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These are photos of pieces of the neighbor’s thorn bush, as it was being cut and thrown into their trailer for a trip to the dump. The last time I saw this vivid a yellow was after applying a liberal dose of dye to a project.

The wood seems to have the appearance of density equal to sycamore, and someone the same grain. I did notice a bit of yellow on my hands after handling it for a quick test on the lathe.

The most I’ll get out of it will be some wine stoppers. I don’t know if the yellow will hang on or disappear, like purple heart. We’ll see.

The pieces are small enough I’ll just turn them, let them dry, then fill the cracks with epoxy.

A quick search suggests it’s Barberry/Berberis thunbergii. As one fellow said, the wood is so yellow, it looks fake.
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Exceptionally yellow I would say. Is that all you were able to salvage?

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These happened to be what he had set aside to show me. There won't be much, but he did say he'd give me a yell when the two root balls are pulled up.

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That is very vivid yellow. Some of those pieces should have some interesting grain. Too bad there isn't some longer pieces, that would be valuable for marquetry and home made banding.

Someone I consider a master woodworker once told me that a master woodworker is not someone who never makes mistakes. He is someone who is able to cover them up so that no one can tell.
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Pretty but may fade with light exposure.
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Another fellow indicated they used this for marquetry and that it held its color fairly well. I suspect much of that depends on how much abuse you allow it to suffer from the sunlight.


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if it comes off on your hands, you would need to seal it completely before using for wine stoppers. Unless you like yellow spotted red wine that is.
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Wear a dust mask, Kelly... that stuff looks toxic.
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I was thinking the same thing.

A quick check suggests it might be valuable as an herb, however.

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I think there is a good chance you have some Osage Orange there.
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