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Osage Orange
« on: September 04, 2017, 06:40:48 PM »
We always called them "Horse Apple" trees, or hedge apple. They're kinda hard to find around here but they do exist. If any of y'all have them or know anybody who does, and they lose one to wind/storms, be aware this wood is highly prized by bowyers who make self bows with them and I would assume would pay good money for the wood. I would cut wood into as long as length as possible and let the buyer split them into staves, they are extremely particular about how they are split. I say this as the only one I knew of went down on a road near me last year and was promptly cut into firewood.

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Re: Osage Orange
« Reply #1 on: September 12, 2017, 03:22:14 PM »
They are also prized and used by custom Turkey call makers.  The smaller cuts of wood could be sold to some of these folks too.

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Re: Osage Orange
« Reply #2 on: September 12, 2017, 04:40:36 PM »
Hedge trees were a common site when I was young, an were used for fence post, an we have fence post that have been the in the ground for well over 50 years an they are still solid.  They make an ugly fence post because they are so crooked an man they are a challenge to drive a staple into, but the post will outlive two or three wire fences.  We now only have one hedge tree on the farm an my brother keeps it for old time sakes. 
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Re: Osage Orange
« Reply #3 on: September 12, 2017, 04:45:47 PM »
NewKy, from your profile pic, I know why you know that. Nice bird! What's on that tailgate besides you and the turkey, I can't make them out? I didn't know about the call makers either!

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Re: Osage Orange
« Reply #4 on: September 12, 2017, 04:50:58 PM »
Gopher, I'm with your brother on leaving it for posterity sake. You don't see buckeye trees much anymore either.

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Re: Osage Orange
« Reply #5 on: September 12, 2017, 05:49:34 PM »
We have a good many Bodac trees on my bil's farm. Years ago, a tornado got a 150 year old one in the front yard. Between the stump and  where the limbs started, it weighed  either 3200 0r 5200 lbs. We had multiples of   straight chairs and rockers made out of it and the walnut tree it also got.  The problem now, some of the trees - all kinds) are leaning over due to wind and damp ground.  The drought  about 5 years ago may have weakened them. 
  A few years ago, I sent our dearly missed Dragonfly a box of wood squares left over from the chairmaker and received 2 nice homemade pens in the mail. A  mighty fine remembrance of him for sure.   judy

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Re: Osage Orange
« Reply #6 on: September 12, 2017, 07:04:58 PM »
Ksp last year when Rual King was selling of the garden stuff they had buckeye trees on close out an the trees were marked down to $9.  I ask my brother and sil if they wanted a couple of them an they didn't resist but were not jumping for joy either so I didn't buy them.  This year RK didn't have any trees on close out. 
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Re: Osage Orange
« Reply #7 on: September 12, 2017, 07:50:59 PM »
I saw some at our local Rural King Gopher. Never heard them called Bodac border!

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Re: Osage Orange
« Reply #8 on: September 12, 2017, 08:09:26 PM »
I saw some at our local Rural King Gopher. Never heard them called Bodac border!
These are right now putting out the big green horse apples.  I read somewhere that they were good for throwing under houses as an anti roach  means. I don't know if it really works -  not the one time I put a couple under there-  They just got sorta moldy looking and I had to get rid of them.  I love the trees but the  thorns  I dislike . They are painful too. The wood starts out as yellow but ages like cherry to a pretty  dark golden brown. Will try to take pictures of the trees/ chairs one day.