This week in urban logging #7: Still at it

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Blog entry by Daren Nelson posted 10-31-2008 12:30 AM 3268 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I opened up a pretty large mulberry today and knew on the first cut this was going to be interesting.

So I cut a little deeper.

Flipped it over…and urban logging strikes again. 2 screws, oh well there was plenty of good lumber under them.

Yea those are 21” wide mulberry boards with figure. Kinda weird birdeye/burl clusters, pretty. Mulberry is very pretty anyway. It darkens to the color of aged black cherry as it dries. It is much more attractive dry.

Not a bad stack of 4/4-6/4 and 8/4. Those 8/4×21” x 8’ wet boards were heavy fresh sawn ! I also got a little pile of live edge flitches from the saw down to a cant that I did not take a picture of.

It is so hard to capture what the figure looks like. The sun washed out the color while it was on the mill…and the flash washed it out in this picture. Just gonna have to trust me I guess…it looks better in person.

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#1 posted 10-31-2008 12:33 AM

lovely lines in that wood!

too bad the Awards Category wasn’t “nail holes” instead of “knots”

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#2 posted 10-31-2008 12:48 AM

Thanks for the update to Urban Logging, or as I like to call it, Daren’s Drool Report.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#3 posted 10-31-2008 12:48 AM

That’s some pretty wood. I’d never seen the inside of Mulberry until I joined this place. The berries however, always were such a bother.

-- Respect your shop tools and they will respect you - Ric

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#4 posted 10-31-2008 01:39 AM

Great big wood. And lots do do with it. Good luck.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#5 posted 10-31-2008 01:42 AM

Thanks for the post, Daren. I really enjoy seeing these.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#6 posted 10-31-2008 04:01 AM

Thanks for sharing, Daren. I am always interested in your urban logging.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#7 posted 10-31-2008 05:49 AM

That first photo looks psychedelic. Nice finds.

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Grant Davis

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#8 posted 10-31-2008 01:22 PM

that is going to make someone som awesome looking projects.

-- Grant...."GO BUCKEYES"

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#9 posted 10-31-2008 05:26 PM

Never cut Mulberry before but it looks like real nice material, is it a soft wood? I’ll be looking for a finished product some time down the road.

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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Daren Nelson

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#10 posted 10-31-2008 07:05 PM

Ron. It is a hardwood, a relative to osage orange. It is not as hard as osage when it is dry…but just as decay resistant. It is/was used for making fence posts because of it longevity. To me it is way to pretty for fence posts. Like I said when it dries and most people cannot tell it from black cherry until I tell them what it is. I am not sure how commercially available the lumber is, I’m afraid it’s another one of those many overlooked species.

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#11 posted 03-12-2009 05:52 AM

Beautiful wood! I am going to pick up some fairly large pieces of mulbery tomorrow in Chicago. I am excited for the FREE score.

-- Julian, Park Forest, IL

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