[nafex] re:osage orange, prunus

del stubbs pinewoodel at hotmail.com
Wed May 23 17:32:14 EDT 2001

	When I lived in N. Calif. I encountered both osage and almond. They have a 
nature in common. The sapwood shrinks dramatically more than the heart. To 
dry them one must seperate the heart completely from the sap.
	Most reds found in wood are not color-fast, nor is the brilliant yellow of 
osage, but I find it amazing that red fleshed apples have red heart wood. 
Mn. Del       Where yesterdays' snow has melted and this current 2 day 
shower has just topped 4 1/2".

>From: "Erdman, Jim" <erdmanj at uwstout.edu>
>Reply-To: nafex at yahoogroups.com
>To: "'NAFEX at yahoogroups.com'" <NAFEX at yahoogroups.com>
>Subject: [nafex] RE:  osage orange
>Date: Wed, 23 May 2001 12:08:58 -0500
>I just realized that I sent the following to one person, not the entire
>NAFEX group as I had intended.
>Regarding Osage orange:
>Currently on another list that I am on, osage orange is being discussed in
>reference to it's woodworking qualities.  It seems to be desirable for tool
>handles and other small hard projects, but it apparently is difficult to 
>and season without severe cracking, checking and splitting.
>Living in Wisconsin where it is a rarity, I'd be interested in getting some
>to make chisel handles and perhaps a mallet--just in case anyone has some
>spare chunks of it around.
>Jim Erdman (Menomonie, WI)

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