Mesquite Bowl Blank M1176
4" x 4.5" x 6"
This is a beautiful, PETITE! half-log bowl blank of Texas Honey Mesquite. Perfect for a shallow bowl. 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 with the branch coming off the backside.
This half-log bowl blank should be suitable for a bowl 6" in diameter and 3-4" 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 not have any pith in it. There are some pretty grain features that you may be able to highlight in the turning -- a tiny encased juvenile branch and some burl buds.
This is a GREEN to partially air-dried bowl 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 July 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 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.