Mesquite Block M-1091
4.8" x 5" x 12.5"
Here's a very pretty chunk (CHONK!) of Texas-grown Honey Mesquite. It's about a quarter-section of a tree log, so it captures the full ~25 years of life of the tree, including the sapwood and bark. You can make some gorgeous natural-edge turnings out of this one, if you desire. The overall color is also the deep reddish brown of Mesquite heartwood surrounded by a thin band of yellow sapwood, with a nearly complete and dark brown bark on the backside. The pith has been cut completely out of this blank.
I can see some pretty grain, with burl buds and medullary rays visible on the cut surfaces.
This is a GREEN to partially air-dried 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. It was measured at 35 to 40% MC in April, 2022. If you need a current moisture content, please message us and we'll check its status for you.
I've taken lots of photos of this piece, so that you can see the quality of grain and color. Make sure you scroll down below the first 3 photos, so that you can see the close-ups. If you see a "wet" photo, that's alcohol sprayed on it to show the depth of color once the wood is finished.
About the Tree
This Texas-grown Honey Mesquite tree was harvested in El Campo, Texas in March 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.
You can feel good about this American-grown hardwood being responsibly harvested and turned into beautiful art by YOU. The tree was in healthy growing condition, with a minimum of bug damage and a nice healthy girth to the trunk. There is some minor evidence of fire damage, perhaps from a campfire, near the base of the tree on one side. It may have been in a fairly protected area such as a city park, as the Mesquite is less twisted and gnarly than trees grown in open pastures. The grain looks generally long and straight and of excellent quality for green or dried turning.