I received a chunk of osage orange from my son-in-law who searches for it in our area (Western NY). He uses it to make archery bows. He not only learned this bow-making skill through his American Indian family lineage but also uses his bows and hand-crafted arrows to (very successfully) hunt deer. Note: He also is a source of deer antler for future pens. This chunk was found some time ago and has been in dry storage for quite a while so it was very dry. I shamelessly made this pen for him to assure the potential of more FREE pen making materials. I wanted a natural look (no CA) so I sanded to 1200 grit and applied three layers of Dr. Kirk's Micro Magic Polishing Wax (red/white/blue). I discovered that the gold color in the grain shows quite nicely with only the polishing wax.