This is a very nice, large, rough-cut Texas Pecan bowl blank. It is has a soft pinkish-tinted light brown heartwood and a thick section of light brown sapwood on the outside. The sapwood-heartwood boundary is distinct. This blank was chainsaw-cut with a rough face. It is sound and very pretty beneath that rough-cut surface. It has a complete and well-attached dark brown bark on the backside. There is an interesting branch bud and potential burl on the back side of the bowl blank. There are likely some very pretty grain patterns in that, and you may want to design your turning to take advantage of it.
This half-log bowl blank should be suitable for a bowl 8" in diameter and 4" deep using the main part of the trunk, although if you can make use of the branch bud, it could potentially have a total depth of about 8". It might be suitable for some sort of a vase form, with the branch bud as the base of the vase. Or alternately, with the bark on the backside, you have the option of turning a barky natural-edge bowl. If you want a full bark edge on the natural rim, you will need to secure the bark with CA glue before and possibly during turning.
This is a GREEN to partially air-dried bowl blank, meaning that it still retains a lot of its original moisture from when it was a living tree. It has been well-sealed with Anchor Seal and is in the process of slowly drying; this process can take years if leave it in log form. It was measured at 25 to 30% MC in March 2022. If you need a current moisture content, please message us and we'll check its status for you. The blank has been heat-treated to ensure that there are no gnawing critters inside.
This is a classic half-log blank, split through the center of the log. A sliver of pith lies at the cut face and has a few small drying checks associated with it. I recommend reinforcing and filling the cracks with CA glue prior to turning.
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About the Tree
This Texas-grown Pecan tree was harvested in Fresno Texas in December, 2021. It was in a residential neighborhood where it had been planted near a home that was built in the 1930s. Over the years, the small Pecan tree grew large, and it threatened the house. The homowners reluctantly called their tree company to cut down the tree and stack the wood for us to recover. We're always happy to save wood from the firepit or city dump. Their trash is now yours to treasure!