First Turning Object - Mulberry

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Project by Thuzmund posted 12-11-2013 03:59 AM 1137 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Maybe 6 months ago, I got an old Sears off-brand lathe (“Companion” – Just like this: My parents had cut down a pesky mulberry tree and had dried the branches for firewood for a couple years, so I “borrowed” a few. Thanks, Mom and Dad! :)

Boy does that Mulberry turn well! The grain is very tight and it’s quite strong but silky and it lets you peel the wood right off. The wood starts off quite white but then yellows over time, eventually settling around french vanilla ice cream. If you get a clean cut on the table saw—both crosscuts and rip cuts—I swear it’s as smooth as glass, just on its own. The grain seems to be so tight that there are no pores to be seen. And I always thought Mulberry trees were just over-sized weeds! (Though I do like their berries.)

Someone told me once that fruit woods are special because they do so much work to make fruit—something like that. I can’t recall his reasoning, or even his conclusion, but he said they are different from “regular” woods. Maybe it’s just sentimental thinking on his part. But I DO think it’s cool that there is this hidden gem hidden right beneath our noses.

What is it? A power baton! Who knows.

-- Here to learn

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#1 posted 12-11-2013 04:38 AM

Not bad for a first turning. Good work. You should see my first one. It started out as a 6’’ bowl and ended up the size of a coaster. Hope yours didn’t start out 2 ft long and 6’’ in dia. Ha ha. Welcome to LJ’s and keep turning.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#2 posted 12-11-2013 04:56 AM

Haha, that’s very funny because it’s spot on. Efficiency is not yet my forte! “Just chop it up till you find its inner nub.”

-- Here to learn

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#3 posted 12-11-2013 05:43 AM

Thats a light saber for sure.. Have fun!

-- Witty signature line still pending

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#4 posted 12-11-2013 12:55 PM

Hah! I just got my lathe a couple weeks ago and have a few prized turnings that looks very similar. I jokingly told my wife I made her something and gave her one. “ummmm, what is this?” “well, its a stick obviously.” “Oh, ok….thanks?”

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#5 posted 04-10-2017 11:31 AM

That’s a nice turning and I bet that you learned a lot by turning that.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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