Yellow Wood?

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  1. Peacock

    Peacock writing some wrongs Supporter

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    One more question --

    What kind of tree has bright yellow wood?

    I'd never seen anything like it, but some of the logs we split had this bright yellow wood, I swear, almost as yellow as this smilie. :) It's pretty, actually; I hate to burn it! Wish I could use it for something!

    I *think* it's something with thorns. Locust maybe?
     
  2. barnyardfun

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    Dh is saying maybe Bodark(sp)??
     
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  4. Peacock

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    Wow, that is exactly what this is! I just looked it up -- Bodark = Osage Orange.

    My DD and our neighbor girl were playing with "hedge apples" today and I had never heard of a hedge apple. It's an Osage Orange!

    Dreadfully bushy, thorny things! We have a bunch in our yard and in the woods behind us. The wood is really striking!
     
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    Glad you found out what it is!! Now I have to go to bed with DH who has a BIG HEAD because he was right!! :rolleyes: :p
     
  6. greg273

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    Yes, its osage orange, also known as hedge-apple. One of the densest, most rot resistant woods in the world. I've seen 70+ year old fence posts that were solid as a rock on the inside. Not the most picturesque tree in the world, I've got a whole fencerow of them behind my house. Some excellent firewood though. The Natives used to make bows from them.Its native to Texas and Oklahoma, I believe, but has been widely planted and naturalized throughout the midwest/great plains/ohio river valley.
    I've even heard the Mayans sought it out as beams in some of their structures, and they are still intact...
     
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    it burns really nice too.
     
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    I've seen reference to using these osage orange fruits to repel insects. Anybody done it? How do you use them? What insects do they work on?
     
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    old folks swear they keep out spiders & other insects from your house. i put them in the crawl space -who knows-may be something to it!
     
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    As a wood worker when I first saw the yellow wood I had to make some bowls out of it. Problem is after a time usually just a few months it turns a mud brown and loses all the yellow. Use it for fence post and fire wood but it will not stay yellow long enough to fool with it. Just my experience
     
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    My friend when he moved to his new Place was gifted with a
    Yellowwood Tree. They are somewhat rare, in Eastern US.
    They make a nice shade tree. The wood, especially the heartwood,
    has been used by the Native Americans, to die clothing, is ages past.

    Here's a link:
    http://www.netstate.com/states/symb/tree/tn_tree_bicentennial.htm

    Osage orange does have a yellowish wood also.
    Black locust wood is kind of yellowish green. It's another good wood for posts.
    And, the wood of the Tulip Poplar/Yellow Poplar is also yellowish, in hue.
    It makes excellent lumber and timbers for building. The timbers to rebuild a famous Covered Bridge, in Indiana were cut from Yellow Poplar.
    http://www.tribstar.com/news/local_story_265233600.html

    We have some 60/70 footers of Yellow Poplar trees on our hills.
    Have fun.........
     
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    A woodworking friend of mine uses scraps of wood with interesting grains and colors to make switch plates. There was a gentleman at a local craft show once who made pen and pencil sets from rare woods. Just some ideas on what you can do with a little sample of wood.

    Marlene
     
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    My neighbor (in SW Pennsylvania) had 2 very old and fat trees of a kind. Very excellent shade trees. He took one down a few weeks ago, all the way down. I took all the wood home to burn. Very bright yellow inside. Hard as rocks. Won't split, rather it sort of fractures apart like bones or .....yes, rocks. Does not burn easily. You have to beat the heck out of it to get it into as small of pieces as possible, then coax it along with a fire that is already very hot. But it smells good burning - I say like a nice tea, my son says it's more like cigar smoke. And it loves to pop off spark showers that are pretty cool.

    I don't know, maybe it will burn better next year.

    Very striking yellow.
     
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    While informative, the original post was from 2006.
     
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    Makes good knife handles. After being exposed to air for awhile it turns sorta s dull orange on the surface.
     
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    It's a ZOMBIE

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    mulberry is very yellow when first cut and oxidized to deep brown
     
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    The sparks tell you it's Osage Orange.
     
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    Bois d arc, Osage Orange, horse apple in Oklahoma. It is hard as rocks, makes good post. Planted extensively by the WPA and CCC for wind breaks and soil erosion. The biggest on Oklahoma is found in Webber Falls, Oklahoma. Top is a little rough from storms, but the base is big! It is old enough to have seen cowboys, indiums and being on the river, I would guess river travelers. Good post, last for ever. Black locust about the same, both yellow.