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04-06-2010 03:15 PM

What can anyone tell me about the Characteristics of Mulberry. I.E. Is it good turning, furniture, or just heating a home. Indoors or out. Anything. Thanks. Plang

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#1 posted 04-06-2010 04:21 PM

Good for smoking meat!

-- Rowdy in Kechi, Kansas

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#2 posted 04-06-2010 04:27 PM

Red mulberry is a cousin of osage orange (hedge) it is very decay resistant, but much softer/lighter than osage. It machines and glues well, so yes it would be good for furniture or turning. It can be used inside or out. It starts out yellowish and turns dark orange/reddish-similar to aged cherry indoors, more grey untreated outdoors. I like it, it smells good working with it, and like Rowdy said it is a great BBQ wood so save your scraps.

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#3 posted 04-06-2010 04:57 PM

I have some that I haven’t gotten around to working with yet. I can tell you that it’s so yellow that boiled linseed oil doesn’t change the color enough to matter. The boards I’ve got are pretty grainy, and look more like oak or ash in grain pattern than cherry.

-- "We are what we repeatedly do; excellence then is not an act but a habit." ---Aristotle

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#4 posted 04-06-2010 05:11 PM

I have turned a piece of mulberry. It was not much fun. Our church had a mulberry tree that we cut down. I took some of it home. I turned a piece after it had dried about 6 months and made a bowl that is now on display at the church. The bowl looks nice. The contrast between the heart wood and sap wood is distinctive. However, I found this to be a very hard piece to turn.

I’ve got some more that has been laying on the ground for about 11 months. I’m hoping it is developing some nice spaulting. If so, I may try it again.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#5 posted 04-06-2010 07:12 PM

In Kentucky we use mulberry for carving.
I make hand-carved spoons from it.

-- 温故知新

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#6 posted 04-06-2010 08:01 PM

I have a mulberry tree carving of three bears. I like the color of the wood.
Mostly I like the representation.
Three bears, one for each of my children. The mulberry tree I climbed and fed from when I was young. My children and their cousins also grew up in that tree doing the same.
When we were forced to move the tree trunk came with me. It still sits in our living room and didn’t split as badly as others carvings have.

Wouldn’t waste it in a stove.

-- Safety first because someone needs you.

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