Mesquite Bowl Blank M-1078
3.5" x 7.5" x 8"
This is a very nice half-log bowl blank of Texas Honey Mesquite. The overall color is also the deep reddish brown of mesquite heartwood surrounded by a thin band of yellow sapwood, with a complete and well-attached dark brown bark on the backside.
This half-log bowl blank should be suitable for a bowl 7" in diameter and ~3" deep. And with the bark on the backside, you would also have the option of turning either a conventional bowl or a "barky" natural-edge bowl. However, if you want a full bark edge on the "natural" rim, you will need to secure the bark with CA glue before, and possibly during turning.
The pith has been cut completely out of this blank and the only cracks that are visible are several thin pith-related cracks on the annotated face and a few short and very tight tail-ends of radial pith cracks on the end-grain faces. These are minor and I would simply reinforce them with thin CA glue.
This is a GREEN to partially air-dried bowl 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; this process can take years if leave it in log form. It was measured at 35 to 40% MC in March, 2022. If you need a current moisture content, please message us and we'll check it's status for you.
This is a nice, solid bowl blank. I do not see any flaws or areas of concern.
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 Valentines Day Freeze that Texas suffered in Feburary 2021, which is when our state lost a lot of beautiful trees in an unusally 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.