Bodark

AKA .. Osage Orange, Bois d'Arc, Horse Apple or Hedge

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 (mustard colored 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.