Mesquite Block M-1159x
1.7" x 1.7" x 8"
This is a pretty spindle of Texas Mesquite with long and fairly straight grain, running subparallel to the long axis of the block. The colors are the deep reddish brown of Mesquite heartwood. The block is rough-sawn -- a few sides may be surfaced smooth, but there are usually also a few sawblade marks here or there. For wood turners, they're ready to turn to round. For flatwork, you'll want to do some additional finishing.
This spindle has been air-dried to 12-15% moisture content (as measured in June 2022). We've cut multiple of this size block, so the piece you receive will not be exactly the one pictured. It will be its equivalent in quality. The photos show multiple blocks of the same size. Pricing is per spindle, so if you want more than one, use the pull-down to indicate how many you're ordering.
These spindles have occasional small cracks that you may want to treat with CA glue. For the most part, cracks like these minor ones are typical of Mesquite. They are not drying-created features but are formed by dynamic stress on the tree while it was alive and growing (think Texas hurricanes, tornados, or lightning strikes). They are unlikely to grow any larger once the lumber has been harvested and dried. They are part of Mesquite's beauty and character.
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.