Huisache Wood For Sale

Huisache (pronounced "wee-sach"), or Sweet Acacia, has a beautiful grain pattern and gorgeous colors - being orange-red 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 of fresh-cut Huisache is very tight and clings well to a natural edge vessel. The wood also finishes to a beautiful surface.

Interestingly enough, Huisache is a bane to farmers, ranchers and rural homesteads in this part of Texas. Similar to Mesquite, it is invasive and can quickly take-over fallow land and replace grasses and other vegetation. Similar to but even worse than Mesquite, Huisache has many thorns - long, very hard and sharp needle-like thorns that penetrate truck and tractor tires and result in numerous flats, pain and agony! Considerable effort is required (and taken) to eradicate Huisache once it is established, and as a result, it is rarely found in sufficient size for most woodworking needs.

Occasionally, however, I am able to locate and harvest larger Huisache trees (I reckon you'd have to call them "old growth" Huisache). These larger trees are generally still small relative to other timber trees - I have yet to see a Huisache "saw log". But these larger "trees" do produce pieces big enough for useful lathe work. As a result, I have quite a few whole, half-log and crotch pieces available. A lot of effort is put into locating, harvesting and trimming these pieces, but the beauty of the wood makes the effort worthwhile.

You can see examples of various bowls and vessels turned from these "exotic" Texas woods on our companion website, www.prairiesend.com.



Note : As elsewhere, the dimensions given below are Length x Width x Depth of the blank. Theoretically these numbers indicate the dimensions of the largest bowl, box/goblet or spindle that might be turned from that piece if no flaws are encountered. The approximate weight (in pounds) as well as obvious physical features (checks, etc) are also indicated. Note also that most of these are rough cut. I do not have the time or equipment to routinely surface the cut sides - although sometimes I think that the grain is interesting enough that I will take it to the jointer before I take the photo.

Please be aware - as with most of the wood on this website (other than the pen blanks), these Huisache blanks are fresh and green, or only partially air-dried. They have NOT been kiln-dried and any turning must consider greenwood turning procedures.







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  • Huisache Pen Blanks
  • End-grain Huisache pieces 1 to 2 inches square
  • End-grain Huisache pieces 2 to 3 inches square
  • End-grain Huisache pieces 3 inches square and larger
  • Square and half-log Huisache bowl blanks
  • Rectangular Huisache blocks and small boards






  • Huisache Pen Blanks





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    Huisache Pen Blanks
    1"x 1"x 6""


    I occasionally cut some of my nicely figured Huisache into pen blanks. Those pictured here are typical - the colors are the strong pinkish brown of Huisache heartwood with occasional traces of the white to gray sapwood on some of the blanks. The wood is hard and can be sanded and finished to a beautiful, sensually smooth surface. These pen blanks have been fully dried in my kiln.


    Huisache Pen Blanks $3.00 each, no minimum.







    Huisache end-grain turning blocks between 1 and 2 inches square





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    Huisache Lot H-192
    1-3/4" x 1-3/4" x 7"
    3/4 lb.

    This is a nice end-grain block of Texas Huisache. It is almost all heartwood with a soft mix of light brown and reddish-brown colors and a very nice grain pattern. There is a small patch of "pencil-line" spalted sapwood on one corner, but unfortunately, that will turn off as the block is rounded.

    This block will be something of a challenge. It includes a fairly thick imbedded twig on one side (top photo, left side) that appears to extend into the body and be present in the opposite side by a related, irregular patch of imbedded bark (bottom photo, left side). I would reinforce this with thin/medium CA glue from both ends before turning. It also has some sort of prominent open crack in the lower end (top photo). I am unsure of the nature of that feature. Were I turning this, it would be reinforced with CA glue and filled with some type of attractive material (turquoise, malachite, brass, etc.). With that pretty grain pattern - it may be worth the effort.

    I see no other cracks, checks or significant flaws.


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    Huisache Lot H-192 $15.00


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    Huisache Lot H-193
    1-1/2" x 1-1/2" x 7"
    1/2 lb.

    This is a near-perfect, small end-grain block of Texas Huisache. It is almost all heartwood with a soft mix of light brown and reddish-brown colors and a gentle, linear grain pattern. There appears to be a small swath of creamy-brown sapwood on one edge.

    I see no cracks, checks or other significant flaws.



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    Huisache Lot H-193 $10.00


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    Huisache Lot H-194
    1" x 1" x 7"
    1/4 lb.

    OK, OK - this is not much more than a pen blank, but for you who need a longer "pen blank" - it may do. It is a near-perfect, small end-grain block of Texas Huisache, all light brown to reddish-brown heartwood and a gentle, linear grain pattern.

    I see no cracks, checks or other significant flaws.

    ps - I have another just like it if you need two.

    Huisache Lot H-194 $5.00


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    Huisache Lot H-106
    1-7/8" x 1-7/8" x 11-1/4"
    1-3/4 lb.

    This is a very nice end-grain block of Texas Huisache. It is primarily bright rosy/reddish-brown heartwood with a small strip of lighter-brown sapwood on one edge. All of the sapwood should turn off as the block is rounded.

    There are two drying checks in the sapwood (right edge of the annotated face, top photo, but not visible on that photo), but these are confined to the edge and should turn off. There is also one crack on a corner of the back side (faintly visible on the left side, closer end, bottom photo). Confined to that corner, it should also turn off. I see no other cracks, checks or significant flaws.

    Huisache Lot H-106 $18.00
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    Huisache end-grain turning blocks between 2 and 3 inches square





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    Huisache H-205
    2-3/4" x 2-3/4" x 7"
    2-1/4 lbs.

    This is a nice end-grain block of Texas Huisache. It is approximately 90% bright rosy/reddish-brown heartwood and 10% sapwood on two edges and the adjacent sides (bottom photo). That sapwood was a light yellowish-brown color when I milled it but has since developed a strong gray shading on the surface. Most, if not all, of that sapwood should turn off as the block is turned to round.

    Despite being Cut from close to the pith of the log, I see no pith-related cracks or other significant flaws.

    Huisache H-205 $20.00


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    Huisache H-206
    2-1/4" x 2-1/4" x 10-3/4"
    2-1/4 lbs.

    This is a very attractive end-grain block of Texas Huisache. It is primarily the bright rosy/reddish-brown of Huisache heartwood with a strong, gently undulating grain pattern. There are two, very thin strips of grey sapwood along the two ends of one edge (bottom photo). All of that sapwood should turn off as the block is turned to round.

    It was cut from well clear of the pith of the log I see no pith-related cracks. However, there is a single, very thin drying check on one end that does extend ~3/4" into the lower end of the block (bottom photo, near end, but too thin to see in the photo). I see no other cracks, checks or other obvious flaws.

    Huisache H-206 $25.00

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    Huisache H-165
    2-1/2" x 2-1/2" x 6"
    1-1/4 lbs.

    This is another attractive end-grain block of Texas Huisache. It is approximately 70% bright rosy/reddish-brown of Huisache heartwood and 30% yellowish-brown sapwood (top photo). The sapwood forms a thick wedge on the backside with indistinct boundary between it and the heartwood.

    It was also cut from well clear of the pith of the log and I see no pith-related cracks.

    Huisache H-165 $20.00
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    Huisache Lot H-187
    2" x 2" x 8-1/2"
    1-1/4 lbs.

    This is another nice end-grain block of Texas Huisache. It appears to be all heartwood with an attractive mix of light brown and reddish-brown colors and a swirling grain pattern associated with several old side limbs. A small patch of "included" bark on one edge (top photo) is associated with the crotch of the larger limb.

    This blank was cut from close to the pith and a small portion of the pith is present at one edge (bottom photo, lower half of the upper face). The thin, wiggly black lines on the upper face of the bottom photo are minor cracks related to that small portion of pith. Those cracks, along with the remaining portion of the pith, should turn off as the block is rounded. One additional small but open crack or check is present just to the left of the patch of included bark (left side of the top photo). Most of that crack will also turn off as the block is rounded. Again, I would reinforce all of those small cracks with thin CA glue before turning. I see no other cracks, checks or significant flaws.


    Sold
    Huisache Lot H-187 $15.00


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    Huisache Lot H-189
    2" x 2" x 7"
    1 lb.

    This is another nice end-grain block of Texas Huisache. It is all heartwood with a soft mix of light brown and reddish-brown colors. There are two fairly large patches of "included" bark, one on each of two adjacent sides (both photos). These two patches may connect inside this block. I would reinforce both of these with thin/medium CA glue before turning.

    There is a single thin crack associated with one of the two included-bark patches (top photo, left side, but not easily visible on the photo). There are also two very small and tight drying checks on the edge of the lower end-grain face (top photo, but again, not readily visible). These are minor features. I see no other cracks, checks or significant flaws.


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    Huisache Lot H-189 $15.00


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    Huisache Lot H-190
    2" x 2" x 6-1/2"
    1 lb.

    This is another very nice but challenging end-grain block of Texas Huisache. It is all heartwood with a soft mix of light brown and reddish-brown colors. The grain pattern is fairly complex around what appear to be the pith/centers of three separate side branches.

    All of those small piths appear sound but two do include thin pith-related radial cracks. Also, a series of cracks are present on one side that are of uncertain origin (to me anyway - see the top photo). All of these should be reinforced with CA glue before turning. There is also one small pocket of included bark on one edge of the lower end-grain face (top photo). I see no other cracks, checks or significant flaws.

    Huisache Lot H-190 $12.00
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    Huisache Lot H-191
    2" x 2" x 5"
    3/4 lb.

    This is a pretty little end-grain block of Texas Huisache. It is all heartwood with a soft mix of light brown and reddish-brown colors. It was cut from the center of a small log and the pith runs through it from end-to-end. The grain pattern is fairly complex around that pith and the less-distinct pith of a smaller, separate side branch.

    Both of those small piths appear sound, but there is a small open crack along a portion of one side and a second small crack on one corner. Located on edges, both of these cracks will turn off as the block is rounded. I see no other cracks, checks or significant flaws.



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    Huisache Lot H-191 $10.00


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    Huisache H-168
    2" x 2" x 11"
    1-1/2 lbs.

    This is another nice end-grain block of Texas Huisache. It is primarily the bright rosy/reddish-brown of Huisache heartwood with a tapering section of creamy light brown to "orange brown" sapwood along one edge. Again, that sapwood/heartwood boundary is gradational and indistinct. There is a bit of bark on one corner - no problem!

    I see no cracks, checks or other obvious flaws. There is a single open borer hole on one side (bottom photo, left side, just below the tail-end of the bark).

    Huisache H-168 $20.00

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    Huisache Lot H-144
    2" x 2" x 8"
    1-1/4 lbs.

    This is another very nice end-grain block of Texas Huisache heartwood. The grain pattern is striped with prominent, narrow bands of lighter and darker rosy/reddish brown color.

    The pith was cut completely out of this blank and I see no pith-related cracks, or other obvious flaws.

    Huisache Lot H-144 $15.00
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    This tall, delicate goblet was recently turned from some of the same Texas Huisache wood listed on this site. Additional examples of Huisache turnings are presented on our companion website Prairie's End Woodshop.




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    Huisache Lot H-86
    2" x 2" x 7"
    1 lb.

    This is another very pretty end-grain block of spalted Texas Huisache. It is approximately 50/50 bright rosy/reddish-brown heartwood and creamy light brown sapwood.

    I see no cracks, checks or other obvious flaws.

    Huisache Lot H-86 $10.00
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    Huisache end-grain turning blocks 3 inches square or larger





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    Huisache H-153
    3" x 3" x 10"
    3 lbs.

    This is a very nice end-grain block of Texas Huisache (Sweet Acacia). It is approximately 60% bright rosy/reddish-brown heartwood and 40% creamy light-brown sapwood. There is a bit of bark remaining on one corner that will turn off as the block is rounded.

    The blank was cut well clear of the pith of the log and I see no sign of any pith-related cracks. The is one small and thin crack or check in the shallow portion of heartwood, very close to the sapwood. It does not appear to be deep and I consider it to be insignificant to turning (other than to be reinforced with CA glue). I see no other cracks, checks or obvious flaws.


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    Huisache H-153 $25.00


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    Huisache H-157
    3" x 3" x 6"
    2 lbs.

    This is another nice end-grain block of Texas Huisache (Sweet Acacia). It is entirely the bright rosy/reddish-brown of Huisache heartwood.

    The blank was cut well away from the pith of the log and no pith or pith-related cracks are present. I see no obvious flaws.

    Huisache H-157 $25.00
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    Huisache square and half-log bowl blanks





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    Huisache H-204
    6-1/4" x 6-1/2" x 3"
    4 lbs.

    This is a very nice, half-log bowl blank of Texas Huisache (Sweet Acacia). The colors are the rosy, reddish brown of Huisache heartwood, backed by fairly thick sections of creamy sapwood. This blank should be suitable for either a conventional or natural-edge bowl. It has a full and tight bark on the backside, so turning of a full-bark, natural-edge bowl should not be a problem. That said - there is a large pocket of "imbedded" bark on the annotated face. The depth of that pocket of bark is not obvious and, if deep, would reduce the potential depth of a natural-edge bowl.

    The pith of the log is present in this blank and visible on one end (middle photo) and then "outcrops" on the central portion of the annotated face (top and middle photos, close to the pocket of imbedded bark). I see no sign of pith-related cracks, checks or other significant flaws.




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    Huisache H-204 $30.00


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    Huisache H-203
    5" x 5-1/2" x 2"
    2-1/4 lbs.

    This is a very nice, small half-log blank of rosy, reddish brown Texas Huisache. It was cut from the log directly thru the pith (that thin brown stripe on the annotate face), but includes no pith-related flaws (cracks, etc.). It also has full and tight bark on the back side and should easily turn to a nice (small) natural-edge bowl.

    I see no sign of any cracks, checks or other significant flaws.


    Huisache H-203 $20.00


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    Huisache H-202
    5" x 5-1/2" x 2-1/2"
    2-1/2 lbs.

    This is another very nice, small half-log blank of rosy, reddish brown Texas Huisache. It was cut from the log at a slight angle to the pith, such that the pith is visible just to the left of center on the end-grain face (middle photo) and rises to "outcrop" on the upper end of the annotated face (that thin brown stripe on the annotate face, top and middle photos). I see no pith-related flaws (cracks, etc.) at either end. It also has full and tight bark on the back side and should easily turn to a nice (small) natural-edge bowl.

    I see no sign of any cracks, checks or other significant flaws.


    Huisache H-203 $20.00


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    Huisache H-201
    5" x 6-1/4" x 2"
    3 lbs.

    This is another very nice, small half-log blank of rosy, reddish brown Texas Huisache. It was cut from the log directly thru the pith (that thin brown stripe on the annotate face), but includes no visible, pith-related flaws (cracks, etc.). It also has full and tight bark on the back side and should be easily turned into a nice (small) natural-edge bowl.

    I see no sign of any cracks, checks or other significant flaws. Note - there are a number of small patches on moss growing out of the bark on the back side - no additional charge! :-)


    Huisache H-201 $20.00


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    Huisache H-200
    5" x 6-1/4" x 2-1/4"
    2-3/4 lbs.

    This is another very nice, small half-log blank of rosy, reddish brown Texas Huisache. It was also cut from the log directly thru the pith (that thin brown stripe on the annotate face). It also has full and tight bark on the back side and should be easily turned into a nice (small) natural-edge bowl.

    That pith does include a single, very small and tight, pith-related crack on a portion of the annotated face (extending along that brown pith-stripe). The crack is very tight and very shallow at the end on the end-grain face. I suspect that it will be turned-off immediately if this blank is turned to create a NE-bowl. I see no sign of any other cracks, checks or significant flaws.


    Huisache H-200 $20.00


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    Huisache H-197
    6" x 8" x 3-1/2"
    4 lbs.

    This is a very nice, half-log bowl blank of Texas Huisache (Sweet Acacia). The colors are the rosy, reddish brown of Huisache heartwood, backed by fairly thick sections of creamy sapwood. The center of the heartwood, closest to the pith area (note - the actual pith has been removed) narrow bands of light brown spalt-staining are present (all photos). This blank should be suitable for either a conventional or natural-edge bowl, although a small patch of the bark is missing and it is a bit "gappy" elsewhere (see bark-sapwood boundary on the bottom photo), so turning of a full bark natural-edge bowl may be challenging.

    There are three small and tight, pith-related radial cracks, two at one end and one at the other (middle and bottom photos). They are faintly visible on the end-grain faces (especially if you zoom-in to those areas). In addition, there is one long, but very tight drying check present in the end-grain face visible on the bottom photo. However, it is so very tight that it is essentially invisible on the photo, even when you zoom in! I consider these cracks and the check to be minor flaws and would simply reinforce them with thin CA glue before turning. There is also one fairly large and gappy knot in the annotated face (~4 o'clock position within the 6" circle). It looks as if this knot extends toward the near side of the blank and will likely be present in the upper side of the finished bowl, if it is turned as a conventional bowl form. In a natural-edge bowl form, this knot will likely be turned off completely.

    I see no other cracks, checks or significant flaws.



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    Huisache H-197 $30.00


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    Huisache H-151
    6" x 6" x 3"
    4 lbs.

    This is a very nice, square blank of Texas Huisache (Sweet Acacia). It is also primarily the rosy, reddish brown of Huisache heartwood, but includes section of creamy sapwood and a bit of bark along two edges of the back side (bottom photo). There is a bit of light brown spalt-staining of that heartwood on the annotated face. I see this blank as suitable for either a conventional bowl or an oval hollow-form (with no excuses).

    This blank was cut from close to the pith of the log and a small portion remains (near end of annotated face, top photo). However, I see no cracks associated with that pith. There is one large and prominent knot in the sapwood area on the backside that is quite sound and should be no problem. There are also several open borer holes associated with the sapwood on the back side. With the blank mounted such that the sapwood is on the bottom portion of the bowl, all of those "beetle features" should turn off.

    I see no cracks, checks or other significant flaws.



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    Huisache H-151 $30.00




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    This beautiful natural-edge bowl was recently turned from the same Texas Huisache wood as listed on this site. Additional examples of Huisache turnings are presented on our companion website Prairie's End Woodshop.




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    Huisache Lot 63
    6-1/2" x 8" x 3-1/2"
    6 lbs.

    This is another beautiful half-log crotch blank of rosy, reddish brown Texas Huisache with a very attractive crotch feather figure. It has a tiny, enclosed bark inclusion in the crotch (top photo), but it could be reinforced and become a solid part of a fairly deep conventional bowl. However, that would not make the best exposure of that crotch feather. I would go for a 6" x 3" natural-edge bowl form.

    This blank was also cut close to the pith and a portion of the pith remains in this half. The pith appears to be sound but the center of that left-hand limb it does include several very small and tight cracks or drying checks. Again, if turned as a NE bowl, the pith and those small checks will turn off when the bottom is roughed to round.

    I see no sign of any other cracks, checks or other significant flaws.



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    Huisache Lot 63 $35.00







    Rectangular blocks and boards of Huisache





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    Huisache H-175
    3" x 8-1/2" x 3/4"
    3/4 lb.

    This is a nice, clear, straight-grained, quarter-sawn board of Texas Huisache. It is entirely the bright rosy/reddish-brown of Huisache heartwood.

    I see no cracks, checks or other significant flaws.

    Huisache H-175 $10.00
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    Huisache H-176
    2" x 6-1/2" x 3/4"
    3/4 lb.

    This is a small, clear, straight-grained plane-sawn board of Texas Huisache. It is entirely the bright rosy/reddish-brown of Huisache heartwood.

    I see no cracks, checks or other significant flaws.


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    Huisache H-176 $8.00


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    Huisache H-177
    2" x 10" x 3/4"
    1/2 lb.

    This is a beautiful, quarter-sawn to plane-sawn board of Texas Huisache. It is entirely the bright rosy/reddish-brown of Huisache heartwood. I got too close to the pith on one end and several small, tight radial cracks are present on one half (far end, bottom photo)

    I see no other cracks, checks or significant flaws.



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    Huisache H-177 $10.00


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    Huisache H-178
    1-1/2" x 10" x 3/4"
    1/2 lb.

    This is a small but attractive, straight-grained, rift-sawn board of Texas Huisache. It includes both the bright rosy/reddish-brown of Huisache heartwood and the creamy to yellowish-brown of Huisache sapwood.

    I see no cracks, checks or other significant flaws.

    Huisache H-178 $5.00

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    Huisache Lot H-140
    5" x 10-3/4" x 2"
    4 lbs.

    This is a very nice large rectangular block of Texas Huisache. It is almost entirely the bright rosy/reddish-brown of Huisache heartwood with just two thin strips of light brown sapwood on the back edges.

    This blank was cut right the pith of the log and a portion of that pith is present just below the top face (annotated face, close end, top photo). There actually is a second pith in that area, related to a nearby crotch. That main pith does include several small and thin radial cracks that are apparent at the surface. These small are quite tight and I would simply reinforce them with CA glue.

    There are two small beetle holes on the back side and a third on one side. These may require filling. I see no other significant flaws.

    Huisache Lot H-140 $30.00
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    Listing last updated 3 June 2016


    Nothing here that suits your needs?
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    or a telephone call at:
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    There is a possibility that I have more, either cut into blocks or in the rough log,
    so I may be able to meet your specific requirements.
    If not - send an email with your requirements and I will put it into my
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    files and see if I can cut it next time I have a log of that species up on the mill.




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