Mesquite Block M1192
1.9" x 1.9" x 22"
This is a beautiful long spindle of Texas Honey Mesquite. It is entirely heartwood. The grain is gently swirling at the top of the block, nearest the annotation. Where straight, the grain is mostly parallel to the long axis of the block. There are a few scattered burl bud clusters.
The top of the block near the annotation has an elongate bark inclusion that appears to be associated with a crotch, where one branch split off from another. This will be a beautiful feature to highlight in a turning. You will need to stabilize it with thin CA glue prior to turning.
This block has been air dried to 10-12% moisture content. I see no cracks or checks. There is one small bug borehole visible on a face. You could turn it off or choose to fill with CA glue.
This piece is an ideal size for a French rolling pin / pastry roller. Or for a set of smaller turning blanks, such as for bottle stoppers, tool handles, game calls, etc.
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.