Mesquite Block M2018
1.9" x 1.9" x 6.7"
This is a pretty spindle of Texas Mesquite. It is all heartwood. The color is a beautiful deep reddish-brown with darker accents along the growth rings. The grain is roughly parallel to the long axis. There is wane along one face, with a concave weathered Mesquite crack surface showing.
This block has been fully air-dried to 10-12% moisture content. It has a number of dark-lined, fine cracks that the photos show well -- zoom in for a close look. The dark-lined cracks in Mesquite are not dynamic drying features. They are formed by severe stress on the tree during growth (think Texas hurricanes and tornadoes) that are character marks showing the tree's living history. They are unlikely to grow any larger. CA glue will stabilize these for woodwork and is required for block stability.