Some of the wood you get over there is new to me or called by a diffrent name but always wonder what it carves like must see if i can get a translation or the latin names for them .I must have seen them but a good carving wood with anice grain is brilliant, still think lime carves the best but lacks character
Not likely to find any osage orange in Britain, outside of botanical gardens. Its original range was in a portion of Oklahoma and Texas. Early on, it was used over much of the Eastern US for farm hedges, much like hawthorn in England. Now, it is often considered a nuisance. Very difficult to get rid of once established, and a lot of people don't like the large, inedible fruits they drop, which have a strong odor. Aside from fence posts, the wood was also used for axe and hammer handles. My sculptor's mallet is osage orange.This is:
definitely NOT a carving wood, but great for handles, shapes, inlays, etc.
It has the highest BTU of any american hardwood which should tell you it's hardness as well I do have a chunk of basswood(lime) curing too from a felled tree of a neighbor and are a great wood for carving.