Woodworking

I went by a friend's house and saw that a tree had been hit by lightning. I saw a beautiful yellow color on an exposed branch, and suspected this was an Osage Orange tree. My friend was a renter, and the landowners were going to cut the tree down. I wanted to recover as much as possible, but they had a tree service cut it down before I could talk with them. However, they left a three-foot section of the base and a few other shorter pieces. My son helped me recover it all.

It was about 4 ft long and heavy! My next challenge after we got it home is how to load it back up and take it to a mill.  It is very heavy and I did not possess any lifts. I spoke with a friend from church who was a cabinet maker. He said, "Why don't you stand it up and take a chainsaw to it." So that is what I did.

After I made the quartersawn cuts, I flipped it over and made cuts from the other end to meet the top ones. I had to restart the cuts to get them on track several times, so the wood had some fibers inside that were still holding on. So, it was time to roll it over and finish separating it.

I had to use a 15 lb. sledge hammer, an axe and a Sotz Monster Maul with my chainsaw to finish the job.

I just turned 64 this month (August, '19) and the heat was brutal. I had to get up early and quit by 0930 each morning. I spoke with a man yestarday and we will have it milled in two weeks. Osage Orange is a very hard wood that the Osage Indians used to make war clubs and bows. From what I've heard so far, this is not an easy wood to work with, and if left exposed to sunlight outside, the beautiful color fades. So, after milling, I will set some of it up for air drying, and make some things with some of the rest.