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Several weeks ago I "discovered" a grove of 6-8 Osage Orange trees in a public park 4-5 miles from us. It appears to me that IF we have any strong wind storms and/or ice storms this winter some already dead limbs will hit the ground . . . and if so, I want 'em.

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Is Osage orange the same tree as the Hedge Apple? If so we have those growing all along the fence rows on the county roads. They used to plant them here for wind breaks. Those messy hedge apples roll out into the road and get squished all over the highway.
 

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That's an awesome cane/stick!

I bought a number of "rejects" from a Missouri kiln that dries the logs somewhat and splits them for bow makers. The Indians / Native Americans used to like it for their bows. The rejects aren't good enough for bows and are a lot cheaper.

These were sentimental, as that Bois d'Arc or "Osage Orange" was preferred over cedar for fence posts when I was a kid, and I remember bending many a steeple in a post when string barbed wire.

I'm about to begin working on one for a Vietnam teammate who now has M.S. and could really use one. We spoke today, and he's going to send me the total length and the grip interval that he prefers. I'll embed a unit lapel pin for 1st Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company (ANGLICO). I'll finish mine with WATCO Danish Oil, which has turned out nicely on my last several sticks for sisters in law.

Hope mine turns out as nicely as yours.
 

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Yes...they are known also as Hedge Apples - the trees apparently do not "fruit" every year for I've been watching one on the path near our condo and there's no fruit this year. While at that "grove" mentioned above there was a dead limb hanging down from one of the trees and in spite of all I could do I could not break it away from the main limb. My retired farmer neighbor said his dad preferred using O.O. limbs as fence posts . . . (confirming) he had to pound the staples into the wood while still green, for afterwards it was next to impossible. Further my neighbor has seen O.O. fence posts in the ground for 20+ yrs and show no rot. It's tough stuff, indeed.

And fun to work with.

This latest cane would be perfect for an "Industrial Size" man, if you know what I mean, i.e., an NFL lineman, etc.

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