Get asked all the time if this log or that one is worth milling. They’ve been sitting for ‘a while’. It’s not a ‘great tree’. What can it be used for? Actually, someone at church asked this week if Chinese elm was a good wood. (He didn’t say what he wanted to do with it, but sure – wood is good).
All wood has beauty. All wood has its place. Not every log will make or grade out structural 2x4s or 2x6s. It’s kinda like ordering a steak. Ordering a steak at a fast food restaurant and expecting 5-star restaurant taste is similar to cutting into elm, cedar or ash and expecting fine figure maple or deep walnut. IT’s not going to happen.
Recently we cut up a mulberry log that will show what I’m talking about. The brother of the client lives in Colorado and will use the wood to make ukelles for a music project in California for students who otherwise would not have instruments. This project and those involved know all the benefits of students learning to play an intrument – it helps the students do better in other subjects and improves neural processing, Playing music can litterally change your brain in good ways. A study by Northwestern University in 2014 was reported by Time Magazine.
There’s plenty of wood in this 5 foot log with an average diamater of 17″. Not for big projects, but it will contribute to many ukelleles. Mulberry is a beautiful yellow wood with straight grain and medium texture. Most woodworking websites state it’s easy to work the wood with tools, can split with nails, but take screws and glue well.
Take a look inside the log…..
Have a log that’s been sitting? Have a tree coming down soon? Let’s chat about the possibilities. You might not need a ukellele, but wood is versatile.
Tree coming down? Let’s craft a dream.