of finish on your bowl or the wood will get dull looking, then you have to resand. It will also slow down the aging of the wood. The wood as it ages will turn from a yellow to a dark amber.

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#11 posted 06-11-2010 03:35 PM

Thanks everyone! I was a bit afraid of ruining this beautiful wood, but it was so dense, it was quite forgiving as long as I sharpened tools often. I finally bought a hooked scraper by Cindy Drozda to come up the inside wall by the rim, and love the tool. It helped a lot. Glad you like the little bowl, and Michelle, M&Ms will work well in there!


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#12 posted 06-11-2010 03:36 PM

Thanks Phil. I was thinking of waxing it. It bufffed up with Abrolon pads very nicely for now.


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#13 posted 06-11-2010 03:55 PM

Very nice barbs,

Osage Orange must have a lot of its own oils in it to look so finished.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#15 posted 06-11-2010 05:36 PM

That is very nice.
Love the grain!
Thanks for sharing

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