Bodark Wood For Sale
AKA .. Osage Orange, Bois d'Arc, Horse Apple or Hedge

This is a very common wood in the bottomlands of the nearby Brazos River. It was formerly planted as hedgerows or living fences elsewhere on the prairie and reputed to be: "Horse high, bull strong and hog tight". These same Bodark trees later yielded the durable fence posts that supported the "modern" barbed-wire fences! Wanting to see how they really worked, we are presently in the process of establishing a Bodark hedgerow around much of our property to replace the present barbed-wire fencing that contains our livestock.

Bodark is a hard wood and results in a beautiful finish. It turns easily on the lathe when green but becomes more of a challenge when it dries. Don't be put off by the yellow to orange color of these blocks - while the orange is attractive, those colors are just stages in a slow change with age and exposure to sun and air. Those changes begin with a bright yellow (I refer to as "baby poop" yellow when chain-sawing the standing tree), to a light yellowish-orange (within days), followed by a darker orange to burnt-orange (within months), and ultimately (after several years) ends in a beautiful dark, golden brown color.

Note : As elsewhere, the dimensions given below are Length x Width x Depth of the blank. Theoretically these numbers indicate the dimensions of the largest bowl, box/goblet or spindle that might be turned from that piece if no flaws are encountered. The approximate weight (in pounds) as well as obvious physical features (checks, etc) are also indicated. I do not kiln-dry these blanks so they should be considered green or partially air-dried unless otherwise noted.

Note also that most of these are rough cut. I do not have the time or equipment to routinely surface the cut sides - although sometimes I think that the grain is interesting enough that I will take it to the jointer before photographing and listing them on this site.

You can see examples of various bowls and vessels turned from these "exotic" Texas woods on our companion website, www.prairiesend.com.



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Bodark Pen Blanks


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Texas Bodark Pen Blanks
1"x 1"x 6""


When I have left-over pieces of attractive Bodark, I cut them down into pen blanks. The wood is very nice and can be finished to a beautiful, high luster. As with Bodark in other sizes, that yellow heartwood will react to sunlight and age by turning first to orange color (the origin of the name "Osage Orange"?) and then to a gorgeous dark golden brown color.




Texas Bodark Pen Blanks $2.00 each, no minimum.





End-grain turning blocks between 1 and 2 inches-square


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Bodark B-431
1" x 1" x 16-3/4"
1/2 lb.

This is a near-perfect, long, slender and straight-grained spindle block of Texas Bodark. It is primarily strong golden yellow of Bodark heartwood with a zone of light reddish spalt-staining between the older (deeper) heartwood and a small wedge of creamy sapwood on one end.

There is a single thin, dark-brown stripe on one side (bottom photo, far end of the left side) that is likely spalt-staining from a nearby crack (located outside this block). I see no cracks, checks or other significant flaws.


Bodark B-431 $10.00


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Bodark B-432
1" x 1" x 14-3/4"
1/2 lb.

This is another near-perfect, long, slender and straight-grained spindle block of Texas Bodark. It is primarily strong golden yellow of Bodark heartwood with a zone of light reddish spalt-staining between the older (deeper) heartwood and a portion of a small wedge of creamy sapwood on one end.

There are three, thin, dark-brown stripes on one side that is likely due to spalt-staining from nearby crack. These cracks appear to be located outside this block, but one may be the actual tail-end of a crack (top photo, upper corner of the nearer end-grain face). I see no other evidence of cracks, checks or significant flaws.


Bodark B-432 $10.00


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Bodark B-923
1-1/2" x 1-1/2" x 17-3/4"
1-1/2 lbs.

This is a near-perfect, long and generally straight-grained spindle block of Texas Bodark. It is primarily strong golden yellow of Bodark heartwood with small areas of light reddish spalt-staining. A generally thin layer of sapwood is present along most of one side and the two adjacent edges.

There is one small, tight and likely quite shallow drying check in the sapwood face (way too thin and insignificant to see in the photo). I see no cracks or other significant flaws.


Bodark B-923 $20.00


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Bodark B-409
1-1/2" x 1-1/2" x 12-1/2"
1-3/4 lbs.

This is a very nice 1-1/2"-square end-grain block of lightly spalted Texas Bodark. The primary color is the golden-yellow of fresh-cut Bodark heartwood with inter-grain bands of light reddish spalting. These colors will, over the course of time and exposure to air and light, gradually change to a darker orange-brown and ultimately to a beautiful dark, golden brown. There is a thin strip of dark reddish-brown spalt staining related to a short crack that appears to have lain just outside the limits of this blank. Note - the very tail end of the spalt-stained crack referenced above may have extended just into this blank - if so, it is likely very shallow and I consider it to be minor. I see no other cracks, checks or flaws.



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Bodark B-409 $12.00


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Bodark B-410
1-1/2" x 1-1/2" x 12"
1-1/2 lbs.

This is another very nice 1-1/2"-square end-grain block of lightly spalted Texas Bodark. The primary color is the golden-yellow of fresh-cut Bodark heartwood with inter-grain bands of light reddish spalting. These colors will, over the course of time and exposure to air and light, gradually change to a darker orange-brown and ultimately to a beautiful dark, golden brown. I see no cracks, checks or other flaws.


Bodark B-410 $12.00


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Bodark B-413
1-1/2" x 1-1/2" x 8-3/8"
3/4 lb.

This is another 1-1/2"-square end-grain block of lightly spalted Texas Bodark. The primary color is the golden-yellow of fresh-cut Bodark heartwood with inter-grain bands of light reddish spalting. These colors will, over the course of time and exposure to air and light, gradually change to a darker orange-brown and ultimately to a beautiful dark, golden brown. There is also am ~1/4" thick layer of sapwood and bark on one side. A lot of this will turn off as the blank is roughed to round, but complete removal of the sapwood and bark will likely reduce the full diameter of the finished cylinder by at least 1/4".

I see no cracks, checks or other significant flaws.


Bodark B-413 $10.00


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Bodark B-415
1-1/2" x 1-1/2" x 6-1/4"
1/2 lb.

This is another small 1-1/2"-square end-grain block of lightly spalted Texas Bodark. The primary color is the golden-yellow of fresh-cut Bodark heartwood with minor inter-grain bands of light reddish spalting. These colors will, over the course of time and exposure to air and light, gradually change to a darker orange-brown and ultimately to a beautiful dark, golden brown. There is a small patch of decayed wood on one corner that will turn off as the block is roughed to round.

I see no cracks, checks or other significant flaws.


Bodark B-415 $6.00


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Bodark B-350
1-1/2" x 1-1/2" x 7"
1/2 lbs.

This is a near-perfect, straight-grained spindle block of Texas Bodark. It is primarily bright yellow Bodark heartwood, but includes a large wedge of sapwood at the end of one edge and the adjacent sides.

I see no cracks, checks or other significant flaws.


Bodark B-350 $8.00


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Bodark Lot 253
1-3/4 x 1-3/4 x 9-3/4"
1 lb.

This is a shorter, small end-grain block of Texas Bodark. It is all heartwood - a bright golden yellow color with numerous patches of strong, reddish-brown spalt stain on the back side (bottom photo). The spalting patterns are clearly associated with nearby cracks (old cracks that primarily lie outside the block).

A single old crack runs thru the spalting along one edge (left edge of annotated face, top photo). That crack is confined to the very edge and will turn off completely as the blank is rounded. I see no other significant flaws.


Bodark Lot 253 $10.00





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Bodark B-921
2-1/2" x 2-1/2" x 18-1/4"
4-1/2 lbs.

This is a very nice 2-1/2 inch-square spindle block of Texas Bodark. It is primarily the light golden-yellow of fresh-cut (but moderately aged) Bodark heartwood with some light reddish spalting. There is a fairly thick section of creamy sapwood on a large portion of two sides and the intermediate edge, capped by a long, tapered section of bark on the edge. All of the bark and most of the sapwood should turn off as the block is roughed to round. That attractive heartwood will turn to a strong and beautiful dark golden brown with age and exposure to air and light.

This blank was cut from very close to the pith of the log and a portion of the pith is present on the very corner of the block (bottom photo). A single small but open crack extends out of that pith and lies just inside and parallel to the adjacent side of the block. The heartwood adjacent to the crack is stained a prominent dark brown. It looks to me as if all of that crack and brown-stained heartwood will turn off with minimal loss of finished diameter. A single, very small and tight crack and associated small patch of brown-stained wood is located on the opposite edge of the block from the pith-related crack (top photo, far end of the left edge). That small crack is not related to the pith and, located where on that edge, should turn off completely. I see no other cracks, checks or significant flaws.


Bodark B-921 $35.00


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Bodark B-922
2-1/2" x 2-1/2" x 17-1/4"
3-3/4 lbs.

This is another very nice 2-1/2 inch-square spindle block of Texas Bodark. It is primarily the light golden-yellow of fresh-cut (but moderately aged) Bodark heartwood. There is a relatively thin section of creamy sapwood over all of one side and the two adjacent edges, capped by a long, thin section of bark along one edge. All of the bark and most of the sapwood should turn off as the block is roughed to round. That attractive heartwood will turn to a strong and beautiful dark golden brown with age and exposure to air and light.

This block was also cut from very close to the pith of the log and a portion of the pith is present on the very corner of the block (bottom photo, lower right corner, end-grain face). There are three small and thin stripes and one large, S-shaped patch of dark brown stain, all likely related to old, pith-associated radial cracks (top photo, left side and upper edge). That large patch appears to be due to a thin and tight crack that intersects the side of the block at a very low angle. I see all of those cracks as minor flaws and likely to turn off with minimal loss of finished diameter. There are also several thin drying checks in the sapwood of one side (bottom photo, upper face, but too thin to be visible. Two of those checks intersect the end-grain faces and exhibit a depth of ~1/8"; the others are likely to be similarly shallow. I would reinforce all of these cracks and checks with thin CA glue before turning.

I see no other cracks, checks or significant flaws.


Bodark B-922 $35.00


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Bodark B-416
2" x 2" x 12"
2 lbs.

This is a very nice 2 inch-square spindle block of lightly spalted Texas Bodark. It is primarily the light golden-brown of older Bodark heartwood with inter-grain bands of light reddish spalting. This heartwood will turn to a strong and beautiful dark golden brown with age and exposure to air and light. It has a layer of mixed, cream-colored and gray-brown sapwood along one edge, topped by thick patch of brown bark. When turned to round, all of the bark will be gone and a tapering wedge of sapwood will decorate a portion of one side of the finished cylinder.

I see no cracks, checks or other significant flaws.


Bodark B-416 $22.00


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Bodark B-417
2" x 2" x 11-5/8"
2 lbs.

This is another nice 2 inch-square spindle block of lightly spalted Texas Bodark. It is primarily the light golden-brown of older Bodark heartwood with inter-grain bands of light reddish spalting. This heartwood will turn to a strong and beautiful dark golden brown with age and exposure to air and light.

A single prominent crack is present on one the end of one face (near end, upper face, bottom photo). This is the extreme tail-end of a radial crack located mainly outside the limit of this block, and made prominent by strong, reddish-brown spalting. It is very tight and I would simply reinforce it with thin CA glue before turning. A similar, but fainter red stripe on one edge of the same face (left edge, middle of the upper face, bottom photo) is also likely due to staining associated with another radial crack that lies completely outside this block. It will turn off completely as the block is roughed to round. I see no other cracks, checks or significant flaws.


Bodark B-417 $20.00


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Bodark B-418
2" x 2" x 11-1/2"
2 lbs.

This is a very nice 2 inch-square spindle block of moderately-spalted Texas Bodark. It is almost entirely the light golden-brown of older Bodark heartwood with inter-grain bands and linear spots of light reddish spalting. This heartwood will turn to a strong and beautiful dark golden brown with age and exposure to air and light. There is a small strip of sapwood and bark on a portion of one edge (right edge of the upper face, both photos) that will turn off immediately as the block is roughed to round.

I see no cracks, checks or other significant flaws.


Bodark B-418 $20.00


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Bodark B-419
2" x 2" x 11"
1-3/4 lbs.

This is another nice 2 inch-square spindle block of lightly spalted Texas Bodark. It is primarily the light golden-brown of older Bodark heartwood with inter-grain bands of light reddish spalting. This heartwood will turn to a strong and beautiful dark golden brown with age and exposure to air and light.

Three small but prominent cracks are present along a portion of one edge (near end, left side and edge, bottom photo). These are the extreme tail-ends of radial crack located mainly outside the block, and made prominent by strong, dark brown spalting. All three should turn off completely as the block is roughed to round. I see no other cracks, checks or significant flaws.


Bodark B-419 $20.00


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Bodark B-421
2" x 2" x 12"
2 lbs.

This is another very nice 2 inch-square spindle block of lightly spalted Texas Bodark. It is primarily the light golden-brown of older Bodark heartwood with inter-grain bands of light reddish spalting. That heartwood will turn to a strong and beautiful dark golden brown with age and exposure to air and light. It has a layer of mixed, cream-colored and gray-brown sapwood along one edge, topped by thick patch of brown bark. When turned to round, most (if not all) of the bark will be gone and a large, tapering wedge of sapwood will decorate a portion of one side of the finished cylinder.

I see no cracks, checks or other significant flaws.



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Bodark B-421 $22.00


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Bodark B-422
2" x 2" x 7"
1-1/4 lbs.

This is a smaller but also very nice 2 inch-square spindle block of lightly spalted Texas Bodark. It is primarily the light golden-brown of older Bodark heartwood with inter-grain bands of light reddish spalting. That heartwood will turn to a strong and beautiful dark golden brown with age and exposure to air and light. It has a small layer of cream-colored sapwood along one edge, and when turned to round, a small tapering wedge of sapwood will decorate a portion of one side.

I see no cracks, checks or other significant flaws.


Bodark B-422 $14.00


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Bodark B-391
2-1/2" x 2-1/2" x 7-1/2"
1-1/2 lbs.

This is a very nice 2-1/2" square end-grain block of Bodark. The color in the photos is the golden-yellow of fairly fresh Bodark heartwood, but that yellow has already changed to s soft, golden-brown of lightly-aged Bodark. Look carefully - the grain pattern on the front and back sides is very attractive and includes a pretty strong degree of chatoyance.

This block is quite sound - I see no cracks, checks or other significant flaws.



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Bodark B-391 $25.00


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Bodark B-401
2-1/2" x 2-1/2" x 14-1/4"
3-3/4 lbs.

This is another very nice and near-perfect 2-1/2 inch-square spindle block of spalted Texas Bodark. It is primarily the golden-yellow of fresh-cut Bodark heartwood (that will turn to a strong golden brown with age and light), with a thick band of creamy-white sapwood along one edge, topped by two thin patches of bark (top photo).

I see no cracks, checks or other significant flaws.



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Bodark B-401 $30.00


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Bodark B-402
2" x 2" x 7-1/4"
1-1/4 lbs.

This is a small 2 inch-square spindle block of spalted Texas Bodark. It is entirely the golden-yellow of fresh-cut Bodark heartwood that will turn to a strong golden brown with age and light.

There are several very thin (tight) cracks along one edge (upper left edge of end-grain face, bottom photo). Those small cracks appear to be the very tail-end of pit-related radial cracks that lay outside the limits of this block. Most, if not all, of these cracks will turn off as the block is roughed to round. I would simply reinforce any remaining portions with thin CA glue. I see no other cracks, checks or significant flaws.


Bodark B-402 $10.00


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Bodark B-367
2-3/4" x 2-3/4" x 7-1/2"
2-1/4 lbs.

This is another near-perfect "almost" 3 inch-square spindle block of spalted Texas Bodark. It is also mainly the golden-yellow of fresh-cut Bodark heartwood (that will turn to a strong golden brown with age and sunlight) but includes several eye-catching linear zones of dark reddish-brown spalting on all four sides at one end, and on the end-grain face (both photos).

I see no significant flaws.


Bodark B-367 $25.00


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Bodark B-368
2-7/8" x 2-7/8" x 4"
1 lb.

Christmas ornament anyone? This one is ideal for a large "hollow globe" ornament. It is a near-perfect "almost" 3 inch-square spindle block of spalted Texas Bodark. It is also mainly the golden-yellow of fresh-cut Bodark heartwood (that will turn to a strong golden brown with age and sunlight) but also includes several patches of dark reddish-brown spalting.

I see no significant flaws.


Bodark B-368 $5.00


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Bodark B-369
2-7/8" x 2-7/8" x 10-3/4"
3-3/4 lb.

This is a beautiful but challenging "almost" 3-inch square spindle blank of heavily spalted Texas Bodark. It was cut from one side of a large crotch and the grain pattern is complex and includes a portion of the crotch "flame" figure - very nice. The color is mainly the golden-yellow of fresh-cut Bodark heartwood (that will turn to a strong golden brown with age and sunlight) but includes a broad band of dark reddish-brown spalting that diagonally crosses the center of the block - a very striking appearance.

The challenge in this block is associated with that diagonal band of red spalting. It is due to the pith of limb which is the origin of the spalting and which also crosses through the block. The center of that pith is a small open hole on one face (left side, top photo) and a bit larger on the opposite side (far end of the upper face, bottom photo). The pith on that opposite side also includes three short (1 inch) to long (3-1/4 inch) open radial cracks. There is also another short radial crack on one end (far end of the left side, top photo). I would reinforce and fill the pith and all of the associated radial cracks with thin and/or medium CA glue before and during turning. The beauty of this blank is worth the extra effort.

I see no other cracks, checks or significant flaws.


Bodark B-369 $35.00


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Bodark B-372
2" x 2" x 17-1/4"
2-1/2 lbs.

This is a nice, fairly long 2"-square spindle block of spalted Texas Bodark. It is essentially the golden-yellow of fresh-cut Bodark heartwood (that will turn to a strong golden brown with age and sunlight), with three prominent stripes and one oval patch of attractive, light to dark reddish-brown spalting (both photos). The linear stripes are due to spalt-staining in a wide zone around and near old, pith-related radial cracks (apparently due to mineralized water that "wicked" in along those old cracks). Those cracks must have ended just outside of this block because none are visible now.

There is one non-spalted drying check on one edge (nearest, left-hand corner and end end-grain face, top photo). This check appears to extend ~5 inches up from the end-grain face along and near the edge of the block. At the end-grain face, it penetrates the block to a depth of ~1", but it is very tight. I recommend reinforcing it with thin CA glue before turning (thin CA glue will "wick" into thin checks/cracks such as this). Most of that thin check will turn off as the blank is roughed to round. I see no other significant flaws.



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Bodark B-372 $20.00


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Bodark Lot 282
2" x 2" x 10-1/2"
1-1/4 lbs.

This is another nice 2"-square spindle block of Texas Bodark. The grain is very attractive. There is very prominent spalting on one edge. A very small section of sapwood and cambium are present on one edge that will turn-off as the block is roughed out.

There are several very small and tight drying checks on the back side (left side in bottom photo, but too small to be visible in the photo). The depth of the only one that intersects the end-grain face is less than 1/8". I would reinforce these with thin CA glue before turning. The price of this blank reflects the presence of the checks.

I see no other cracks, checks or significant flaws.


Bodark Lot 282 $12.00


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Bodark Lot 250
2 x 2 x 7"
1 lb.

This is another near perfect end-grain block of Texas Bodark. It is 100% heartwood, primarily a bright golden yellow that will turn to a strong golden brown with age and sunlight. There are two thin stripes of red spalt staining on one end, one long and one very short, to add character to the colors(top photo).

There is one small, sound knot in one side. I see no pith, cracks, checks or other significant flaws.


Bodark Lot 250 $10.00


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Bodark Lot 258
2-3/4" x 2-3/4" x 12-1/4"
3-1/2 lbs.

This is another very nice, square end-grain block of Bodark. It is approximately 70% the bright golden-yellow heartwood (that will turn to a strong golden brown with age and sunlight) and 30% tan to gray sapwood and brown bark (both photos). All of the bark and the gray outer portion of the sapwood will turn off as the blank is roughed to round.

The blank appear to be quite sound. I see no cracks or significant flaws.


Bodark Lot 258 $32.00


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Bodark Lot 259
2-3/4" x 2-3/4" x 12-1/4"
3-1/2 lbs.

This is another very nice, square end-grain block of Bodark. It is also approximately 70% the bright golden-yellow heartwood (that will turn to a strong golden brown with age and sunlight) and 30% tan to gray sapwood. There is some very nice, light reddish-brown spalting of that yellow heartwood. And there is a small amount of brown bark remaining outside the sapwood but most has fallen off (both photos). All of the remaining bark and most of the gray outer portion of the sapwood will turn off as the blank is roughed to round.

The blank appear to be quite sound. There are several open borer holes. They appear shallow and most are on edges where they will turn off as the block is rounded. I see no cracks or significant structural flaws.


Bodark Lot 259 $32.00





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Bodark B-920
~3-1/8" x 3-1/4" x 18-3/8"
7-1/2 lbs.

This is an interesting and somewhat challenging, long, +3 inch-square spindle block of Texas Bodark. It is approximately 90% light orange-yellow of fresh-cut Bodark heartwood and 10% yellow sapwood on most of one face and the two adjacent edges (1st photo). The orange-yellow color of the heartwood is marked by several irregular bands of dark brown areas and bands associated with several prominent cracks (more details in the paragraph below). The heartwood also includes several reddish spalted areas around and associated with small, burly-like knots; it also includes three patches of light brown heartwood on one face (of unclear origin). As with Bodark wood in general, this heartwood will turn to a strong and beautiful dark golden brown with age and exposure to air and light.

The block was cut from very close to the pith of the log and several pith-related radial cracks are present (2nd and 3rd photos). The cracks associated with the prominent, dark brown stripes and bands on the upper face of the bottom photo generally extend outward away from this block and appear to be shallow. I expect these to turn-off with minimal loss of finished diameter. Two additional radial cracks, one prominent and a smaller and less prominent crack, are present at the opposite end of the blank. The larger crack does extend across the block to be visible on the opposite face (2nd and 4th photos); the smaller crack extends out to intersect the adjacent face (4th photo). Where visible on the side faces, those cracks extend ~3" (the larger) and 1-1/2" (the smaller) up the length of the block. Both cracks are tight and I would simply reinforce them with thin CA glue before turning. There are also several very thin and apparently shallow drying checks in the sapwood that will likely turn-off.

I see no other cracks, checks or significant flaws.


Bodark B-920 $50.00


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Bodark B-424
3" x 3" x 12"
4-1/2 lbs.

This is a nice and solid 3 inch-square spindle block of Texas Bodark. It is entirely the light golden-brown of older Bodark heartwood with some inter-grain bands light reddish spalting. There is also one prominent patch of dark reddish spalting on one end-grain edge. It is not associated with any visible flaw and I have no idea why that is there. This heartwood will turn to a strong and beautiful dark golden brown with age and exposure to air and light.

There are several thin, dark reddish-brown strips that mark the very tail ends of old, pith-related radial cracks. All but two small stripes are located on the end of one side edge (right edge, both photos) and will turn off completely as the block is roughed to round. The other two very small stripes/tight cracks are located on edges of the opposite end-grain faces (bottom photo); their shallow depth and orientation suggests that they will also turn off completely without reducing the full 3" diameter of the finished piece. I see no other cracks, checks or significant flaws.


Bodark B-424 $40.00


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Bodark B-425
3" x 3" x 12"
4-1/2 lbs.

This is another very nice and solid 3 inch-square spindle block of Texas Bodark. It is entirely the light golden-brown of older Bodark heartwood with some inter-grain bands light reddish spalting. This heartwood will turn to a strong and beautiful dark golden brown with age and exposure to air and light.

This blank was cut from very close to the pith of the log and a single dark-brown area of wane on the end of one edge (top photo) marks where a pith-related radial crack once cut thru the wood. That feature is the only evidence of cracks or checks in this block. I see no significant flaws.



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Bodark B-425 $40.00


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Bodark B-399
3" x 3" x 6-1/2"
2-1/2 lbs.

This is a nice 3" square, end-grain turning block of Texas Bodark. It is mainly the golden-yellow of fresh-cut Bodark heartwood, but includes a wide section of bark along one edge and a section of creamy-white sapwood between the bark and heartwood. The bark, and most of the sapwood will turn off as the block is roughed to round. That golden-yellow heartwood will turn to a strong golden-brown with age and light exposure. The grain pattern is strong and linear to gently undulating with little grain run-out.

It was also cut from alongside the pith of the log and several very small and tight pith-related cracks are visible on one end-grain face (upper left corner, bottom photo). There may be other similar small cracks associated with that pith but most, if not all, will turn-off completely as the block is roughed to round. Those cracks are very tight, I would simply use thin CA glue to reinforce any portions that remain after rough-out.

I see no other cracks, checks or significant flaws.


Bodark B-399 $15.00


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Bodark B-332
3" x 3" x 9-1/2"
3-1/4 lbs.

This is another near-perfect 3" square end-grain block of Texas Bodark. It is entirely the golden-yellow of fresh-cut Bodark heartwood that will turn to a strong golden brown with age and sunlight.

The blank is sound - I see no cracks or other significant flaws. Insignificant "flaws" include three very small and sound knots on two faces.



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Bodark B-332 $25.00


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Bodark Lot 213
3" x 3" x 11-1/2"
4-3/4 lbs.

This is a beautiful, highly-figured 3" square end-grain block from an old Bodark tree. The wood is primarily the bright golden-yellow of fresh-cut Bodark heartwood with some red-stain spalting. There are several areas of bark and thin sapwood along the edges and two small, "bark-included"(?) holes on one side (left side, bottom photo). Most of those areas of bark will turn-off as the piece is rounded. One of those small holes is bark-lined and appears to be about 1/2" deep; the other is bark-filled and of uncertain depth.

The blank is sound - I see no cracks or major structural flaws.



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Bodark Lot 213 $30.00





End-grain turning blocks greater than 4 inches-square


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Bodark B-302
6" x 6" x 12"
15-3/4 lbs.

This is a nice 6" square end-grain block of spalted Texas Bodark, suitable for turning a large vase, hollow form or mortar and pestle. The basic color is the bright golden-yellow of fresh-cut Bodark heartwood with several light and one dark reddish-brown zones of spalting. That yellow heartwood will turn to a strong golden brown with age and sunlight. There is a thick strip of light brown sapwood and a very thin strip of bark on one edge. Both sapwood and bark should turn off as the block is roughed to round.

The pith was located just outside the limit of this block and I see no pith-related ring or radial cracks. There are several prominent cracks that are likely drying checks that have penetrated from the outside of the log. One passes from side to side just below one edge (left edge, bottom photo) and should easily turn off as the block is rounded. The other two are located toward the center of the one face (upper face on the bottom photo) and one extends as much as 1-1/2: into the block. These checks will require reinforcing with CA glue before and/or during turning. Note - the price reflects the complications of those cracks. I see no other significant cracks or flaws.



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Bodark B-302 $50.00


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Bodark B-303
5" x 5" x 12"
11-1/4 lbs.

This is another nice large, square end-grain block of spalted Texas Bodark, suitable for turning a large vase, hollow form or mortar and pestle. The basic color is the bright golden-yellow of fresh-cut Bodark heartwood with subtle areas and stripes of reddish-brown spalting. That yellow heartwood will turn to a strong golden brown with age and sunlight.

The pith was located well outside the limit of this block but there is one pith-related ring-type crack at one end (near end, top photo). This crack is shallow and appears to be old and stable. I would just reinforce it with thin CA glue before turning. There are also several small and indistinct cracks close to the edge of one face (right edge, upper face, on the bottom photo) that appear to be shallow drying checks. Located close to that edge, these should easily turn off as the block is rounded. I see no other significant cracks or flaws.



Sold
Bodark B-303 $50.00





Bowl blanks - round, square and half-logs


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Bodark half-log blank B-426
11" x 11" x 4"
12 lbs.

This is a very nice, nearly perfect slab-type bowl blank out of a very large, old and spalted Texas Bodark. I roughly trimmed it to round to expose all sides of the rough blank and to reduce the shipping weight. It looks to be suitable for a fairly large and shallow natural-edge bowl of an approximate 10 inch diameter.

The present basic color is a reddish-streaked, golden yellow, typical of spalted Bodark heartwood. The golden yellow color will turn to a strong and absolutely beautiful golden brown with age and sunlight. I have to say that I am not sure how those numerous patches and streaks of reddish spalt staining will age - I have not been able to keep one of these beauties here long enough to observe the final colors! The old bark was quite loose and has been stripped completely from the back side, but that black, knobby sub-bark surface is quite interesting and could look very interesting as the rim of a natural-edge bowl.

The pith of the log lay well outside the limits of this blank and there are no pith-related cracks. The only flaws that I see are two small drying checks on the back edge (below and into the sub-bark surface on the end-grain area of opposite sides). These checks developed after my trimming and photographing, and are not visible on the attached photos. If I were turning this blank, those checks would be reinforced with thin/medium CA glue and the blank mounted and turned as a NE bowl form ... most if not all of those two checks should turn off. I see no other significant flaws.


Bodark B-426 $45.00


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Bodark half-log blank B-429
6-1/2" x 6-1/2" x 3-1/4"
4 lbs.

This is a nice, smaller slab-type bowl blank out of a very large, old and spalted Texas Bodark log. It looks to be suitable for a medium-size bowl of an approximate 6 inch diameter and 2-1/2" to 3" inch depth.

The present color of the heartwood is a reddish-streaked, golden yellow, typical of spalted Bodark. The golden yellow color will turn to a strong and absolutely beautiful golden brown with age and sunlight. The old bark was quite loose and has been stripped completely from the back side.

I see no sign of any pith-related cracks, however there are three drying checks in the back side, two of which are old and strongly spalt-stained. All three are open at and just below the surface but appear to be quite tight at depth. I would just reinforce them with thin CA glue before turning. I the block is turned as a conventional bowl form, most if not all of those checks will turn off. I see no other significant flaws.


Bodark B-429 $20.00


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Bodark half-log blank B-392
11" x 9" x 4-1/2"
13-1/2 lbs.

This is a very nice, nearly perfect half-log bowl blank of Texas Bodark. Suitable for fairly large bowl approximately 8 inches in diameter and 4 inches deep, it has full and tight bark on the back side so that bowl could well be in either a barky, natural-edge form or a conventional bowl form. The primary color is a bright golden yellow, typical of Bodark heartwood. That yellow heartwood will turn to a strong golden brown with age and sunlight. The sapwood is a light creamy tan.

The log from which this blank came was halved right through the pith and a very thin portion of that pith remains at the cut face (upper two photos). The block appears to be quite sound - the only crack I see is minor - a short and quite tight feature off the pith (end-grain face of the middle photo, but too small to see in the photo). I see no other cracks or significant flaws.



Sold
Bodark B-392 $40.00


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Bodark half-log blank B-393
12" x 9" x 4-1/2"
15 lbs.

This is another very nice and nearly perfect, half-log bowl blank of Texas Bodark. Also suitable for fairly large bowl approximately 8 inches in diameter and 4 inches deep, it has full and tight bark on the back side so that bowl could well be in either a barky, natural-edge form or a conventional bowl form. A fairly large side-limb knot extends thru the bark on the back side. It will likely show up in one side of a finished bowl form and could be an attractive and interesting feature.

The primary color is a bright golden yellow, typical of Bodark heartwood. That yellow heartwood will turn to a strong golden brown with age and sunlight. The sapwood is a light creamy tan.

The log from which this blank came was halved right through the pith and a very thin portion of that pith remains at the cut face (upper two photos). The block appears to be quite sound - the only crack I see is minor - a short and quite tight feature off the pith (end-grain face of the lower photo, but barely visible above and to the right of the pith). I see no other cracks or significant flaws. Note - that curving black line on the left side of the end-grain face on the lower photo is a chain-saw cutting scar - not a crack/check.


Bodark B-393 $40.00


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Bodark half-log blank B-395
11" x 8-1/2" x 3-1/2"
12 lbs.

This is another very nice and nearly perfect, half-log bowl blank of Texas Bodark. Also suitable for fairly large bowl approximately 8 inches in diameter and 3 to 3-1/2 inches deep, it has full and tight bark on the back side so the bowl could well be in either a barky, natural-edge form or a conventional bowl form.

The primary color is a bright golden yellow, typical of Bodark heartwood. That yellow heartwood will turn to a strong golden brown with age and sunlight. The sapwood is a light creamy tan.

The log from which this blank came was halved almost right through the pith and a very thin portion of that pith remains at the cut face (upper two photos). The block appears to be quite sound - the only visible crack is minor - a short (~3/4") and quite tight feature off the pith (end-grain face of the top photo, but barely visible below and to the right of the pith). I see no other cracks or significant flaws.


Bodark B-395 $40.00


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Bodark half-log blank B-396
12" x 14" x 4-1/2"
15-1/2 lbs.

This is a very nice, half-log bowl blank cut from a large crotch of Texas Bodark. It is suitable for a fairly large bowl approximately 10 inches in diameter and 4 to 4-1/2 inches deep, it has full bark on the back side so that bowl could well be in either a barky, natural-edge (NE) or a conventional bowl form.

The flaring crotch grain pattern is very attractive and includes what should be an eye-catching flame figure in the area between the limbs. If I were turning this, the bowl form would be a NE to try and preserve that flame figure in the side of the bowl. The primary color is a bright golden yellow, typical of Bodark heartwood. That yellow heartwood will turn to a strong golden brown with age and sunlight. The sapwood is a light creamy tan.

The log from which this blank came was halved right through or very close to the pith and thin portions of the three diverging piths remain at the cut face. The block appears to be quite sound in general. The only flaws I see are three: 1) Several small and thin cracks are associated with the remaining piths. I consider these to be minor, short and quite tight where visible on the end-grain faces (see close-ups of the end-grain face photos). In a NE bowl form, most if not all of these will turn off. 2) The pith area on the right-hand limb of the crotch includes several open and frass-filled beetle holes that has affected the adjacent wood. As a result, some of the wood in that area has turned a reddish brown, but still appears to be sound. As with the small pith-related cracks, most and possibly all of those beetle holes and the associated brown wood will turn off in a NE form. 3) The bark on the back side is full and generally tight, but a narrow strip has bowed up (impact from when I dropped the tree??). I will reinforce this with CA glue as soon as I post this listing, but it may not survive turning to make a "complete" barky NE bowl.

I see no other significant flaws.




Sold


Bodark B-396 $50.00


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Bodark half-log blank B-397
12" x 14" x 3" to 4"
12-3/4 lbs.

This is another very nice, half-log bowl blank cut from a large crotch of Texas Bodark - the other half of the log that yielded B-396 above. It is suitable for a fairly large bowl approximately 10 inches in diameter and 3 to 3-1/2 inches deep, it has full bark on the back side so that bowl could well be in either a barky, natural-edge (NE) or conventional bowl form. The flaring crotch grain pattern is very attractive and includes what should be an eye-catching flame figure in the area between the limbs. The primary color is a bright golden yellow, typical of Bodark heartwood. That yellow heartwood will turn to a strong golden brown with age and sunlight. The sapwood is a light creamy tan.

The log from which this blank came was halved right through or very close to the pith and thin portions of the three diverging piths remain at the cut face. The block appears to be quite sound in general. The only flaws that I see are two: 1) Several small and thin cracks are associated with the remaining piths. I consider these to be minor, short and quite tight where visible on the end-grain faces (see close-ups of the end-grain face photos). In a NE bowl form, most if not all of these will turn off. 2) The pith area on the left-hand limb of the crotch includes a thin section of several open and frass-filled beetle holes that has affected the adjacent wood. As a result, some of the wood in that area has turned a reddish brown, but still appears to be sound. As with the small pith-related cracks, most and probably all of those beetle holes and the associated brown wood will turn off in a NE form.

I see no other significant flaws.


Bodark B-397 $50.00


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Bodark block B-383
6 x 6 x 3"
3-1/2 lbs.

This is a very nice square block of Texas Bodark suitable for a 5" to 6" diameter bowl. It is entirely Bodark heartwood with a strong linear grain pattern and a primarily strong golden-yellow color (a color that will ultimately turn to a dark golden brown with age). There are several prominent dark red lines and somewhat "fuzzy" small areas of light to dark red that are classic Bodark spalt stains. Quite attractive but they are primarily located on one corner and side (top photo) and will likely turn off if a bowl form is planned. There are also two elongated light-brown patches on the back side (bottom photo) that may be related to some type of non-spalted decay, but the wood within those areas seem to be quite sound. If I were turning a conventional bowl, this block would be mounted such that those brown features would be removed as the interior of the bowl is hollowed-out.

The pith of the log from which this block was cut passes thru one corner (both photos) and has several associated radial cracks (marked by the stronger red-stained spalt lines). Confined to that corner, it appears the both the pith and the associated cracks will turn off completely as a bowl form is roughed to round.

I see no other cracks, checks, or significant flaws in this block.



Sold
Bodark block B-383 $25.00


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Bodark block B-386
6 x 6 x 3"
3-3/4 lbs.

This is another nice square block of Texas Bodark, but this time it appears most suitable for a 5" to 6" diameter, low-profile (oval) hollow form. It is primarily Bodark heartwood with a strong linear grain pattern and a bright golden-yellow color (a color that will ultimately turn to a dark golden brown with age). A fairly thin patch of lighter yellow-brown sapwood, capped with a thin section of residual bark, is present along one edge of the backside (both photos) and linear but somewhat fuzzy red spalt stains are present on the opposite edge.

This blank was cut from very close to the pith of the log and that spalting is associated with that nearby pith. The red spalt staining in Bodark typically forms a wide, perimeter-shading zone around pith-related cracks. In this case, it appears that the very tail ends of two radial cracks are present in the central portion of the linear spalted areas. They are quite tight and appear to be very shallow. In a low-profile, oval hollow form, those small cracks should turn off completely. In addition, there is one small and tight drying check on another edge of the backside (faintly on the left edge and end-grain face, bottom photo). That too should turn off if the blank is mounted and turned as suggested above.

That sapwood portion does include a large (should I say "huge"??) open to partially frass-filled borer hole (bottom photo, upper edge). Fortunately, this monster runs parallel to the sapwood/heartwood boundary and appears to be confined to the sapwood. Mounting of the blank as suggested above should result in removal of all of those flaws as the oval form is shaped.



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Bodark block B-386 $25.00


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Bodark B-301
14" x 15-1/2" x 5"
22-1/2 lbs.

This is another very nice slab-type bowl blank of Texas Bodark. It appears to be suitable for a large bowl of approximately 13" width and 3" to 3-1/2" depth. The primary color is a bright golden yellow, typical of Bodark heartwood. That yellow heartwood will turn to a strong golden brown with age and sunlight. The sapwood is a light creamy tan.

This blank was also cut from an older log and the bark was loose - it has been completely removed. There are also a number of small open and frass-filled borer holes in the sapwood. The block appears to be quite sound - I see no pith, cracks or other significant flaws.



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Bodark B-301 $50.00


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Bodark Lot 297
11" diameter x 2 to 2-1/2" depth
18 lbs.

This is another nice large but fairly shallow half-log bowl blank cut from the area of a major crotch. There is a very nice flame figure that extends across the entire annotated face. The color (at the moment) is the bright golden yellow with strong bands of golden brown - typical of Bodark heartwood. That heartwood will turn to an absolutely beautiful golden brown with age. The bark on the back side is not very tight, making the blank a poor choice for a natural-edge bowl.

I tried to halve this crotch log close to the pith but the two piths lay at such an angle that one pith was removed (right-hand limb) but the other pith (left-hand limb) was left just below the annotated face. One long pith-related radial crack is also present in the left-hand limb. Again, that crack is extremely tight and is mainly visible as a narrow stripe of reddish-brown spalt staining. I would reinforce it with CA glue when turning.

As you can see from the photos, a number of small and thin drying checks have developed in the sapwood and outer heartwood on the end-grain faces. Most of these will turn off completely in conventional bowl form. Any that remain should be reinforced and, if necessary, filled during the rough-out stage. There are also a couple of small borer holes in the sapwood and outer portion of the heartwood.

I see no other significant flaws in this block.



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Bodark Lot 297 $55.00


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Bodark Lot 270
6 x 6 x 3"
4 lbs.

This is another slab-type bowl blank of Texas Bodark with a large patch of sapwood and bark on one edge that will pretty much dictate the orientation of a conventional bowl (with the barky edge on the backside). Again, the primary color is a bright golden yellow - typical of fresh-cut Bodark heartwood - that will turn to a strong and beautiful golden brown with age and sunlight.

There are several prominent borer holes in the sapwood of the bottom (bottom photo). Probing reveals that they are shallow and only barely penetrate the heartwood. I see no cracks, checks or other significant flaws in this block.



Sale pending
Bodark Lot 270 $18.00









Rectangular cross-section pieces, blocks and small boards


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Bodark B-390
4-1/2" x 13-1/4" x 2-3/4"
1-3/4 lbs.

This is a solid rectangular block of quarter-sawn Bodark. The color in the photos is the bright golden-yellow of fresh-cut Bodark heartwood, but that yellow has already changed to s soft, golden-brown of lightly-aged Bodark.

This block is quite sound - I see no cracks, checks or other significant flaws. There is one small, shallow (~1/8"), circular depression on one side that is the very end of an old borer hole in the adjacent portion of the log - no problem.



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Bodark B-390 $20.00


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Bodark B-362
4-1/2" x 13-1/4" x 2-3/4"
6-1/2 lbs.

This is a very large and solid, rectangular block of quarter-sawn Bodark. The color is the bright golden-yellow of fresh-cut Bodark heartwood with the exception of a relatively thin section of dark red spalt-staining on one edge.

That spalt-staining is associated with radial cracks around the pith of the log (located outside the limits of this block), and one small radial crack is present on one corner (left corner, near end-grain face and upper side, bottom photo). There is also one fairly long (4 inches) drying check at the opposite end. It is ~1-1/2 where it intersects the end-grain face (left side, near end, top photo). The only other significant flaw I see is one large, open knot on one edge (left side and upper face, far end, bottom photo).



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Bodark B-362 $30.00


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Bodark B-364
2-3/4" x 7-1/4" x 1-7/8"
1-1/4 lbs.

This is another nice rectangular block of Texas Bodark. The wood is mostly the golden-yellow of fresh-cut Bodark heartwood but includes an area of strong red spalt-staining on part of the back side.

The blank is generally sound but there the pith of the log just "nicks" one edge of the back and a single very tight radial crack extends across the adjacent end-grain face and into the top face and one side (near end of the top photo). There is also a small but open knot in the back side (near end, left side, bottom photo). I see no other cracks, checks or significant flaws.


Bodark B-364 $12.00


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Bodark B-381
1-7/8" x 13-3/8" x 1"
1 lb.

This is a long, narrow plane to rift-sawn board of Texas Bodark. The wood is mainly the golden-yellow of fresh-cut Bodark heartwood but includes an area of strong red spalt-staining on a large portion of the back side.

I see no cracks, checks or other significant flaws.




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Bodark B-381 $10.00


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Bodark B-382
1-7/8" x 13-3/8" x 1"
1 lb.

This is a small, relatively thin plane-sawn board of Texas Bodark. The wood is entirely the golden-yellow of fresh-cut Bodark heartwood.

I see no cracks, checks or other significant flaws.


Bodark B-382 $8.00


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Bodark Lot 225
3" x 2-5/8" x 7"
2-1/2 lbs.

This is a very-nicely figured, small rectangular block from an old Bodark tree. The wood is primarily the bright golden-yellow of fresh-cut Bodark heartwood with considerable red-stain spalting. There is one large area of bark and thin sapwood on one side and edge.

The blank is quite sound - I see no cracks or other structural flaws.



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Bodark Lot 225 $30.00




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This beautiful goblet was recently turned from some of the same Texas Bodark wood listed on this site. Additional examples of Bodark turnings are presented on our companion website Prairie's End Woodshop.






Listing last updated 28 July 2015


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