Couple of Wooden Mallets

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Project by 1949Delta posted 11-25-2012 06:07 AM 1906 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made these a few weekends ago and each has been put to quite a bit of use already. I cut the head on the “primitive” one from a log I picked up at our local yard waste site. Can anyone help me id the species? It has a mustard yellow tint, and is a pretty dense wood. The bark is very course as seen in the one photo. I am wondering if it is Osage Orange? Help me if you can….
The last photo is a log from the same lot, split right down the middle. I picked up 4 or 5 nice size hunks of this stuff and am hoping it will be worth doing something with. Help me if you can….
The other mallet, I believe, is some of the last of a large Bradford Pear limb that blew down in an ice storm several years ago. Most of it became firewood before I got my lathe earlier this year. Wish I had more as it turns fairly nicely.

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#1 posted 11-26-2012 04:05 AM

That does look a lot like the Osage logs I’ve got – that is if the color is displaying accurately. good for a mallet in that it’s basically petrifies as it ages. I’m lucky that my B.I.L. in TX scored me some. I love working with it. It polishes up really nice.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#2 posted 11-26-2012 01:43 PM

Looks like the osage to me! Awesome wood – easy to ID too. If the wood throws sparks when milled, its probably osage! Of course thats a joke, but not too far from the truth!

Nice mallets buddy!

-- Jason K

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#3 posted 11-29-2015 10:25 PM

Or it could be Black locust, and BL does spit embers when burnt. The osage around here is more orange, especially when fresh cut. Both BL and OO have furrowed bark but BL is especially so, very deep furrows. As already said, regardless of what it is, either makes a damn fine mallet as you have sown here. Nice work, makes me want to go make a new one, which I need to do anyway and I have both woods.

-- I was born at a very young age, as I grew up, I got older.

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