Help Identifying Species of Wood #2: And we have a Winner!

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Blog entry by KnotCurser posted 08-05-2011 12:11 AM 9149 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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And a very positive I.D. as well!

Daren Nelson, from Central Illinois…................................. Come on Down! You are the winner of the “Name That Wood Species” Contest.

And the crowd goes wild!

Daren was the VERY first person in with a guess:

“The smell throws me off…Looking at it I would say almost 100% positive mulberry…but is has a sweet smell (to me anyway)”

I went back today with my trailer in tow and grabbed six more decent sections (there are plenty more there, BTW) and located the stump. Growing out from it was a bunch of new shoots so I snapped one off and took with with me.

It is absolutely, positively MULBERRY! This is one of the largest mulberry trees I have ever seen as the stump must be four feet in diameter!

Take a look at these pics:

Pics from a Botany Website of the “Red Mulberry Tree”

Here’s what the leaves from THIS tree looks like:

Thanks everyone for helping me I.D. this tree! Now I know how to label my future boxes, scrollwork, etc….. :-)


-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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#1 posted 08-05-2011 12:30 AM

I have a mulberry tree but it is only about a foot in diameter..Many years ago as a child I climbed a mulberry tree that must have been 30 feet tall and the drip line was over 40 feet.. big ole tree. Gone now tho… made way for housing…
Glad you got a great score… and I hear tell that mulberry turns beautifully…

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#2 posted 08-05-2011 01:40 AM

I was pretty sure (except for the smell thing ?) I sawmill a lot of osage and mulberry (they are very close cousins) and while it could have been either one from the picture of the wood, the bark looked more like mulberry to me…Enjoy, mulberry is a pleasure to work with. On a sidenote mulberry is also one of my favorite BBQ- smoking woods, second only to cherry, I save every bit of mill scrap just for that. Nice score and glad you were able to ID it.

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#3 posted 08-05-2011 02:05 AM

Oh cool! I have a smoker as well and use mainly pear/apple and, believe it or not, grave vines for smoking

I will be certain to keep all the scrap pieces!

Thanks again Daren!


-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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