Wood Gloat - MULBERRY

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Project by BobWemm posted 11-14-2013 05:39 AM 1555 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This poor little Mulberry tree was literally ripped out of the sand that it was growing in. During that process the trunk was torn in half. It lay on the road verge for several months before I found it, and made the appropriate rescue. The trunk is about 3ft long and 9in diameter including the bark at ground level. The top branches into 4 limbs so there should be a nice bit of crotch there. Also note that there are numerous blisters (warts?? burl) along the trunk. There is about 12 feet of roots, ranging from about 1in to 8in dia. I have no idea whether the root is any good yet, but I am about to cut it up and find out.
Perhaps some of you guys might know?????

Thanks for looking.


-- 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.

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#1 posted 11-14-2013 06:17 AM


Tape it up, put it back in the ground and then eat the fruit and feed the leaves to your silk worms!

Otherwise I don’t know any thing else useful.

However be aware of the foreign objects embedded within the wood when you start cutting it up please.

I have worked some mango and it came up OK.

I cut it with a chain saw then when I was sure it was contaminate free made three small tables.

I will see if Ican find the pictures and post them.

-- Regards Robert

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#2 posted 11-14-2013 06:43 AM

robscastle, I have used it before and have achieved spectacular results, especially with spalting/staining/. It’s just the roots that I don’t know about.


-- 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.

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Bob Collins

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#3 posted 11-14-2013 08:32 AM

Nice find and save Bob, can see some nice pieces being posted shortly. The risk factor add fun to wood turning but I’m sure you will have it covered. Agree with you that Mulberry is great to turn.

-- Bob C, Australia. I love sharing as long as it is not my tools

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#4 posted 11-14-2013 12:50 PM

Nice find Bob. I hope you find the answer to your question! I’m sure you will do something nice with it. Everything has some sort of use!

-- Tony C St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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Ronald G Campbell

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#5 posted 11-14-2013 02:20 PM

Bob roots and root burls are fun and challenging to turn. You can find almost anything in the roots. Nails, bullets wire and more will be found when turning. When the stones fly out you want to be wearing a full face shield. I have just finished 3 almost 4 root burls of Box Elder and they had a lot of wire in them. Just ate up the sharp tools. There is a lot of fun in turning these pieces. Looking forward to see what you come up with, now get to turning

-- Ron Campbell

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#6 posted 11-14-2013 08:58 PM

Great save. I love Mulberry, very easy to strip off the bark, easy to sand and finish, great color and luster in the wood, sturdy but lightweight, easy to grow and bend into the proper shape while still growing. I made two canes with it and have several more on the drying rack for next year. I have never worked with the roots and all mine has been harvested from my yard so I know there are no foreign objects embedded in the wood. Good luck and be sure to post your results.

-- Leafherder

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#7 posted 11-14-2013 10:06 PM

Nice find there Bob. Looks like some interesting turnings coming from this There is quite a bit of this around Indiana, a lot of it grows as volunteers from bird droppings around abandoned houses. I have a nice one next door, that hopefully the city will condemn . I like the yellow color, and find it interesting in segmented work.

-- Rockbuster,Ft. Wayne,In It is far better to remain silent, and appear the fool, than it is to open ones mouth, and remove all doubt.

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