Texas Turning Wood For Sale
Howdy, welcome to Texas Woodcrafts. We are a small, part-time wood working shop and sawmill. We primarily harvest and saw Texas timber for our own use, but do have limited amounts for sale. These Texas woods are suitable for turning, carving, and small wood projects. Please browse through
our current inventory below. If you don't see what you want, contact us.
You may also enjoy visiting Prairie's End, our gallery of finished projects
featuring many of the woods sold on this site.
Recent additions to the website:
07 April 2013 - Fresh Texas Purple Heart Cedar - lots of highly-figured end-grain blanks
15 July 2013 - Fresh Mesquite and Green Ash (on "Other Texas Woods" page) - medium-size bowl blanks
16 July 2013 - Fresh Green Ash(on "Other Texas Woods" page) - small half-log bowl blanks
06 August 2013 - Fresh Texas Ebony - mainly small TE bowl blanks
01 October 2013 - Fresh Texas Mesquite and native Pecan - mainly Pecan bowl blanks and Mesquite end-grain blanks
01 December 2013 - Fresh Texas Bodark (Osage Orange) - spalted end-grain spindle blanks and 6" square bowl blanks
Woods by Type
Mesquite - A classic, elegantly-grained Texas wood. Texas Honey Mesquite is particularly well suited for turning. The wood cuts cleanly with little tearout, polishes well to a superb finish and has bark that adheres well when turned as a natural-edge piece. The grain of even an ordinary piece of wood is beautiful and in many instances, it is absolutely gorgeous.
Texas Ebony - A rare and exotic, elegantly-grained Texas wood. Texas Ebony is particularly well suited for turning in forms that range from large bowls to delicate icicles on ornaments. The grain of even an ordinary piece of wood is beautiful.
Black Walnut - Eastern Black Walnut is a member of the hickory family that is native to eastern North America. However, it's range extends into eastern Texas and is thus available to "Texas wood" turners. The Walnut heartwood is a rich chocolate or purplish brown beneath a creamy white sapwood. Walnut works easily with power or hand tools. The finished surfaces can be very nice, and over the years, the wood develops a lustrous patina.
Huisache - Also known as Sweet Acacia, this wood has a beautiful grain and orange-red color in the heartwood and a creamy yellow color in the sapwood. It turns easily when green, producing long curls of a fascinating sparkly orange-white color. The bark is very tight and clings well to a natural edge vessel. The wood also finishes to a beautiful surface.
Sycamore - American Sycamore trees range throughout the eastern USA and are quite numerous in the moist bottomlands of the nearby Brazos River (immediately west of my shop in Katy, Texas). Sycamore can exhibit very nice figure and a lovely, light coloring. It also spalts nicely and yields a "pencil-line" spalted figure that can be fantastic. On top of that, the interlocked grain yields a unique pattern of numerous narrow rays flecks when quartersawn or exposed in a turned form on the lathe. It can be a beautiful wood.
Bodark - Known as Osage Orange, Bois d'Arc, or Hedgeapple outside of Texas, this wood frequently has a beautiful and complex grain pattern. It is commonly a bright yellow color when fresh that ages to a gorgeous golden brown with time (and UV sunlight?). It also is very hard which can make it a challenge to work but produces a brilliant finished surface.
Cherry - Black Cherry does grow in Texas and I occasionally get access to a Cherry tree. The wood is beautiful and fine-grained with orange-brown to mahogany-colored heartwood. While it is best know as a furniture wood, it is a favorite of many experienced wood turners.
Cedar - Eastern Red or aromatic Cedar (Juniperus Virgiania) is prolific in Texas. While many people know Eastern Red Cedar for it's pleasantly aromatic and moth-repelling fragrance, most Texas ranchers know it for its durability as fence posts and for it's invasive character in some areas. It also makes a very nice turning wood, with a fine-grained and beautifully marbled, pinkish- to brownish-red heartwood. It is a fragrant, very light and very durable wood.
Pecan - Most of the Pecan turning pieces I offer come from from my sawmill "left-overs" - the crotches, branchy sections, spalted areas, slabs from near the log's core, etc. - generally unsuitable for board lumber. Thus, many of the turning pieces exhibit interesting and variable grain patterns. The colors range from creamy light browns typical of furniture-wood Pecan to very dark browns of the heartwood that you rarely see in Pecan lumber. Bark inclusions and spalted staining around and near checks and older, weathered portions are common. These patterns make for very interesting turned vessels. While the outer bark of many of these Pecan trees can be "flakey" and difficult to maintain in a natural-edge bowl, there is a tight, dark brown inner bark that is easy to retain and looks very nice.
Oaks - The Oaks that I have available are native Texas Live Oak and Water Oak. The strong grain patterns and oak "rays" in these pieces are frequently beautiful. The Live Oak in particular frequently contains areas of a unique, very "wavy" and tightly contorted grain pattern.
Other Texas Wood - This section contains woods that are native or common in Texas but which we do not routinely have access to and only occasionally have in smaller quantities. These also include woods that are not commonly used in local woodworking but which, in individual trees, we feel are attractive enough to mill and offer for your woodturning. This listing commonly includes species such as Texas Black Walnut, Texas Ash, Hackberry, Cypress, Elm and some fruitwoods.
"Foreign" Wood - I occasionally have access to trees that are not classic Texas trees, or that were not necessarily harvested in Texas. If they are not from Texas, they are foreign to me! These foreign trees include some imported for landscape use - such as Chinese Elm, Redbud, Arizona Ash and Crepe Myrtle - and some recovered from Louisiana and Mississippi after the recent Hurricanes. These trees have provided unique pieces of turning wood and some are included here.
Rough-Turned Bowls - Texas woods are too beautiful and too valuable to simply turn into curly shavings on the floor beneath my lathe, so I generally core smaller, interior bowls out of the bowl blanks as I rough-out larger bowls. Lately, my requirements for relatively large bowls has resulted in more of the interior bowls than I can process or have immediate markets for, so I am offering some for sale here. These bowls are dried and ready for you to finish-turn on your own lathe.
Texas Pen Blanks - Texas woods are frequently so attractive that I have a difficult time throwing even the smallest offcuts into the burn pile. So many of those that are nicely figured or extra colorful get turned into pen blanks and offered for sale here.
You can see examples of various bowls, boxes, vases and ornaments turned from these "exotic" Texas woods on my companion website, www.PrairiesEnd.com.
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