|Project by Thuzmund||posted 12-11-2013 03:59 AM||814 views||0 times favorited||4 comments|
Maybe 6 months ago, I got an old Sears off-brand lathe (“Companion” – Just like this: http://www.brandyslist.com/item.aspx?id=2892). 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.
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