Mesquite Bowl Blank M-1157
3.2" x 5.8" x 7"
This is a complex and gnarly block of Texas Mesquite that will turn a gorgeous bowl. The colors are the deep reddish brown of Mesquite heartwood and dark brown bark. The bark may be present as inclusions within the block. The block is rough-sawn. We are providing photographs of all faces -- please scroll through to see all, as only 3 display by default.
There are a number of pith-associated, age-darkened cracks through this block. They are discontinuous, and the block is sound. They are partially opened and are candidates for filling with epoxy, if desired. Note - the pith-related, radial cracks in Mesquite are not drying features but are formed by severe dynamic stress on the tree during growth (think Texas hurricanes, tornados, or lightning strikes). They are unlikely to grow any larger once the lumber has been harvested and dried.
This block has been air-dried to 10-12% moisture content. It has a lot of character that we've attempted to show in the photos. There may be additional surprises on the inside, such as bark inclusions. We recommend epoxy-fill of open cracks prior to turning, plus keeping CA glue handy while turning Mesquite. Mesquite is a joy and a challenge to turn.