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Project by KnotCurser posted 08-16-2011 02:36 AM 1521 views 3 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A couple of weeks ago, I located some “Mystery Wood” after our State sent some crews out to clean up the overgrown and older brush and trees along our roads – they dropped a HUGE tree with some incredibly bright yellow wood. I waited a few weeks for the poison ivy to die from around it and took as much of it as I could.

I posted a blog to help identify the species and came up with the answer after I found some leaves – It’s Mulberry!

After two weeks drying, the half-inch pieces were dried enough to see what I could do with this stuff – the results you see here.

This stuff is AWESOME! The color is fantastic, it’s iridescent when oiled, and it cuts almost as easy as plywood – very nice grain pattern!

I did this cutting as a “Thank You” for a person that went out of her way to save me some very nice chunks of Cherry wood that I will be getting my hands on in the next couple of weeks.

The piece measures 9×5 inches and is a 1/4 of an inch thick.

I LOVE this stuff – my wife says it looks like a sunset and I agree. It shines.

The pattern I found a long time ago in a scollworkers forum on the internet and decided to save until a better time.

Finish is, as always, a soak in lemon oil and backed with thick felt.

This will most certainly NOT be the last you will see of this wood. :-)



-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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#1 posted 08-16-2011 02:55 AM

Nicely done Bob…that mulberry is not something you come across every day. Love the yellow color and am looking forward to seeing much more of this on future projects!

-- Aim high. Ride easy. Trust God. Neale Donald Walsch

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#2 posted 08-16-2011 05:18 AM

Very nice work! I am now eyeing the mulberry in my neighbor’s back yard; right now it serves no purpose but to feed the birds, which then decorate all the houses & cars in the neighborhood.

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#3 posted 08-16-2011 05:32 AM

This is my favorite piece yet!

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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#4 posted 08-16-2011 11:31 AM

Well done.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#5 posted 08-16-2011 01:38 PM

That turned out nicely.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#6 posted 08-16-2011 02:45 PM

some very nice scrollin there. I like the back piece. It really makes that scroll work pop. The natural edge gives it some nice character also.. very nice

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#7 posted 08-16-2011 04:02 PM

Nice one, Bob. Interesting wood that Mulberry as well.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#8 posted 08-16-2011 04:41 PM

Nice work, Bob.. very well done and I’m sure your friend will love it. You did a great job!


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#9 posted 08-17-2011 01:31 PM

Quite a beautiful piece of wood, Bob! It is really going to be a hit. I have never used this wood either, but I would certainly consider doing so after reading about it here. It looks great!


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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