Mesquite Block M1190
3.7" x 3.7" x 14.3"
This is a beautiful end-grain block of Texas-grown Honey Mesquite. The color is the rich, reddish-brown of Mesquite heartwood with some creamy beige sapwood and dark-chocolate bark. There is complexity in the block with a crotch at the base, one or more vugs, some bark inclusions, and some cracks. This is probably not a block for a novice turner. If it were my project piece, I would start with some epoxy work in a contrasting color.
The bark is full and well-attached, giving you some nice options on turning a natural-edged form. This block would make an exquisite vase, if you're looking for a large form turning.
This is a GREEN to partially air-dried 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 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.