Mulberry Score!

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Blog entry by kansas posted 04-03-2011 01:54 AM 2690 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I got a free mulberry log from a friend a work. It didn’t look so beautiful, several limbs and a large split on the big end. I let it sit in the yard 4 months. Today I took it to a guy in a town nearby and had it cut. The cost to cut was $85 and it looks like it may have been worth it. I got it stickered this afternoon but had to post a few pictures. It’s very yellow but what I’ve read says it will turn dark brown with sunlight exposure. It’s also claimed this is a good outdoor wood. I don’t see many projects on here made of Mulberry. Has anyone used it?

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#1 posted 04-03-2011 02:16 AM

I’ve never used any, but the figure on that board in the second photo, I’d love to try. I’m going to be anxious to see what anyone else has to say about this wood.


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#2 posted 04-16-2011 05:03 PM

I covet any specie I don’t have. In our neighborhood we have several options. 36”portable band mill manpower to move the head. My recent charges have been $40 per hour includes saw rig, sawyer and forked skid steer I supply one or two laborers- I keep slabwood to burn. Clock from first cut to last cut. Sawyer works likes a dog. 6-800 bf per day at old man speed (all weather). Another brings his mill here—no mobilization charge if you cut 2k bf. you work hard or pay. Sawyer (owner) $30/hr portal to portal- I supply lunch and beer or pay for the crew to go to lunch, breaks. No mechanical load handling, table is large and can hold cants for resaw, edging and rips. Better quality, more work and mess and a little lower cost per bf. (This guy did second and third log red oak logs—very ugly and more dog work to get it to stand.

Third, option, Old time circle mill, lots of monkey business with health of owner, finding operators, drivers, (no Greenhorns) but sawed 11cord in six days, butternut to beams and cants, everything else (odd ball species—red elm, american hop hornbeam, yellow birch, northern white cedar, wild pin cherry, basswood, spalted soft maple, willow and a few white spruce) to 4/4 and 8/4. Much cheaper, faster less work on my part. All told with 1/3 on small band mill 2/3 on circle mill—6 bundles of slab and wood mostly rough but high-graded most of the shorts and 2A, total about 8500-9000 bf. Used up one whole fall, part of winter and one full cold spring. I’ll still be air drying all the next summer, SWMBO doesn’t like woodlot backyard, but did I have fun.

Conclusion—Lots of fun, great lumber for future use, too much cash spent (remember you are the only sucker at this party with a checkbook), got to wear my He-Man and Bob the Builder underpants every day and she let me watch Ax Men and Swamp Loggers whenever I wanted. I have a lot more respect for the guys who can do one or two logs. But I am fully diagnosed and medicated under the care of health professionals. So I may just go KuKu again. Thanks for your tolerance for this ramble/gloat/confession. Oh, still snowing here 4” down – four more to go. Spring?

-- Steve, 'Sconie Great White North

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#3 posted 04-16-2011 07:22 PM

I have used it in making some of my toys realy nice looking and nice to work with I thing begger projects would look very nice.,good luck.

-- Chuck, wiswood2

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