|Mesquite Block M-956
2"x 2"x 8-3/8"
This is another very nice end-grain block of burly Texas Honey Mesquite. It is almost entirely the reddish-brown or Mesquite heartwood (just a "speck" of yellow sapwood on one corner). The grain pattern is very nice with variations ranging from gently linear to tightly undulating in and around several clusters of burl-buds.
This block was cut well away from the pith, but it does include the very tail-end of a pith-related radial crack (bottom photo). This crack is approximately one inch deep at the end-grain face (top of the photo) and appears to taper to extinction about 1-1/2" to 2" down from that end. It is tight, and I do not consider it to be significant. I would simply reinforce it with thin CA glue before turning. There are also two small pockets of imbedded bark on one side of the block (left side, top photo), that are apparently associated with a large burly feature on an adjacent side (annotated face, top photo). These are very tight and sound, and should not pose any problems. I see no other significant flaws.