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RE: [MedievalSawdust] mulberry wood?

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  • Geffrei Maudeleyne
    Silk worms on the Greek Islands during the crusades lived on mulberry trees. I don t know varietals. Geffrei _____ From: medievalsawdust@yahoogroups.com
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      Silk worms on the Greek Islands during the crusades lived on mulberry trees. I don’t know varietals.



      From: medievalsawdust@yahoogroups.com [mailto: medievalsawdust@yahoogroups.com ] On Behalf Of C N Schwartz
      Sent: Tuesday, October 03, 2006 5:41 PM
      To: medievalsawdust@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: RE: [MedievalSawdust] mulberry wood?


      Mulberry?  I assume you are in North America .  In which case it is Red Mulberry, Morus Rubra.


      Commonly used as:

      Building materials
      Foundation posts
      Interior construction
      Interior trim

      It is rather weak so don't use it as structural members.  Highly suitable for furniture.


      Red mulberry is of little commercial importance as a source for lumber because of its small size and scattered occurrence. It is rarely available from lumber dealers, but can be obtained in small quantities for small projects. The trees are especially available in northern Virginia where it is considered a pest tree and disposed of as firewood.

      It is difficult to dry, but stable when you get there.  Easy to work with handtools and fairly easy to turn, too.


      White Mulberry is what they have in Western Europe .  There doesn't seem to be a marked difference in the appearance in the lumber, though.






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      From: medievalsawdust@ yahoogroups. com [mailto: medievalsaw dust@yahoogroups .com ]On Behalf Of Barbara Shelanskey
      Sent: Tuesday, October 03, 2006 3:25 PM
      To: medievalsawdust@ yahoogroups. com
      Subject: [MedievalSawdust] mulberry wood?

      I have a question for those who may have more knowledge than I....

      Is mulberry a wood that would have been used in Medieval Europe? We recently
      had a tree come down, and before my eager husband chopped it all into firewood,
      I managed to get a few nice pieces for turning. I've turned mulberry before
      (though never green,) and it makes lovely bowls and such.

      Anyone have any insights?



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