Mesquite Block M1184 3.7" x 3.7" x 6.8"

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Mesquite Block M1184
3.7" x 3.7" x 6.8"
2.6 lbs.

This is a beautiful all-heartwood block of Texas-grown Mesquite.  The grain is striking -- flip through the photos to see all sides.  Yes, there are cracks -- that's pretty typical of large pieces of Mesquite.  This block will require epoxy work in order to fill and reinforce the cracks.  About one-third of the block is burly with very pretty, wavy grain.

This is a GREEN to partially air-dried blank, meaning that it still retains some 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 heat-treated to kill off any hungry critters that may have been burrowing inside.   It was measured at 20% MC in August 2022. If you need a current moisture content, please message us and we'll check its status for you.

There are cracks aplenty in this block.  We recommend it for an experienced turner who will fill the cracks with CA glue or epoxy.  It has potential to produce an exceptional turning. 

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.