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Thread: Tamerisk-Smoketree-Mulberry?

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    Tamerisk-Smoketree-Mulberry?

    I saw someone offering wood for free from clearing on their land and stated the wood is .......Tamarisk, Smoketrees, Mulberry......I have never turned any of these woods but i wrote to them to see if it was green or what size etc the wood is..............anybody know if these are any good for turning as far as color etc goes?

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    Can't speak to the Tamarisk, but didn't know that was U.S. origin wood... I've seen pieces turned from Smoketree, but never had the chance my self.... I had a small mulberry tree that I cut to clear off my property... the wood has a greenish yellow tint to it and mine has had a tendency to have some cracks.. that may have been improper drying process though... I have a peppermill in mulberry that looks fine...

    Two pictures of my turnings from mulberry... the peppermill is finished in wipe on poly.... the bowl in mineral oil..
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    Mulberry can be interesting and turns nicely.
    Never heard of the other two.
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    Mulberry is beautiful wood IMHO. Lots of grain pattern and beautiful color. It cracks easily but sometimes that just improves the character. Haven't turn any of the other.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Fusco View Post
    Mulberry can be interesting and turns nicely.
    Never heard of the other two.
    Never heard of them either
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    I did a pen from a Mulberry branch (12") that sold for a lot more than it should have...great colors, yellows, green, gray and white...easy to turn too!
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    Mulberry and smoketree turn fairly nicely. Mulberry you have to pay attention to drying it because it can get cracky on you. If it is free I would jump all over whatever I could get. Oh and mulberry can make a yellow mess when turning. Don't ask me how I know. It will also brown slightly with age. Looks nice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Mosley View Post
    I saw someone offering wood for free from clearing on their land and stated the wood is...
    I've highlighted the two key words in your post.

    That should answer your question.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vaughn McMillan View Post
    I've highlighted the two key words in your post.

    That should answer your question.
    Ditto what Vaughn said. FREE and WOOD means go get it.
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    yep and thanks - im waiting on a response to the email I sent to them. Just like to know how these woods are because I think I am getting more picky about what I spend my time turning now adays............either way free is free and ill take it............and if anything else it will add to my firewood pile............thanks Dan
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