Re: [MedievalSawdust] Re:mulberry was: Digest Number 554
- didn't I read somewhere in this group that mulberry was used in the middle east to manufacture musical instruments with??Wilhelm von Winkleried----- Original Message -----From: maeryk@...Sent: Friday, October 01, 2004 3:13 PMSubject: [MedievalSawdust] Re:mulberry was: Digest Number 554Mulberry?
Its YELLOW. The ends of the log will look brown when they
dry (if they ever dry.. the stuff is basically a weed with
good PR.. and a VERY dense and wet wood when cut).
But its bright freakin yellow when you mill it. And it has
the neatest rays in the grain. It has a very tight dense
interlocking grain.. I took some dried firewood and turned
some candlesticks out of it, and even though it cracked a
bit (stress relief in the wood, methinks) it held together
I have made a couple of things from it, and aside from its
desire to check badly on you if you dont treat the ends (and
it checks DEEP too) its a fun wood to play with.
I really REALLY want to turn a bowl out of it.. but I'm
running out of waht stock I had.. now I'm stuck with maple
and cherry. hehe. "stuck".. with maple and cherry. Never
thought I would say that!
I'm just learning the fun of chucking up any ole piece of
wood and taking a gouge to it, rather than paying through
the nose for a pre-cut blank.
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>Mulberry?Huh, coulda swore the stuff I cut down at my old place in town was
green. But maybe the memory is finally going... been doing a lotta shellac
finish lately, the alcohol is probably getting to me!
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- Wilhelm von Winkleried asks:
"didn't I read somewhere in this group that mulberry was used in the middle
east to manufacture musical instruments with??"
You are correct - mulberry is a traditional luthier's wood in Central Asia
and the Near East - it is particularly favored for the bodies of the
varients of the long-necked lute. Typically, the bodies are hogged out.
I have some pictures of such intruments here:
The second picture down shows the bodies of two different construction
types - the one the left (described as _oyma_) is carved out of a solid
chunk of mulberry, and has a sweet, sweet tone. The instrument on the right
is constructed of bent staves (a more modern fashion).
Sasha - woodworker, musician