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spanky46

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03-10-2009 11:04 PM

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My brother had a large Mulberry tree that broke about 2 years ago. We cut it up into fireplace size chunks and stacked it next to property line. It was wet but a dark brown on the ends. I told my brother when it dried some I would resaw some into slabs and let it dry some more. Its been a few months and now the wood is a bright yellow with interesting grain pattern. Have any of you jocks worked with Mulberry? What is your experience?
Thanks, Spanky46

-- spanky46 -- Never enough clamps...Never enough tools...Never enough time.


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Kindlingmaker

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#1 posted 03-10-2009 11:35 PM

I have found that the small pieces of Mulberry that have used are straight grained and a pleasure to work with but nothing the size you speak of. It grows very fast so the growth rings are rather wide.

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#2 posted 06-13-2011 12:49 AM

I had a White Mulberry go down about 5+ years ago, and just left it sit out in the weather. I have recently turned a number of pieces, pens and bowls. The wood is a bright yellow and as it ages it gets dark brown streaks through it. The contrast is beautiful. When I get a chance I’ll post some pics. It turns well. I cut a couple of pieces into slabs and they tend to split along the darkened areas. A little thin CA glue and some clamps help stabalize the problem pieces. Haven’t done anything with the slabs, but I’d think they would be beautiful in an application where there isn’t much stress/load.

-- Andrew, Orange County, CA - www.TransitionTurning.com

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Transition

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#3 posted 06-17-2011 06:36 PM

White Mullberry Project: http://lumberjocks.com/projects/49959

-- Andrew, Orange County, CA - www.TransitionTurning.com

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#4 posted 06-17-2011 07:26 PM

I have made many things from mulberry, turned and flat work, big and small, interior and exterior…of course I sold or gave them all away without pictures (all but one little thing). I really like working with the wood. It is the softer cousin of osage orange, but still just as rot resistant.
Here is that one little thing I still have. A Mancala game.

Here is some 21’’ wide mulberry on my sawmill…

-- http://nelsonwoodworks.biz/

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#5 posted 06-17-2011 07:31 PM

And I just burn the stuff…..........doh!

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Transition

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#6 posted 07-21-2011 05:37 AM

Another white mulberry turn –
http://lumberjocks.com/projects/51310

-- Andrew, Orange County, CA - www.TransitionTurning.com

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