This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V18", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
When in Texas a few years ago, the writer saw large quantities of Osage orange sawed into joists for buildings, and was told that it was one of the best possible for indoor uses, but not of so much when used for open weather purposes. We have heard however that it was extremely durable as stakes. From the following, which we find in a California paper, we think it must be of more use for general purposes than one would suppose, and should be glad of any facts that our correspondents may have respecting it:
" We have been shown at the carriage manufactory of William P. Miller a set of buggy wheels, the spokes of which were made of Osage orange wood. The timber was cut from Capt. Weber's premises, on the peninsula, and the place formerly owned by Smith Whiting, corner of American and Lindsay streets, and has been seasoning for about three years. A specimen of the wood shown us was a trunk six inches in diameter and showing sixteen concentric circles. The wood is susceptible of a high polish; and while it is not probably as tough as hickory, it is not so liable to shrink in dry weather or swell in wet weather. This latter quality makes it peculiarly adapted to our climate, although there is not enough grown here to manufacture extensively. In Arkansas and Texas, where this wood grows plentifully, it is commonly used in the manufacture of wagons."