Mulberry Wood Bowl

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Project by RoodyJ posted 06-25-2012 10:59 PM 1682 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just getting into bowl turning and I came across a piece of (firewood) mulberry that looked interesting. It had a cutoff where a branch grew out. The bark inclusions are what remain of my “natural edge” bowl efforts. I am amazed at the figure displayed in this piece of wood. There are even spots that resemble a curly maple, but in yellow. The coloring and grain distribution make me pretty pleased with the end result; and I can even say that I now can both pronounce and display “chatoyance” in a piece I crafted. The finish I used is a mixture of BLO. shellac sealer and denatured alcohol. Sanded to 600 grit. Coloring is natural mulberry wood. The final bowl ended up being about 7 1/2 inches by 2 1/2 inches.

-- Jim, Maryland

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#1 posted 06-25-2012 11:42 PM

love it! mulberry is a great wood to work with. I wish it wasn’t considered a weed..

-- Lis - Michigan - -

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#2 posted 06-26-2012 03:25 AM

This is a cool bowl. I especially like how the raw edge is turned away in some spots but left in others. Great job!

-- Dick

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#3 posted 06-26-2012 12:38 PM

Beautiful job.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#4 posted 06-26-2012 02:01 PM

Thanks for the comments. Yes, @tyskk, lots of folks consider this a weed. It grows fast, but it is a hard wood, has nice color, has edible fruit (used to pick it when I was a kid), and is a relative of osage orange. As for firewood, it has a BTU value close to oak. But who would burn good turning wood? Awwwwwwwwwwwwww….

-- Jim, Maryland

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