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I made these candle sticks for Osage Orange or as we call it here Mock Orange in about 2002 while working in the woodshop at NTC Great Lakes IL. There has been a lot of interest in this wood recently and I think these candlestick picture clearly demonstrate how this very interesting wood changes color in sunlight. For a beginner like me Osage is easy to work on a lathe. The wood comes off in long warm ribbons and lies across your hand like a warm towel. Polishing it is coo too. It has so much oil and wax in it you can produce a shine and finish with just a cotton cloth and friction. However, be careful if polishing on the lathe. If the wood starts to get to warm it will blacken.
The single stick was made by a shop mate of mine at about the same time, and I present it here to demonstrate the before and after color change without stains. The dust from this wood contains natural toxins so ware a dust mask. I think the beauty makes it a good candidate for experimenting. If you have a farmer in your area he would probably be glad to have you haul the stuff away.
I have seen some stunning Osage Orange projects presented here recently.

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Nice shine on that darker pair. Beautiful wood, I also enjoy working with it. Thanks for posting.
 

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That osage orange is some nice looking wood. I have never worked with it.
 

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It is hard stuff. If you put a shaper or router on it run them in reverse. Please ware safety glasses. I have had the wood shatter into long splinters sending sharp projectiles all over the room. Running it backward stopped that.
 

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These are beautiful. To think something like this can come from basically a nuisance tree. Amazing.

Thanks for the post.
 
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