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Forum topic by Rodney posted 10-28-2014 10:32 AM 1278 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-28-2014 10:32 AM

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Hey there everyone,

Can someone please help me identify this piece of wood? I was told it was from a citrus tree but I am not so sure. I turned another piece of wood and when I finished it, the wood is extremely yellow. It is actually a beautiful piece of wood. I would just like to know what it actually is. Any and all help is greatly appreciated.

Thank you,


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#1 posted 10-28-2014 11:28 AM

From your description of “extremely yellow,” thought might be Osage orange or Mulberry looking at the first picture, but after looking at second picture not so sure.

-- Bill

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#2 posted 10-28-2014 11:43 AM

is it very dense? because it looks like spruce in the picture.

-- Junior -Quality is never an accident-it is the reward for the effort involved.

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#3 posted 10-28-2014 01:43 PM


I thought of Osage Orange myself, but then I am not sure if it is native to AZ? However, you may be correct now that I take a closer look Junior. I might very well be spruce. I appreciate the replies.

If anyone else out there has any idea, please feel free to toss me your thoughts as well.

Thanks again everyone,


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#4 posted 10-28-2014 03:27 PM

Citrus!!!! At least that’s what I think since you mentioned it. How did it cut while turning? I turned some awhile back, and all the cutting was smooth, no matter what tool I used. The color is yellow, but nothing like Osage or Mulberry already mentioned.
The twisted trunk and the ripples? also looks like what Citrus trees do while growing. .............. jerry (in Tucson)

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#5 posted 10-28-2014 06:32 PM

Mulberry is really yellow, hard and heavy with big grain because they are fast growing. Those look tan on my screen, with tight grain. I have no idea what it is from those pictures.

-- Rick M,

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#6 posted 10-28-2014 06:54 PM


I believe you are right. I believe this may just be a piece of citrus like you say. The wood cut real nice and smooth. The only trouble areas I had was around the cracks. But other than that, this piece of wood was very enjoyable to turn. Even hollowing out the bowl was fairly easy. I started with a 2 1/8” forstner bit to drill out the center and the shavings all came out in long ribbons. The wood is not extremely hard or dense. It is a little on the spongy side for lack of better terms. So that is why I do not think it is Mulberry.

Is there any way of telling what type of citrus wood this may be Jerry?

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#7 posted 10-29-2014 01:16 AM

I don’t know. I found some wood at the dump once, pretty big, clean, solid and all the branches were loaded with grapefruit. That’s how I know it was citrus.
I do know where there are 3 wild Osage Orange trees south of Safford. They should be pretty big about now. Last time I saw them they were producing fruit, and had trunks about 8-10” od, about 10 years ago. I can only find them in the winter as all the other trees around them have already shed, and the fruit is hanging like Christmas lights….......... Jerry (in Tucson)

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