Mesquite Block M-1016
3.2" x 5.8" x 21.3"
This is a large, sound slab of Texas Mesquite. The colors are the deep reddish brown of mesquite heartwood, bright yellow sapwood, and dark brown bark. The bark forms an indentation in the surface of the block, giving it a natural edge on the back face. This slab blank was cut from the outer portion of a burly log and contains numerous clusters of burl buds within a beautifully complex grain pattern. The block is rough-sawn. Given its large size, we are providing additional photographs -- please scroll through to see all, as only 3 display by default.
There are a number of pith-associated, age-darkened cracks throug 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 dynamic drying features, but are formed by severe stress on the tree during growth (think Texas hurricanes and tornados). They are unlikely to grow any larger.