Mesquite Bowl Blank M-1086
3.5" x 9" x 10.5"
This is a beautiful half-log bowl blank of Texas Honey Mesquite. The overall color is 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 is a crotch blank, and it captures the branching of a small branch off of the main trunk.
This half-log bowl blank should be suitable for a bowl 8" to 9" in diameter and about 3" deep. With the bark on the backside, you have the option of turning 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.
This is a classic half-log blank, split through the center of the log. It does include a bit of the pith and some pith-related cracking, as you can see in the photos. I would secure these with CA glue prior to turning. There is also a bit of spalting which should be very pretty in the finished bowl. The spalting is visible on the branch as grain-parallel darkened zones. The wood is entirely solid and not at all punky. There is some beautiful flame figure developing in the expansion area of the crotch -- it should be very attractive!
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. 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.
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.