Mesquite Block M1178
2.7" x 2.8" x 6.8"
This is an attractive end grain block of Texas-grown Mesquite. It is almost entirely heartwood. There is a partially-hidden pocket of bark at the top of the piece (near the annotation) that you may find extends deeper into the block. It will be fun to highlight in a finished turning. The grain is complex and swirling near the bark pocket -- it may even have some flame figure in it.
The colors include the rich reddish-brown of Mesquite heartwood, the golden to grayish yellow of Mesquite sapwood, and the dark brown of Mesquite bark. The bark appears to be tight and strong, but you may wish to stabilize if turning so that you don't lose bark chips. Please scroll through the photos to see close-ups --- you may need to scroll down within the photo section as we often show more than three photos.
This is a GREEN to partially air-dried 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 heat-treated to kill off any hungry critters that may have been burrowing inside. It was measured at 15% MC in August 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.