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I was given a few mulberry branches and several nice billets of walnut by a coworker who was removing them from their property. I had never worked with mulberry before, but I knew fruit woods were great for spoons, so I was excited to see what it was like.

The mulberry has a very interesting color, as you can see. Bright yellow, which I believe will fade to a more orange-tan color over time, based on the color of the stump of another tree that had fallen a year before. I'm not sure I'd pick up any more of it for spoons though - it has a fairly coarse, open grain, more similar to oak than to the cherry-like grain I was expecting.

I really liked how the grain looked in the spatula/spoon thinger. I think it was my favorite of the lot. Might try to imitate it in walnut next.

All 4 of these went to my coworker in exchange for the wood. I'm hoping to make a chair from the walnut billets she gave me. Pretty excited about it.

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Berry nice spoons. Of course I will like the walnut one the best. alnut and cedar are my top 2 favorite woods for appearances with oak and the rest close behind though.
 

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I couldn't resist making at least one spoon from the walnut. However, walnut gets fuzzy after it is used for a while, even after I wet it and sand it 4 to 5 times. Also walnut has a certain smell to it that's not so pleasant in a cooking spoon. The mulberry, along with maple, cherry, and other fruit woods, doesn't seem to have a smell.
 

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Great job! Walnut and Mulberry are two of my favorites. Yes the mulberry will change color over time - not exactly fade but mellow to a darker shade. Did you use any type of finish on these?

Thanks for posting.
 

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Nice set of spoons. How's the spatula / spoon thinger in the kitchen? I'm trying to imagine what ok would use it for.
 

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I finished them by sanding to 500 grit, burnishing to a shine with shavings from my hand planes, then a coat of a beeswax/mineral oil blend. As for the spatula thinger - I like the looks of it, and imagined I'd use it for stirring things in a frying pan. Good for getting things out of the corners. Being right handed, though, I think I'll make the slant go the other direction on the next one. Haven't actually used it for cooking, since I made them to give to a coworker.
 
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