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Mar 29th, 2008 at 10:37am
 
I recently picked up a small chuck of osage orange locally (not from the neighbor's ice storm damaged tree I mentioned a while back) that is green and is wax coated at the moment.  It has beautiful color right now, but I understand it will fade.  Is this a drying thing, a UV thing or some other cause?  Is there a good way to finish it to protect the color?
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Reply #1 - Mar 29th, 2008 at 10:59am
 
Mike, I'm not sure anyone really knows for sure.  I can tell you this, it's going to change.  Even the bottom of the only OO bowl I have is turning although not as quickly.  I'm not sure I would call it fade though.  More like the color changes from that bright yellow to a beautiful burnt golden brown.  It absolutely beautiful. 
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Reply #2 - Mar 29th, 2008 at 9:53pm
 
I agree, Osage will go brownish. On my work, I use  Yellow NGR (non grain raising) stain straight out of the bottle, one or two coats. It matches the natural yellow of the wood and will help maintain the yellow that makes osage so nice. I get mine here Multimedia File Viewing and Clickable Links are available for Registered Members only!!  You need to Login or Register
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I top coat with Watco aerosol lacquer. Best lacquer aerosol I've found. They don't sell Watco but Lowes does. You can top coat with other finishes too.

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Reply #3 - Mar 30th, 2008 at 5:39am
 
Craig,
If you have always had excellent results from this company why don't you put a link to them in the "WR updates & info" area under favorite finishing supply vendors.
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This way if anybody asks a question about them you can tell them your experiences with this company.

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Reply #4 - Mar 30th, 2008 at 12:54pm
 
Chuck,
I did as you suggested.
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Reply #5 - Apr 2nd, 2008 at 7:33pm
 
Doug - I agree the golden wood is gorgeous.  I just like the orange/yellow color in the green wood.

Craig - Thanks for the idea.
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