Mesquite Block M1200
3.3" x 3.3" x 10.5"
This is a complex block of Texas Honey Mesquite that is full of potential. It has bark inclusions, open voids, and bug boreholes. This block carries the history of what the tree experienced while growing in a challenging environment. I recommend considering doing an epoxy pour to fill the voids prior to turning. There are also some very fine cracks on the ends that you could use thin CA glue to stabilize, although they likely are just cosmetic.
The block is almost entirely Mesquite heartwood, a deep reddish-brown. It has been air-dried to 10-12% moisture content. It was heat-treated to kill off any hungry critters that may have been burrowing inside.
I've taken lots of photos of this piece. I hope you find joy in this one; it's got uniqueness and character aplenty! This one is best suited for an experienced turner.
About the Tree
This Texas-grown Honey Mesquite tree was harvested in El Campo, Texas in July of 2022. It was cut down by the city for reasons unknown to us, and we were happy to help save the tree from a burn pile. It is possible that this tree was damaged by the Valentine's Day Freeze that Texas suffered in February 2021, which is when our state lost a lot of beautiful trees in an unusually deep and long freeze.