|Osage-Orange - Hedge Apple - Maclura
Pomifera Summer, 2008
Why do these kinds of things happen when my back is killing me. I come home from work one day and my friend Butch informs me that one of his friends is in the process of downing a very old, diseased hedge apple tree. Do I want any wood?
Do I look like I'm stupid? - Rhetorical question considering how bad my back feels.
Large chunks of hedge apple are as rare as hen's teeth so this I have to go see.....
These butterflies were out in full force. Very attractive and for some reason liked resting upside down.
However, I did get some nice pieces from other parts of the tree. I got to pick and choose my way through this.
Not bad, huh? I had to have help though, the back was really hurting and this hedge apple wood is really dense.
Looks harmless enough, doesn't it?
I was also fortunate to get a number of spalted maple logs that were still upright and not too far gone.
These I will seal with white latex paint for later use.
I started splitting the hedge apple into more workable pieces, and ended up with less than I thought.
I got a lot of nice pen blanks, a couple 4x4 chunks and various off - sizes.
I have no idea how osage orange turns, so let's start with a Hedge Apple Cigar Pen.
Turns out hedge apple is a dream to turn.
Doesn't look too bad either.
How about a bowl?
This piece looks like decent bowl material. Why don't we give it a spin...
I used the band saw to get the blank marginally round.
It didn't take any time to get round, so not wanting to lose any more diameter, I hollowed out the blank enough to mount on the cole jaws so I could get the bottom flat enough to mount a sacrificial block.
Got a ways to go.
That's more like it.
Time for a sacrificial block
This is one way to keep everything more or less on center. Leave the bowl chucked up, which keeps it on center.
Set the faceplate inside the free center and use light pressure to lock in place.
Glue it in place by using masking tape to keep the glue in. This takes a couple days to properly set.
Hedge Apple wood is very easy to turn.
To finish this, I had to mount the bowl using a sacrificial block.
I didn't want to lose any more bowl depth so I chose to use a malachite inlay. Hedge Apple and Malachite? We shall see.
Flip it once more to finish out the bottom.
One Osage Orange Bowl finished with Tung Oil and inlaid with Malachite. And another pen to match.
More to Come.