Turning Archive 2004

box elder fading

John Lucas
>I've only turned a few pieces of Osage Orange and Box Elder. One of my friends who is a professional woodworker says he won't work with either one because the customer buys these woods for their color and he doesn't want them to be disappointed when the color changes.

I know Binh Pho air brushes the red in his box elder because the air brush color won't fade.

My question is how soon does it fade. I know Osage orange gradually changes to a yellowish brown over about 3 years.

the reason I'm asking is I have access to a box elder log and would like to turn it but I don't want to sell it and have a customer come back unhappy.

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