About the Wood

Texas Woodcrafts is a small, part-time wood working shop and sawmill. We harvest and saw most of our own timber, but do have limited amounts of surplus wood for sale. The wood available is primarily turning stock but in some cases we have slabs, 4/4 lumber and miscellaneous dimensioned pieces.

Most of our wood is from southeast Texas and includes Honey Mesquite, Pecan, Texas Bodark (Osage Orange), Texas Huisache (Sweet Acacia), Hackberry and Oak (primarily Live and Water Oak). Occasionally we have other wood, including Black Cherry, Sycamore and Eastern Red Cedar and very occasionally, unusual species such as Redbud and Crepe Myrtle. The character and quality of some of these woods can be seen in turned pieces shown on our other website Prairie's End Woodshop.

All of the turning wood is green to partially air-dried. The ends are sealed to resist checking. The sizes of turning blocks and slabs range from small blocks to large bowl and crotch pieces. Many of the bowl blocks are sold with bark on for the turning of natural-edge bowls, if desired. The Mesquite is typically "gnarly and twisted" with numerous checks, bark inclusions and beetle holes. In the write-up of each of the listed turning pieces, we have tried to include a description of all of these visible flaws and "character features".

The lumber that we have available is generally Mesquite, Oak and Pecan. Most of it is green to partially air-dried (We operate a small kiln for our own wood supply, and have very little kiln-dried wood available for sale). The lumber is typically 4/4 thickness, 4" to 6" wide and 2 to 8 feet long and all of it is rough cut (with no S2S surface planing) and no grading by any lumber standard. We also have slabs suitable for table tops or bar counters, including Oak, Pecan and highly figured Mesquite Root Burl. Since the growth pattern of Mesquite results in numerous radial and ring checks, pieces of mesquite lumber which might be called "clear" (free of cracks or other blemishes) are generally less than 3 feet in length. Live Oak is also a highly tensioned wood - pieces which might be considered high grade are rare. Some Oak and Pecan lumber is available in lengths to 14 feet.

We sell all of the turning blocks and slabs by the piece and based on weight, with prices starting as low as $2.00/lb. Lumber is sold by the board foot with prices starting at $5.00/bf. You may stop by and select your wood in person or, in the case of the listed turning wood, you can identify lot numbers from the descriptions and photos included within this website and contact us by either telephone or email (see our contacts page) to discuss and place your order. If you like, we will select to your specifications and, in some (high $$) situations, provide additional photos of specific, selected pieces for your approval.

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