Bodark Wood For Sale
AKA .. Osage Orange, Bois d'Arc, or Hedgeapple

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 beautiful 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-348
1-1/2" x 1-1/2" x 7"
1/2 lbs.

This is another very nice 1-1/2"-square end-grain block of heavily spalted Texas Bodark. Again, it is primarily the golden-yellow of fresh-cut Bodark heartwood but also includes a large area of strong red spalt coloring along one edge and the two adjacent sides. In this case, I see no cracks associated with the spalting.


Bodark B-348 $9.00


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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 $9.00


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Bodark B-351
1-1/2" x 1-1/2" x 7"
1/2 lbs.

This is another near-perfect, straight-grained spindle block of Texas Bodark. It is primarily bright yellow Bodark heartwood, but includes a narrow strip of sapwood on one edge and the adjacent sides.

I see no cracks, checks or other significant flaws.


Bodark B-351 $9.00


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Bodark Lot 231
1-1/2 x 1-1/2 x 13"
1 lb.

This is a long end-grain "stick" of Texas Bodark. It is approximately 60% bright golden yellow heartwood and 40% creamy tan sapwood, with the sapwood confined to one edge where most will turn off as the blank is rounded. That yellow heartwood will turn to a strong golden brown with age and sunlight.

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



SOLD
Bodark Lot 231 $8.00


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Bodark Lot 252
1-1/2 x 1-1/2 x 12"
1 lb.

This is a smaller end-grain block of Texas Bodark. It is all heartwood - a bright golden yellow color with a strong shading of reddish-brown spalt stain at one end (bottom photo).

There are several small dark brown (very sound) knots. I see no pith, cracks, checks or other significant flaws.



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Bodark Lot 252 $10.00


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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 Lot 284
1-1/2" x 1-1/2" x 8-3/4"
1 lbs.

This is a near-perfect, straight-grained spindle block of Texas Bodark. It is primarily bright yellow and gently-reddish-spalted heartwood with a very small section of creamy to light brown sapwood on one edge of one end..

I see no cracks, checks or significant flaws.



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Bodark Lot 284 $10.00





End-grain turning blocks between 2 and 3 inches-square



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Bodark B-407
2" x 2" x 9-1/4"
1-1/2 lbs.

This is a very nice 2" square, end-grain turning block of spalted Texas Bodark. It was cut from a very old, spalted tree and, when initially milled, annotated and photographed, was basically various shades of light yellow with patches of reddish spalting. As I am now describing it, the colors are various shades of golden-brown with patches and lenses of darker orange spalting. These color changes are typical of Bodark as it ages. The grain pattern is linear to moderately complex - very attractive.

There is one prominent crack one edge of one face (left edge, upper face, bottom photo). Located close to the edge, that crack should turn off completely as the block is rounded on the lathe. I see no other cracks, checks or significant flaws.



Sale pending
Bodark B-407 $20.00


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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-400
2-1/2" x 2-1/2" x 14-1/4"
3-3/4 lbs.

This is a very nice 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).

There are several very thin (tight) cracks along the edge opposite the sapwood/bark edge (near edge on top photo, but only faintly visible). 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-400 $30.00


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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.


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-365
2-3/4" x 2-3/4" x 13-1/2"
4-1/4 lbs.

This is a near-perfect, long "almost" 3 inch-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 a prominent zone of attractive dark reddish-brown spalting along one edge (top photo). That linear zone is due to spalt-staining in a wide band around and near old, pith-related radial cracks (apparently due to mineralized water that "wicked" in along those old cracks). In this case, the only sign of the old cracks is a single, very small dark line on a portion of that spalt-stained edge - and that small feature will turn off immediately as the block is roughed to round.

I see no significant flaws.


Bodark B-365 $30.00


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Bodark B-366
2-3/4" x 2-3/4" x 9"
2-1/2 lbs.

This is another near-perfect "almost" 3 inch-square spindle block of spalted Texas Bodark. It 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 large, eye-catching section of dark reddish-brown spalting along the back and portions of two sides. That dramatic spalting is generally associated with old, pith-related radial cracks. But in this case, I see no such cracks or any other flaws.

I see no significant flaws.



Sold
Bodark B-366 $25.00


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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-370
2-3/4" x 2-3/4" x 10"
3 lbs.

This is an essentially perfect "almost" 3 inch-square spindle block of spalted Texas Bodark. The color is the golden-yellow of fresh-cut Bodark heartwood (that will turn to a strong golden brown with age and sunlight).

I see no significant flaws.


Bodark B-370 $28.00


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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 B-373
2" x 2" x 14"
2 lbs.

This is a very nice, long 2"-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 sunlight).

I see absolutely no cracks, checks or other significant flaws.



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Bodark B-373 $20.00


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Bodark B-374
2" x 2" x 14"
2 lbs.

This is another nice, fairly long 2"-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 sunlight).

There is a single drying check on one edge (bottom close-up photo, end end-grain face and upper left-hand edge). 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 ~1-1/4", 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). The open upper portion of the check will turn off as the blank is roughed to round. I see no other significant flaws.


Bodark B-374 $15.00


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Bodark B-375
2" x 2" x 11-3/4"
1-3/4 lbs.

This is another very nice, long 2"-square spindle block of spalted Texas Bodark. It is entirely heartwood with a strong linear grain pattern. 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 does include a zone of attractive, reddish-brown spalt staining along one edge.

I see absolutely no cracks, checks or other significant flaws.



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Bodark B-375 $18.00


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Bodark B-376
2" x 2" x 11-1/2"
1-3/4 lbs.

This is another nice, 2"-square spindle block of spalted Texas Bodark. It is also entirely heartwood with a strong linear grain pattern. 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 does include three interesting looking linear stripes of strong red/brown spalt-staining on one side.

Those linear spalting elements in Bodark are generally related to old pith-related radial cracks - forming wide zones around and near the cracks (apparently due to mineralized water "wicked" in along those old cracks). In this case, one extremely thin and tight radial crack is present and visible within the wider (and lightered colored stripe). That crack appears to extend along the axis of the block for the entire length of the red stripe (almost 6 inches, bottom photo) and extends thru the block to "outcrop" on the opposite side as a shorter and thinner red stripe (top photo, far end of the left side). I do not see this crack as a major flaw due to its age, nature (not an active drying "check") and very tight character. I would simply reinforce it with thin CA glue before turning (note: thin CA glue will "wick" into tight checks/cracks such as this).

I see no other cracks, checks or significant flaws.



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Bodark B-376 $15.00


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Bodark B-377
2" x 2" x 11"
1-3/4 lbs.

This is another very nice, long 2"-square spindle block of spalted Texas Bodark. It is entirely heartwood with a strong linear grain pattern. The color is the golden-yellow of fresh-cut Bodark heartwood that will turn to a strong golden brown with age and sunlight.

There are several very short and tight, echelon-aligned cracks or checks on one side that appear to be the tail-ends of a larger structure located outside the limits of this block (far end of left side, bottom photo). I consider these to be minor and would simply reinforce them with thin CA glue before turning. I see no other cracks, checks or significant flaws.



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Bodark B-377 $15.00


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Bodark B-310
2-1/2" x 2-1/2" x 12"
2-3/4 lbs.

This is a very nice 2-1/2"-square spindle block of spalted Texas Bodark. It is mainly the golden-yellow of fresh-cut Bodark heartwood that will turn to a strong golden brown with age and sunlight. Those attractive, linear red spalted areas appear to be related to spalt-staining that has "wicked" into the wood along several thin and tight radial cracks on two edges (bottom photo). Fortunately, those cracks are confined to the edges and will turn-off as the block is roughed to round. Unfortunately, most of the attractive spalting will turn-off as well.

I see no other cracks, checks or significant flaws.



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Bodark B-310 $20.00


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Bodark B-322
2" x 2" x 8"
1-1/4 lbs.

This is another 2"-square spindle block of spalted Texas Bodark. It is mainly the golden-yellow of fresh-cut Bodark heartwood that will turn to a strong golden brown with age and sunlight. There is a area of what once was a pocket of "included bark" on half of one edge (bottom photo). That area will turn off as the block is roughed to round.

I see no cracks, checks or other significant flaws.



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Bodark B-322 $10.00


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Bodark B-323
2" x 2" x 7-1/4"
1 lbs.

This is another nice 2"-square spindle block of spalted Texas Bodark. It is mainly the golden-yellow of fresh-cut Bodark heartwood that will turn to a strong golden brown with age and sunlight.

There is a single spalt-enhanced crack crossing below one edge of one end (bottom photo). That crack is a minor feature, but also lies at a very shallow depth below the edge and will turn off as the block is roughed to round. I see no other cracks, checks or significant flaws.



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Bodark B-323 $10.00


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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 254
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 with several areas of strong shadings of reddish-brown spalting on the back side (bottom photo). The golden yellow color will turn to a strong golden brown with age and sunlight.

There are two small overlapping, spalt-stained cracks on one corner (lower right corner, top photo; upper right corner, bottom photo). These will turn off completely as the block is rounded. I see no other cracks, checks or significant flaws.


Bodark Lot 254 $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 Lot 229
2-1/2" x 2-1/2" x 8-5/8"
2-1/4 lbs.

This is a small, burly 2-1/2" square end-grain block from an old Bodark tree. The wood is primarily the bright golden-yellow of fresh-cut Bodark heartwood with moderate red-stain spalting, gently flowing grain pattern and occasional burl buds. There is one area of bark and thin sapwood on one edge. This bark and most of the sapwood will turn-off as the blank is rounded.

The blank appears to be sound with no obvious cracks or other significant flaws.



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Bodark Lot 229 $18.00





End-grain turning blocks between 3 and 4 inches-square



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Bodark B-405
3" x 3" x 9"
3-1/4 lbs.

This is a very nice 3" square, end-grain turning block of spalted Texas Bodark. It was cut from a very old, spalted tree and, when initially milled, labelled and photographed, was basically various shades of light yellow with patches of reddish spalting. As I am now describing it, the colors are various shades of golden-brown to dark brown, with patches and lenses of burnt-orange spalting. These color changes are typical of Bodark as it ages. The grain pattern is linear to gently undulating with little grain run-out.

It was cut from very close to the pith of the log but I see no pith-related cracks. There is one thing, crack-like bark inclusion of one edge of one face (near end of annotated face, top photo). I see no cracks, checks or other significant flaws.



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Bodark B-405 $30.00


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Bodark B-398
3" x 3" x 14"
5-1/2 lbs.

This is a near-perfect 3" square, end-grain turning 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 light exposure. The grain pattern is strong and linear to gently undulating with little grain run-out.

It was cut from alongside the pith of the log and two 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 all are likely to turn-off completely as the block is roughed to round. I see no other cracks, checks or significant flaws.



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Bodark B-398 $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 276
3" x 3" x 16-1/2"
5-3/4 lbs.

This is a very nice and long 3" square end-grain block of Bodark. The primary color is the bright golden-yellow of fresh-cut Bodark heartwood (that will turn to a strong golden brown with age and sunlight). There are two areas of strong, reddish-brown spalt staining that are associated with old cracks that were mainly located outside the limits of the block. As well as for lathe turning, this block may be suitable as the base for a fairly-long plane. However, as with most of my wood, it is pretty fresh and some drying will probably be required.

The blank is generally sound. The "tail-end" remains of two radial cracks, enhanced by the prominent spalting, are present on the annotated face on one end (top and bottom photos). Judging from the exposure on the end-grain face, the cracks penetrate less than 1/2". Located close to the edge, most would turn off as the blank is roughed to round.

One prominent knot and two tiny knots are present in this block. The larger knot is associated with an single, very thin crack or check (left side, far end, top photo, but that knot and crack/check are not really visible). The tiny knots are at least partially hollow and may require some type of filling. And last, there are two beetle holes as follows: 1) a long and shallow (~2" x 1/4"x 1/8" deep) borer hole on one face (far end, left side, middle photo) that is located just be low the sapwood on one edge and should turn-off immediately, and 2) a small, open, oval hole (top photo, left side within that long dark stripe) that is approximately 1/8" wide and just over 1/4" long. Probing reveals that the hole penetrates straight into the block about 1/2" and then curves toward the near end for another 1/2 to 3/4". It will not simply turn off as the block is rounded and some filling may be in order. I see no other cracks, checks or significant flaws.




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Bodark Lot 276 $40.00


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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.



SOLD
Bodark Lot 213 $30.00





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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.



Sold
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-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-394
11-1/2" x 8-1/2" x 3-1/2"
12-1/2 lbs.

This is another very nice half-log bowl blank of Texas Bodark. It would also be suitable for fairly large bowl approximately 8 inches in diameter and 3 to 3-1/2 inches deep. With a full and tight bark on the back side, the bowl could well be 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). A single, small but open pith-related crack is present at one end of the blank (far end, top two photos) and extends below the top face of the blank about 1-1/4" where visible at the end-grain face (bottom photo). The crack clearly extends into the block along the pith as far as (perhaps) 2-1/2" (top end of the upper two photos), where it dies out is not clear. It is not much of a crack, but were I turning this, I would likely trim off that end of the blank and turn my bowl from closer to the opposite end. If any portion of that crack remained, I would use thin/medium CA glue to reinforce and fill it. I see no other cracks or significant flaws.



Sold
Bodark B-394 $35.00


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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-384
6 x 6 x 3"
3-1/2 lbs.

This is another very nice square block of Texas Bodark suitable for a 5" to 6" bowl. The wood is all 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 is a linear band of prominent dark red Bodark spalt stains located on one edge and side (bottom photo).

This blank was cut from close to the pith of the log and two small and tight, pith-related radial cracks are present within the band of red spalting (near side face, bottom photo - but too small to readily see). Both cracks are confined to the very edge of the block and, if the blank is mounted such that the spalted edge is on the bottom, both cracks and most of the spalt staining should turn off.

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



Sold
Bodark block B-384 $30.00


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Bodark block B-385
6 x 6 x 3"
3-3/4 lbs.

This is another nice square block of Texas Bodark suitable for a 5" to 6" diameter bowl. It is primarily 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). A thick patch of lighter yellow-brown sapwood is present along one edge of the backside (both photos). A single dark red line and two somewhat "fuzzy" small areas of a light to dark red spalt stains are present on the opposite edge.

This blank was cut from very close to the pith of the log and the pretty red spalting is associated with that nearby pith. That red spalt staining in Bodark typically forms a wide, perimeter-shading zone around pith-related cracks. In this case, it appears that I was successful in removing all of those structural flaws - I see no associated cracks.

The sapwood portion does include several prominent, open borer holes (bottom photo, upper left corner). Probing with my "paper clip tool" suggests that these are confined to the sapwood, and very outermost portion of the heartwood at the worst. Mounting of the blank such that the sapwood/bark/borer hole edge is on the bottom, would result in removal of all of those features as the outer bottom of a bowl is shaped.


Bodark block B-385 $30.00


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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.


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 B-330
6 x 7 x 2-1/2"
2-1/4 lbs.

This is a small slab blank of Texas Bodark that should be suitable for a 6" bowl. The primary color is a bright golden yellow - typical of Bodark heartwood. The sapwood is a creamy tan. That yellow heartwood will turn to a strong golden brown with age and sunlight.

The blank has nearly full bark on the backside (partially abraded near one end and absent where a side branch was trimmed-off. While it could be turned as natural-edge bowl, but the bark is not tight and keeping it intact during turning will take considerable care (and CA glue!). Also, there are a number of small open and frass-filled beetle holes (and possibly some still-active beetle grubs) in that outer sapwood layer - these may not be desirable in a natural-edge bowl. These will, or can be, turned off in a conventional bowl form.

There is a small crack across the remaining stump of that small side branch on the back side, and an apparent continuation of that crack to the nearby end-grain face (bottom photo). It looks as if that knot and the associated branch-stub will turn off as the blank is roughed to round. I see no other cracks, checks or significant flaws.



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Bodark B-330 $10.00


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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









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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.


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-363
3" x 11" x 2"
2-1/2 lbs.

This is a nice solid, rectangular block of quarter-sawn Bodark. The wood is mostly the golden-yellow of fresh-cut Bodark heartwood but includes strong red spalt-staining on one back edge and the two adjacent sides.

The blank is generally sound but there is one shallow crack just below and parallel to the edge in that red spalted area (left side of the upper face, bottom photo). I consider this to be minor and I see no other cracks, checks or other significant flaws.


Bodark B-363 $20.00


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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.




Sold


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 B-339
2" x 3" x 10-1/2"
2-1/2 lbs.

This is a nice solid, rectangular block of plain-sawn Bodark. The wood is entirely the bright golden-yellow of fresh-cut Bodark heartwood.

The blank is generally sound. There is one small crack just below one corner (lower left corner, bottom photo). I consider this to be minor and I see no other cracks, checks or other significant flaws.



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Bodark B-339 $20.00


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Bodark B-340
2" x 2-1/2" x 8-1/2"
1-1/2 lbs.

This is a solid, rectangular block of quarter-sawn Bodark. The wood is entirely the bright golden-yellow of fresh-cut Bodark heartwood.

Overall the blank is sound but there is a single prominent crack extending the width of the block just below the upper surface at one end (near end, top photo). It is tight but does define a small, potentially weak slab that is 2-1/2 x 2-1/2 x 1/4". I could have removed the crack by slicing 1/4" off the top, but that would have removed a large area of useful wood as well, so I leave it up to you to decide. I see no other cracks, checks or significant flaws.


Bodark B-340 $15.00


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Bodark Lot 288
3" x 12" x 2"
2-3/4 lbs.

This is another nice solid, rectangular block of straight-grained Bodark. Again, the wood is primarily the bright golden-yellow of fresh-cut Bodark heartwood with moderate shading of reddish spalting (all photos).

The blank is generally sound - I see no cracks or checks. There is one prominent knot on the annotated face and a second, probably related knot on the adjacent side (top and bottom photos - continuation of same old limb(?)). The larger knot on the annotated face is partially open and some type of fill may be desired for the finished piece.



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Bodark Lot 288 $20.00


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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.


Bodark Lot 225 $30.00


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Bodark Lot 293
2-3/4" x 7-1/2" x 3/4"
1/2 lbs.

This is a nice small board of Texas Bodark. The color is the bright golden-yellow of fresh-cut Bodark heartwood with a small strip of grayish-spalted sapwood on one edge (bottom photo). The golden yellow color will turn to a strong golden brown with age and sunlight.

The blank is sound and would be suitable to re-saw for pen-turning, box-making, knife scales, pistol grips and/or the like. I see no cracks or other structural flaws.



Sold
Bodark Lot 293 $8.00




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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 25 July 2014


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