Wood Scavenging #2: Mulberry & Osage Orange @ the Mill

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Blog entry by Eric M. Saperstein posted 01-10-2012 04:09 AM 3443 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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As we progress w/ our wood scavenging the mill is doing their job and things are being sliced and stacked! There appears to be 22 slabs of mulberry (we get half) ... there’s a pile of misc chunks under this too that will be interesting. One mainly we want for a table base. Hoping to have this in hand in a couple months, its hitting the kiln next in line.

Waiting to see what kinda figuring (if any) we scored in this lot.

So far looks like 34 labs of osage orange – plus the caps and we have I believe 8 more logs to be milled. Hard to guess what we’ll finalize with but hoping for about 70 slices to split with the mill. They are slicing to a full 7/4” so when we’re done cleanup we have full 6/4” to make too handles and other interesting projects. We also have the branches to turn for mallets and other larger diameter projects.

It’ll be a while before we have osage in hand once it’s all sliced – this is all destined for the kiln and it’s a few out in line. This wood game is NOT for the instant gratification crowd! When I get wood I wanna use it right away …

-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman

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#1 posted 01-10-2012 04:20 AM

what fun to get it , split it with the mill , your happy , there happy…ive had the same chance, except i have been to greedy and wanted all the wood myself, so i had to pay for it…but, i think its a great thing to do…would love some osage orange…grizz

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#2 posted 01-10-2012 04:56 AM

Would make a nice clock! Let’s talk wood trade!

-- Max the "night janitor" at

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#3 posted 01-10-2012 05:17 AM

Ha , I would love a piece of the osage orange . sigh …

-- Anybody can break something it takes skill to make or repair stuff .

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#4 posted 01-10-2012 05:25 AM

I do want it all … but alas I keep giving them all my money for other wood! ... I just bought a purple-ish colored S curved walnut bench flitch today. IDK why … other than the fact that it was neat.

-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman

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#5 posted 01-10-2012 05:31 AM

Hey we can definitely arrange wood trades! If all keeps cutting well we will have about 35-40 of these osage flitches. I’ve got leads on a few other tree’s hopefully we can snag some of those and have it milled before this batch goes in the kiln.

I hope they have an auction again – I still have a rack of wood from this lumber yard’s auction 10 years ago!

I should go through my father’s shed and inventory that, plus our shop attack. I know I have two walnut planks only 4/4” but about 20” wide up in the attack I forget how long I think 8-10ft each.

We’ve got a bunch of antique mahogany, misc beams around. I’ve passed up a lot of stuff over the years from lack of storage. If I had a bandsaw mill I’d be dangerous!

-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman

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#6 posted 01-10-2012 06:51 AM

All of that nice wood available and I can’t get my wife to move from the west coast. She just doesn’t get it!! But she does ‘let’ me buy wood quite often. I just got some Spalted Maple from Iowa and am working on some Quartersawn Sycamore from Indiana. Shipping costs as much or more than the wood, but YOU understand the appeal of WOOD. I grew up in Illinois and used to see the hedge trees ripped out and BURNED. Woodlands were converted to farmland and the wood was burned. I am glad to see you salvaging this stuff. thanks for the pictures.

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and now time to work!!!

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#7 posted 01-10-2012 07:21 AM

Yeah so much stuff goes in the chipper it’s sick – even what makes it to the mill the market is so limited. It has to be special to be milled – all this is destined for mulch! And that’s just a FRACTION of the pile … I’m gonna dig through it when I get a moment and see if there’s anything I could possibly want. But its already been picked through.

-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman

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