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Project by Mark Wilson posted 07-06-2015 09:26 PM 552 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I got a mess of Mulberry when my neighbor two doors down had his tree removed a few months ago. So I added that to my woodpile. A bunch of slabs, mostly, that want, eventually to be tables or clocks or some such. But also some branches for turning. Turns out it’s one of those stunning species that I just can’t wait to get my steel into. I put a seemingly insignificant chunk on the lathe to see what would happen. This is what happened. It’s the very first, and so far, only Mulberry I’ve turned. My MUCH-OLDER Thithter from Montana was here when I was working on it. She liked it a lot. It’s hers now. Note to fellow-turners: I’m willing to part, for a price, with some of this gorgeous timber. The slabs, particularly, intimidate me at this point. And, if one of you many who are much more capable than I to do it justice are interested in obtaining some of it, contact me either here or through my website. I’m serious. I shudder to think of any of this marvelous wood being wasted because of my reticence to get into it for fear that I’ll just wreck it. I slathered wax on the cut surfaces the day after I got it home, and it seems to be holding up fairly well. There are some cracks that opened up just in the 24 hours or so before I waxed it – nothing that anyone with a talent for making butterflies can’t work around. There is some beetle damage in a few of the short logs. Oh. Two slabs are bookmatched.

-- Mark





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#1 posted 07-07-2015 02:17 AM

Great idea Mark. I must try one, thanks.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#2 posted 07-07-2015 07:23 PM

It’s all about the wood, Gman.

Ships are safe in harbor. But that’s not what ships are for.

-- Mark

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#3 posted 07-10-2015 06:35 AM

Mark, I don’t know how I missed this one. That is a gorgeous piece of wood and you did it justice.
Great job.

-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#4 posted 07-10-2015 07:34 AM

Bob, you didn’t “miss it”. I’ve only been here a couple weeks. Thank you very much. (This World-Wide Internet Superhighway web is SUCH a wonderful thing, innit? I sit her confabbing with a guy on the other side of the planet, living in a different season than I. God! The wonderfulness of it all. I wish I had discovered LJs five years ago. I now fully expect leaping and bounding progress in my work, thanks to this amazing thing. I’m getting SO MANY new wrinkles in my brain from SO MANY of these fellow-woodsmiths.) This makes me happy. You, Bob, make me happy.
Funny story: First time I walked into a Rockler store (Orange, CA) about 5-6 years ago, I looked around and thought, what a bunch of sad-looking, middle-aged, friendless men. Now, it’s like this: Wow, a bunch of men and women of all ages, sharing a passionate pursuit, tilting at the same windmills, and becoming friends as quickly as you please. Now, I am a middle-aged sadsack. But I can say with certainty that people care about what I do. So, friendless I’m not. Thank you. Thank you all. That’s all I have to say about that.
My Avatar is a photo of my precious pooch, the eighteen-year-old Sadie Mutthilda. That’s her that’s amazing face. She’s as overwhelmed by it all as I am. (She may have been watching a Dodger game at that moment.)

Ships are safe in harbor. But that’s not what ships are for.

-- Mark

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#5 posted 07-10-2015 09:12 AM

Wow, a marvelous candle holder. It looks like a piece of cheese cake covered with chocolate chips.
don’t be intimidated from using this kind of wood, do some other nice projects with it.

-- Eli Adamit, Israel

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Mark Wilson

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#6 posted 07-11-2015 06:40 AM

WOW. A Buddy is Israel now. I have a Buddy in Israel. My sister and her husband spend time there a couple times a year at the Garden Tomb. As for that wood: I’m all out of it. And broke. Thanks for compliment Hale fella. well met. Thank you.

Ships are safe in harbor. But that’s not what ships are for.

-- Mark

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#7 posted 07-11-2015 06:42 AM

I;m sorry. I haven’t run out of that wood. Not by a longshot. I thought you were referring to another candleholder. Nevermind. (Don’t nevermind the Thank You. That’s sincere.

-- Mark

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