Smaller Mesquite Turning Blocks

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.

The weights were measured at the time that the blocks were photographed and sealed. Some drying will occur and the weights are likely to be less by the time that they are delivered. The descriptions accompanying the photos describe all obvious physical flaws or character features, the good and the bad, such as pith cracks, checks, flame figure, birdseye features, etc. I do a lot of turning and when describing these blanks, I look at them as if they were going up on my lathe.

Please be aware - as with most of the wood on this website (other than the pen blanks), these Mesquite blanks are fresh and green, or only partially air-dried. Unless otherwise noted, they have NOT been kiln-dried and any turning must consider greenwood turning procedures. That said - one of the beauties of Mesquite is its stability - being one of the most stable woods in the world with minimal to no warping and checking due to drying.





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Mesquite Pen Blanks
1"x 1"x 5-1/2" and 6"


I occasionally cut nicely figured Mesquite into pen blanks. Those pictured here are typical although my photography leaves something to be desired. The colors are the strong reddish brown of Mesquite heartwood with traces of the bright yellow Mesquite sapwood on some of the blanks. The wood is hard and can be sanded and finished to a beautiful, sensually smooth surface. These have been fully-dried in my kiln.


Mesquite Pen Blanks $2.00 each, no minimum.




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Smaller end-grain blanks - less than 2" square



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Mesquite Block M-869
1-1/2"x 1-1/2"x 10-1/2"
3/4 lb.

This is an interesting and attractive end-grain block of burly Texas Honey Mesquite. The color is mainly the rich, reddish-brown of Mesquite heartwood, but does include two large areas of creamy yellow sapwood, capped by dark brown bark. The two areas of sapwood and bark are separated by a prominent cluster of burl buds and associated, grain-crossing rays with moderate chatoyance. A small pocket of dark brown included bark is present close to the burl bud cluster (photo 2). The grain is strong and linear to gently curving around the clustered burl buds.

If I were turning this block, I would use thin CA glue to reinforce all of that bark and turn it carefully with very sharp tools to preserve as much of the bark and sapwood as possible. The contrasting colors and character, associated with the burl should be very nice.

I see no cracks, checks or other structural flaws.



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Mesquite Block M-869 $15.00


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Mesquite Block M-809
1-3/4"x 1-3/4"x 7"
3/4 lb.

This is a small end-grain block of lightly burly Texas Honey Mesquite. It is entirely the rich, reddish-brown of Mesquite heartwood. The grain is strong and linear to gently curving around two burl buds.

The only visible flaw is a shallow, concave crack that underlies a thin wedge on one side at one end or the block (bottom photo).


Mesquite Block M-809 $12.00


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Mesquite Block M-817
1-1/2"x 1-1/2"x 13-1/2"
1-1/4 lbs.

This is another very nice end-grain block of burly Texas Honey Mesquite. The color is mainly the rich, reddish-brown of Mesquite heartwood, but does include large areas of yellow sapwood and a thick section of brown bark on one edge and the two adjacent sides (bottom photo). There is also one fairly large and several very small pockets of dark brown included bark. The grain is strong and linear gently curving around numerous individual and clustered burl buds. This is also a pretty block.

I see no cracks, checks or other structural flaws.


Mesquite Block M-817 $20.00


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Mesquite Block M-819
1-1/2"x 1-1/2"x 9-1/4"
3/4 lb.

This is another small end-grain block of Texas Honey Mesquite. The color is mainly the rich, reddish-brown of Mesquite heartwood but does include a wide wedge of yellow sapwood, capped by a smaller wedge of brown bark along one side. The grain is strong and linear to gently curving with a single burl bud in the central portion.

I see no cracks, checks or other structural flaws.


Mesquite Block M-819 $12.00


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Mesquite Block M-766
1-3/4"x 1-3/4"x 12-1/2"
1-1/2 lbs.

This is another nice, fairly long end-grain block of lightly burled Texas Honey Mesquite. It is primarily the rich, reddish-brown of Mesquite heartwood, but does include a large wedge of yellow sapwood and brown bark on the end of one side, plus a strip of additional yellow sapwood along one entire edge (both photos). The grain is strong and linear to gently curving around two areas of burly buds in the central portion of the block.

I see no cracks, checks or other significant flaws.


Mesquite Block M-766 $25.00


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Mesquite Block M-770
1-3/4"x 1-3/4"x 10"
1-1/4 lbs.

This is another nice end-grain block of Texas Honey Mesquite. It is primarily the rich, reddish-brown of Mesquite heartwood, but does include a fairly thick section of yellow sapwood and brown bark on one edge (top photo). The grain is strong and linear to gently curving. There are two isolated burl buds visible on the sides.

I see no cracks, checks or other significant flaws.


Mesquite Block M-770 $15.00


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Mesquite Block M-771
1-3/4"x 1-3/4"x 10-1/4"
1-1/4 lbs.

This is another nice end-grain block of Texas Honey Mesquite. It is primarily the rich, reddish-brown of Mesquite heartwood, but does include a fairly thick section of yellow sapwood and brown bark on one edge (bottom photo). The grain is strong and linear to gently curving. There is one prominent burl bud that is visible on two adjacent sides. There is also one small circular patch of included bark just below the sapwood (bottom photo) that appears to extend into the block and appear on the adjacent side as two smaller patches (top photo).

I see no cracks, checks or other significant flaws.


Mesquite Block M-771 $15.00


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Mesquite Block M-772
1-3/4"x 1-3/4"x 8-1/4"
1 lb.

This is a very nice end-grain block of burly Texas Honey Mesquite. It is almost entirely the rich, reddish-brown of Mesquite heartwood, with only two small patches of yellow sapwood (and a very small bit of brown bark on one patch, bottom photo). The grain is strong and linear to gently curving around two prominent clusters of burl buds. (top photo).

I see no cracks, checks or other significant flaws.



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Mesquite Block M-772 $20.00


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Mesquite Block M-776
1-1/2"x 1-1/2"x 11-1/2"
1 lb.

This is a very nice end-grain block of burly Texas Honey Mesquite. It is almost entirely the rich, reddish-brown of Mesquite heartwood, with only two patches of yellow sapwood on one edge. The grain is strong and linear to gently curving around two medium size clusters of burl buds.

I see no cracks, checks or other significant flaws.



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Mesquite Block M-776 $20.00


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Mesquite Block M-779
1-1/2"x 1-1/2"x 10"
1 lb.

This is a nice end-grain block of moderately burly Texas Honey Mesquite. It is almost all the rich, reddish-brown of Mesquite heartwood, with only two strips of yellow sapwood along one edge. The grain is strong and linear to gently curving around a cluster of burl buds in the middle of the block.

I see no cracks, checks or other significant flaws. There are several small, curved spots of included bark associated with the patch of burl buds.


Mesquite Block M-779 $18.00


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Mesquite Block M-780
1-1/2"x 1-1/2"x 9"
3/4 lb.

This is another very nice end-grain block of burly Texas Honey Mesquite. It is entirely the rich, reddish-brown of Mesquite heartwood. There are at least three large clusters of burly buds that that influenced the otherwise linear grain pattern to result in a tightly-swirling pattern for much of the block.

I see no cracks, checks or other structural flaws. There is one prominent spot of included bark associated with one of the burl bud patches (upper edge of the left side, top photo). That "spot" is actually mostly an open hole (decay of the included bark?) and is ~3/8" maximum diameter and ~3/16" deep. Located very close to an edge, it should turn off cleanly as the block is roughed to round


Mesquite Block M-780 $20.00


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Mesquite M-639
1-1/2"x 1-1/2"x 10-1/2"
3/4 lb.

This is a nice end-grain block of Texas Honey Mesquite. It is primarily the rich reddish-brown of Mesquite heartwood, but includes a small section of sapwood on one end of one side.

I see no significant cracks, checks or other structural flaws.


Mesquite M-639 $8.00


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Mesquite M-645
1-1/2"x 1-1/2"x 6"
1/2 lb.

This is another nice end-grain block of Texas Honey Mesquite. It is entirely the rich reddish-brown of Mesquite heartwood with a strong, linear grain.

I see no cracks, checks or other significant flaws.


Mesquite M-645 $6.00








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Mesquite Lot M-901
2-1/2"x 2-1/2"x 11-1/2"
2-3/4 lbs.

This is another interesting, and not so challenging, end-grain block of burly Texas Honey Mesquite. It is generally the rich reddish brown color typical of our Texas Honey Mesquite heartwood, but also includes a long section of yellow sapwood partially capped by a thin section of bark on one edge (bottom photo), a small, open and dark brown (spalt stain?) hole (once an imbedded branch?) on one side, and a single light brown band of spalt-staining along one edge (top photo). Most of the sapwood and all of the bark and spalt-staining located on edges will turn off as the block is roughed to round.

The grain pattern is complex and very attractive, ranging from a gently undulating pattern in the less burly area to a complex pattern around clusters of burl buds.

There is a single thin and likely shallow crack associated with that small open hole. I would simply reinforce the crack with thin CA glue and then, later during the turning process, plan on filling any remaining open portion of the crack, as well as the associated open hole, with some type of attractive fill (turquoise anyone?). I see no other significant flaws.



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Mesquite Lot M-901 $35.00


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Mesquite Lot M-902
2-1/2"x 2-1/2"x 11"
2-3/4 lbs.

This is another interesting, and very nice, end-grain block of burly Texas Honey Mesquite. It is almost entirely the rich reddish brown color typical of our Texas Honey Mesquite heartwood, but does include a long and fairly thick section of yellow sapwood on one edge, partially capped by two fairly thin (shallow) sections of bark (bottom photo). Most of the sapwood and all of the bark should turn off as the block is roughed to round. The grain pattern is complex and very attractive, ranging from a gently undulating pattern in the less burly area to a complex pattern around clusters of burl buds.

There are two minor cracks in this block. One is the small ring-type crack that spans one corner (near end, top photo). That crack is not really tight and I will likely reinforce it with thin CA glue as soon as I complete this listing, just so it does not "pop off" before it reaches the final turner! Note, located on that corner, most if not all of that crack will turn off as the block is roughed to round. The second crack is a very thin and shallow, grain-parallel feature just to the right of the "M-902" annotation on the top photo. It is minor and I would simply reinforce it with thin CA glue before turning. I see no other significant flaws.



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Mesquite Lot M-902 $40.00


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Mesquite Lot M-905
2-1/2"x 2-1/2"x 7"
1-1/2 lbs.

This is a very nice, moderately burly end-grain block of Texas Honey Mesquite. It also includes at least two large clusters of burly buds that extend completely thru the block, all wrapped-up in a moderately undulating to complex, tight grain pattern.

The color is also mainly the rich reddish brown typical of Texas Honey Mesquite heartwood. There is a thin layer of yellow sapwood on one edge and the adjacent sides (both photos), but that will turn off immediately as the block is rounded. There is also a strong, dark brown, area of spalt staining on one corner and adjacent sides (top photo, near end, lower left corner) that appears to be associated with a nearby elongated gappy pocket of imbedded bark. Most of that darker area will also turn off as the block is roughed to round, but some lighter-colored portions will likely remain.

The only significant "flaw" I see is that gappy pocket of imbedded, dark brown/black bark. Probing with a thin wire indicates that a portion of the open gap is at least 1/2" deep before turning. If I were to be turning this, I would reinforce that bark with a light application of thin CA glue and then after roughing to close to the finished shape, I would fill any remaining gap with an attractive inlay (colored epoxy or the like). I see no cracks, checks or other significant flaws.


Mesquite Lot M-905 $45.00


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Mesquite M-864
2-1/8"x 2-1/4"x 13"
2-1/2 lbs.

This is an interesting end-grain block of figured, lightly burled Texas Honey Mesquite. It is primarily the classic reddish-brown of Mesquite heartwood, but includes a fairly large wedge of creamy yellow sapwood on one side and an adjacent edge. In addition, there are two elongated and irregular patches of dark brown bark (additional details below). The grain pattern is complex and tightly swirling over much of the blank and especially around a prominent cluster of burl buds that extend thru the central portion. There are also a number of prominent, grain-crossing rays with strong chatoyance visible on three sides.

I see two flaws that have to be addressed before turning. The first are the two patches of imbedded bark mentioned above. These are located on opposite sides (the larger pocket featured on the 2nd and 3rd photos, the smaller patch visible on the far end of the 1st photo) and may be connected in the center. A lot of that bark and the surrounding sapwood will turn off as the block is roughed to round, but the remaining bark would likely constitute attractive and interesting features in the finished turning. I recommend using CA glue to reinforce that bark so portions do not "blow out" as the block is turned. The second flaw is what appears to be a thin, very tight, darker-brown stained crack in the central portion of one side and one adjacent edge (1st photo). That spalt-stained crack appears to be very shallow and will likely turn off as well when the blank is rounded. I see no other cracks, checks or significant flaws.


Mesquite M-864 $35.00


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Mesquite Lot M-802
2-3/4"x 2-3/4"x 14"
4-1/2 lbs.

This is a very nice end-grain block of lightly burled Texas Honey Mesquite. The color is mostly the rich reddish brown of Texas Honey Mesquite heartwood, but includes a wedge of bright yellow sapwood and a small bit of capping brown bark on one end. It includes a very attractive, linear grain pattern that becomes gently undulating around several small burl buds. Two small, dark brown, irregular lenses of included bark are present on one end (top photo, near portion of the annotated face and the exposed end-grain face).

This block is essentially perfect from a structural consideration. The only visible crack is a tiny one on the very edge of the block that will turn off as the block is roughed to round. I see no other flaws.


Mesquite Lot M-802 $40.00


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Mesquite M-751
2"x 2"x 12-3/4"
2 lbs.

This is a very nice end-grain block of moderately burled Texas Honey Mesquite. It is mainly reddish-brown heartwood with small patch of yellow sapwood and brown bark on one end (top photo). The grain varies from linear to moderately complex to form a very attractive pattern. There are several burly buds that appear to extend through the blank (both photos) and a nice pattern of chatoyance in several areas.

There are two very small and minor cracks on one end (bottom photo), but I see no significant cracks, checks or structural flaws.


Mesquite M-751 $30.00


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Mesquite M-752
2"x 2"x 12-1/4"
2 lbs.

This is a very nice end-grain block of lightly burled Texas Honey Mesquite. It is almost all reddish-brown heartwood with only a very thin strip of yellow sapwood on one edge (bottom photo). The grain varies from linear over most of the block to moderately complex around several burl buds. At least one of the burl buds appears to extend through the blank.

There is one large area (~1-1/2" x 3/4") of included bark on the back side (bottom photo). It includes a gappy hole in the portion that is closer to the middle of that back side. At ~3/8" deep, it will have to be addressed in the finished turning. Otherwise, I see no significant cracks, checks or structural flaws.



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Mesquite M-600
2-1/2"x 2-1/2"x 11"
2-3/4 lbs.

This is another very nice end-grain block of lightly-burled Texas Honey Mesquite. It is mainly reddish-brown heartwood with a strong, linear to moderately-irregular grain pattern (most visible on the annotated face, top photo).

I see no cracks, checks or significant structural flaws. There are three distinctive bark inclusions on the back side (bottom photo). The smaller is close to one edge and will probably turn off, the larger two are more centrally located and will not turn off completely. These two also include small open gaps in the bark that will likely remain once the block is roughed to round. I would fill any remaining gaps with colored epoxy or other suitable material (powdered brass, turquoise, etc.) after roughing-out the basic form - they should be interesting and attractive features in the finished piece.



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Mesquite M-600 $25.00


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Mesquite Lot M-441
2-3/8"x 2-3/8"x 14-1/2"
3-1/2 lbs.

This is another interesting end-grain block of Texas Honey Mesquite. It is primarily the rich, reddish-brown of Mesquite heartwood, but includes a strip of darker-brown (spalted?) sapwood on one edge along with a few remnants of bark. All of that sapwood and bark will likely turn off as the block is rounded.

I see no cracks or other structural flaws, but there are several small bark inclusions on either side of the sapwood area. These could be interesting features in the final turning, but I recommend reinforcing them with thin CA glue to reduce the chances of tear-out.


Mesquite Lot M-441 $30.00


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Mesquite Lot M-333
2-1/4"x 2-1/4"x 14"
3 lbs.

This is an interesting and attractive end-grain block of moderately burly Texas Honey Mesquite. The basic color is the rich reddish brown typical of our Texas Mesquite, but there is some gray staining at the lower end related to some old iron in the wood nearby (no - not in this block - I found and removed it the hard way - with my saw blade!!).

I see no cracks or other structural flaws. There is one prominent borer hole in the top end (middle and bottom photos). It appears as two holes because it cuts across the edge between two adjacent sides of the block. Being located on that edge most will turn off as the blank is rounded, but with a maximum depth of 1/2", all may not be removed without reducing the potential 2-1/4" diameter of the finished turning.



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Mesquite Lot 289
2"x 2"x 12-1/2"
2 lb.

This is another pretty end-grain block of Texas Honey Mesquite. It is primarily the rich reddish brown typical of our Texas Mesquite, with a strong linear grain pattern. There is a thick strip of sapwood on one edge - most of which will turn off as the block is rounded. There is also a thin strip of bark on the outside of the sapwood - all of which will turn off.

There are two small cracks on one end, the larger of which is approximately 2-1/2-inch long and extends approximately 3/8th-inch into the blank. I would reinforce this with CA glue before turning. I see no other cracks, checks or significant flaws.


Mesquite Lot 289 $12.00




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This delicate goblet was recently turned from some of the same Texas Honey Mesquite listed on this site. Additional examples of Mesquite turnings are presented on our companion website Prairie's End Woodshop.










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Mesquite M-913
4"x 4"x 9"
5-3/4 lbs.

This is a large end-grain block of moderately burly Texas Honey Mesquite. The colors are the classic reddish-brown of Mesquite heartwood with a large portion of yellow sapwood and dark brown bark on one edge and a portion of two sides (top photo). At full diameter, most of that bark and sapwood will turn off as the block is roughed to round, likely leaving a vertical stripe of sapwood. Two individual burl buds are present on opposite sides (top and bottom photos).

A prominent round feature on one side (top and bottom photos) is an imbedded old, bark-lined branch. A nearby, oval feature on the same side is an old, frass-filled borer hole, with a small, irregular pocket of imbedded bark in between. These appear quite tight but I would reinforce them with thin CA glue before turning.

The block was cut from close to the pith of the log and several dark-stained pith-related cracks are present on one edge. It looks as if all of those cracks will turn off as the block is roughed to round. There are also two old, very tight ring-type cracks (parallel to the grain) on two sides. Reinforced with thin CA glue, these should pose no problem for turning.

I see no other significant cracks, checks or flaws.


Mesquite M-913 $35.00


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Mesquite M-914
4"x 4"x 7"
4-1/4 lbs.

This is a very nice end-grain block of burly Texas Honey Mesquite. The colors are the classic reddish-brown of Mesquite heartwood with a large portion of yellow sapwood and dark brown bark on one edge and a portion of two sides (top photo). At a full 4" diameter, most of that bark and sapwood will turn off as the block is roughed to round, however there is a deeper pocket of sapwood on one end (all three photos) where the bark has "popped-off" leaving a depression that will limit the maximum diameter to 3" at that end. There are a number of prominent grain-crossing burly buds throughout the block that should look beautiful in the finished turning.

The block was cut from close to the pith of the log but I see no pith-related cracks. Two small and very tight radial cracks are present on two corners (far end of the top photo) that should turn off completely as the block is rounded. There is also a bit of included bark (I think) and two small borer holes on one corner (next to the crack on that top photo). It looks as if these will also turn off as the block is rounded.

I see no other significant cracks, checks or flaws.



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Mesquite M-914 $40.00


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Mesquite M-915
3-1/2"x 3-1/2"x 8-1/2"
3-3/4 lbs.

This is another end-grain block of moderately burly Texas Honey Mesquite. The colors are the classic reddish-brown of Mesquite heartwood with a layer of yellow sapwood topped by two sections of dark brown bark on one edge and portions of two sides (top and middle photos). At full diameter, all of that bark and most of the sapwood will turn off as the block is roughed to round. A single, very large burl bud, present and exposed on two adjacent sides (top and middle photos), should be very attractive in the finished turning.

The block was cut from close to the pith of the log and several dark-stained pith-related, ring and radial cracks are present along on one edge. It looks as if most of those cracks will turn off as the block is roughed to round. However, one long but very thin radial crack (near end-grain face of the top photo and on the sides of the middle and bottom photos) will remain and should be reinforced with CA glue before and/or during turning. There are also three open borer holes on two sides that can be filled with an attractive media.

I see no other significant cracks, checks or flaws.



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Mesquite M-915 $30.00


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Mesquite M-899
3"x 3"x 8-1/2"
2-3/4 lbs.

This is an end-grain block of moderately burly Texas Honey Mesquite. The colors are the classic reddish-brown of Mesquite heartwood with an irregular section of yellow sapwood and dark brown bark on one edge and a portion of two sides (top photo). Most, if not all of that bark and sapwood will turn off as the block is roughed to round. Several individual burl buds are present on three sides and prominent, grain-crossing burl rays are visible on one end-grain face (near end, top photo).

I see no significant cracks, checks or other flaws.


Mesquite M-899 $25.00


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Mesquite M-746
3"x 3"x 12"
3-3/4 lbs.

This is a beautiful end-grain block of burly Texas Honey Mesquite. It is mainly the classic reddish-brown of Mesquite heartwood but includes an irregular strip of yellow sapwood and brown bark on one edge. The grain pattern varies from linear to undulating within and around a number of Mesquite burl buds. There is also a significant degree of chatoyance within and around the more burly areas.

I see no cracks, checks or other significant flaws.



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Mesquite M-746 $45.00


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Mesquite M-747
3"x 3"x 10"
3-1/4 lbs.

This is another nice end-grain block of burly Texas Honey Mesquite. The colors are the classic reddish-brown of Mesquite heartwood with a small patch of yellow sapwood on one edge. There is also a large area of black wane along that same edge. The grain pattern varies from linear to strongly undulating around several burl buds.

A single prominent crack extends across one edge between two sides (bottom photo) and appears shallow. I suspect that it will turn off immediately as the blank is rounded. There is also a single small crack at one end that may require some attention. I see no other cracks, checks or significant flaws.



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Mesquite M-747 $30.00


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Mesquite M-749
3"x 3"x 9"
2-3/4 lbs.

This is another nice end-grain block of burly Texas Honey Mesquite. Large portions of three sides exhibit clumps of burl buds within a tightly swirling grain pattern. The colors are the classic reddish-brown of Mesquite heartwood with an irregular section of yellow sapwood dark brown bark on a portion of two sides and the adjacent edge (bottom photo). Most of that bark and sapwood will turn off as the block is roughed to round.

I see no cracks, checks or significant flaws.


Mesquite M-749 $35.00


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Mesquite M-715
3"x 3"x 10-3/4"
3 lbs.

This is a beautiful but uniquely different (and challenging?) end-grain block of burly Texas Honey Mesquite. Years ago it was a combination of burly Mesquite heartwood, sapwood and bark that was also likely very attractive - but in the later years, the sapwood decayed and most of it, as well as the bark, had fallen off. But the beautiful, burly, reddish-brown and still very solid heartwood core remains along with a portion of still-sound, tan-colored sapwood and four gappy black patches of included bark. The grain pattern varies from gently swirling to highly complex within and around a number of small and large Mesquite burl buds. This block would make a very unique lamp base or some other nice "character" piece.

I see no cracks, checks or other significant flaws.


Mesquite M-715 $50.00


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Mesquite M-718
3"x 3"x 8"
2-1/4 lbs.

This is another beautiful but uniquely different end-grain block of very burly Texas Honey Mesquite. It consists primarily of very burly Mesquite heartwood with two large patches of creamy yellow sapwood, one located on the corner at each end of a single edge (bottom photo). However, this block is from a very old tree and some of that sapwood has decayed. Before taking the photos, I wire-brushed all of the sapwood to remove the weak and punky outer portions. That beautiful, burly, reddish-brown and still quite solid heartwood core remains along with the still-sound, tan-colored portions of sapwood. The grain pattern is beautifully complex and varies from gently swirling to highly complex within and around a number of small and large Mesquite burl buds. It also includes two patches of very strong curly grain, numerous areas of strong, grain-crossing rays and a nice degree of chatoyance. This block would make a beautiful pepper mill, very unique lamp base or some other nice "character" piece.

There is a large and irregular patch of included bark on one side (left side, top photo) and includes a sizable open gap in the center. That gap is approximately 1-1/2" long and 3/8" wide, and probing with a paperclip indicated that it is at least 3/4" deep. Reinforcing of all of the bark with thin CA glue, is recommended and filling of the open gap (colored epoxy, turquoise, etc.?) might be necessary. In addition, there is a single small crack in one sapwood corner-patch that extends into the underlying heartwood (bottom photo, upper left corner of the end-grain face, but only faintly visible). That small crack/check is ~1-1/4" long and quite thin - I would simply reinforce it with thin CA glue. I see no other cracks, checks or significant flaws.


Mesquite M-718 $50.00


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Mesquite M-678
3"x 3"x 11-3/4"
2-3/4 lbs.

This is another nice end-grain block of Texas Honey Mesquite. It is entirely reddish-brown Mesquite heartwood. The grain is a strong and attractive linear pattern.

The pith of the log passes thru a portion of this block, from one end-grain face (top photo) to the lower portion of an adjacent side (upper face, bottom photo). And, there are several small, very tight radial cracks associated with that pith (again, upper face, bottom photo). These are classic Mesquite growth features and generally quite stable; I would simply reinforce them with thin CA glue before turning. You may also want to fill the small open hole that marks the center of the pith. I see no other significant cracks, checks or flaws.


Mesquite M-678 $20.00


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Mesquite M-681
3"x 3"x 10"
2-1/2 lbs.

This is another near-perfect end-grain block of Texas Honey Mesquite, only this one exhibits some burly character. Again, it is almost entirely reddish-brown Mesquite heartwood but does include a thin wedge of old sapwood on the back side (left side, bottom photo). Most of that sapwood will turn off as the block is roughed to round. The overall grain pattern is strong and linear, but does include several patches of prominent burl buds (both photos, but you have to look closely on the bottom photo due to the low-angle view of the sapwood). Most of that burly character is associated with, and partially obscured by, that wedge of sapwood. I am not sure how deep the burly character extends below the sapwood.

I see no cracks, checks or major flaws. However, there are three frass-filled beetle holes visible at the base of the sapwood on one edge (bottom photo, upper edge of the sapwood on left side). Those beetle holes will turn off as the block is rounded, but more may be present within the remaining sapwood (if all is not turned-off) and may require further attention.


Mesquite M-681 $25.00


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Mesquite M-628
3"x 3" x 8"
2-1/2 lbs.

This is another nice end-grain block of Texas Honey Mesquite. It is mostly reddish-brown heartwood but includes a slab of sapwood (and "missing-bark" wane) on one end of the backside. It was cut from the smaller limb of a large crotch and the grain pattern is strong and linear to moderately complex. (Note - my camera went crazy on the bottom photo - the color balance is way off! The true colors are those of the top photo).

Cut from close to the pith of that limb, two old, pith-related radial cracks extend into this blank. Located very close to the left edge and corner (far end of the annotated face on the top photo, and lower right corner of the end-grain face on the bottom photo), most of those old cracks will turn off and leave only the very tight (and stable) tail-ends. I see no other flaws.



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Mesquite M-628 $20.00


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Mesquite M-632
3"x 3" x 6"
1-1/2 lbs.

This is another smaller end-grain block of Texas Honey Mesquite. It is primarily the reddish-brown of Mesquite heartwood but includes a wedge of grayish-yellow sapwood and "missing-bark" wane on one corner. Most of that sapwood will turn off as the blank is rounded.

It was also cut from very close to the pith of the log and a small section of pith remains on one corner (top photo). Again, the very tail-ends of several small, tight and minor radial cracks are present (all visible as spalt-stained lines on the top photo). Most will turn off completely as the blank is roughed to round but I would reinforce any remaining traces with thin CA glue. I see no other flaws.


Mesquite M-632 $10.00


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Mesquite Lot 233
3"x 3"x 9-1/2"
2-1/2 lbs.

This is an interesting and attractive end-grain block of Texas Honey Mesquite. The primary color is the rich reddish brown typical of our Texas Mesquite heartwood, but there is also a thick strip of light brown sapwood on two sides and the intermediate edge, and a large area of "wane" on that edge, where the bark has popped off (both photos). Much of the sapwood and all of the "wane" will turn off as the block is rounded. There is a nice grain pattern with some burly character and an area of chatoyance below the sapwood. The chatoyance is clearly visible on three sides so it should carry thru and be prominent in the finished piece.

There was one prominent crack on two sides and the adjacent edge (top photo). At one time I had plans for this piece myself, so I reinforced and filled (mostly) that crack with black epoxy. It should be tight, but one tail end of the crack needs some additional CA glue. If someone doesn't buy it soon, I may go ahead and turn it myself - that grain will is very nice. I see no cracks or other significant flaws.


Mesquite Lot 233 $25.00








Bowl blanks - small square, round and half-log blocks

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Mesquite Blank M-919
8" x 9"x 4"
8 lbs.

This is an interesting and somewhat challenging half-log, bowl blank of Texas Honey Mesquite. The overall color is the deep reddish brown of mesquite heartwood surrounded by a thin band of yellow sapwood, with a near-full dark brown bark on the backside. There is also a wide, apparently shallow patch of darker brown spalt coloring across the face of the blank.

M-919 should be suitable for a bowl 7" in diameter and 3-1/2 to 4" deep. And, with that near-full bark on the backside, you would also have the option of turning either a conventional bowl or a "barky" natural-edge bowl. However, if you want a full bark edge on the "natural" rim, you will need to secure the bark with CA glue before, and possibly during turning. This blank comes from an older log and the bark is not as tight as that from a fresh log. Note - All of that spalting on the annotated face of this blank will likely turn-off if a NE bowl is turned; most will turn off in hollowing the center if a conventional bowl form is turned.

I cut the log in half directly thru the pith to produce this blank, so most of the actual pith is not present. However, several very thin radial cracks associated with the pith are present at that cut face and exposed at one end-grain face (top and 2nd photos). These are very thin and I would simply reinforce them with thin CA glue before turning. Note, in a NE bowl form, all of those pith-related cracks are likely to turn off.

In addition, another tight to thin but open crack is present on the opposite end of the blank. The very thin portion of the crack is clearly a drying check and can be readily stabilized with thin CA glue. I am not certain of the nature of the larger portion of that crack, but probing with a thin wire suggests that it is only about 1-1/2" deep. In either a conventional or NE bowl form, most if not all of that open crack will also turn off. Again, use of thin (and medium?) CA glue is recommended.

I see no other cracks, checks or significant flaws.



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Mesquite Blank M-919 $30.00


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Mesquite Blank M-920
7-1/2" x 9"x 3-1/2"
7-3/4 lbs.

This is a very nice half-log, bowl blank of Texas Honey Mesquite. The overall color is also the deep reddish brown of mesquite heartwood surrounded by a thin band of yellow sapwood, with an essentially full, dark brown bark on the backside. There is also a narrow and shallow patch of darker brown spalt coloring across the face of the blank.

M-920 should be suitable for a bowl 7" in diameter and 3 to 3-1/2" deep. And, with that near-full bark on the backside, you would also have the option of turning either a conventional bowl or a "barky" natural-edge bowl. However, if you want a full bark edge on the "natural" rim, you will need to secure the bark with CA glue before, and possibly during turning. This blank comes from an older log and the bark is not as tight as it might be from a fresh log. Note - that spalting on the annotated face of this blank will turn-off if a NE bowl is turned, and most will also turn off in hollowing the center if a conventional bowl form is turned.

I cut the log in half directly thru the pith to produce this blank, and all of the pith was removed in this half. I see no radial cracks associated with that absent pith through the center of this blank. However, a single very thin, brown spalt-stained, radial-oriented crack is present on the edge of annotated edge/end-grain face (first and second photo) that may be the very tail end of an old pith-related crack. In addition, a similar, possible radial crack is present in a similar position on the opposite end of the blank (end-grain face, third and forth photo). In addition, there is a single, very thin, and irregular crack that looks somewhat like a ring-type crack on one side, as well as a single, long and very thin, isolated radial crack (or drying check) on that same end-grain face (all very apparent on the forth photo).

I cannot guarantee that there are no other cracks deep within this blank, but I am pretty confident that these visible cracks will turn off as the blank is roughed to round. I see no other cracks, checks or significant flaws.


Mesquite Blank M-920 $35.00


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Mesquite Lot M-881
~5-7/8" diameter x ~2-3/4" thick
3-1/4 lbs.

This is a very nice, smaller bowl blank of burly Texas Honey Mesquite. Due to thinning on one corner, it is likely to yield a bowl of no more than 5" diameter and 2-1/2" depth. It was also cut specifically from the outer portion of the burly Mesquite log to include several clusters of burl buds, burly grain and burl-related ray patterns.

The colors include the rich reddish-brown of Mesquite heartwood, the bright golden yellow of our Mesquite sapwood and the dark brown-black of Mesquite bark. I see no cracks, checks or other significant flaws.



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Mesquite Lot M-881 $30.00




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This bowl was recently turned from the same burly Texas Honey Mesquite listed below. Additional examples of Mesquite turnings are presented on our companion website
Prairie's End Woodshop.






REMINDER - if you are looking for larger Mesquite bowl blanks, don't forget to check our other page "Larger Mesquite Blanks and Other Interesting Pieces"
(http://www.texaswoodcrafts.net/mesquite/bowlblanks.asp)










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Mesquite M-884
3-1/2"x 12"x 3/4"
3/4 lb.

This is a very nice small slab of very burly Texas Honey Mesquite. It would also be suitable for resawing to make knife handles, pistol grips and other small-scale projects. It is mainly the reddish-brown of Mesquite heartwood with numerous prominent burl buds within a beautiful complex burly grain, and includes a strong degree of chatoyance within the more burly portions.

I see no cracks, checks or other significant flaws.



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Mesquite M-884 $20.00


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Mesquite M-885
3-1/2"x 12"x 3/4"
1 lb.

This is another nice small slab of very burly Texas Honey Mesquite. It would also be suitable for resawing to make knife handles, pistol grips and other small-scale projects. It is mainly the reddish-brown of Mesquite heartwood with complex burly grain and a strong radiating pattern of grain-crossing burl bud rays and a very strong degree of chatoyance. Note, the burl buds that form those very prominent rays lie parallel to the cut faces, so they are not readily visible as exposed "buds".

There is a prominent ring-type (grain-parallel) crack on one edge (both photos). At the moment, that crack is quite sound, but I would reinforce it with thin CA glue before proceeding with any resaw or other machine work. I see no other cracks, checks or significant flaws.



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Mesquite M-885 $20.00


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Mesquite M-886
5-3/4"x 12-1/2"x 1"
1-1/4 lb.

This is another nice small slab of burly Texas Honey Mesquite. It would also be suitable for resawing to make knife handles, pistol grips and other small-scale projects (such as a wood-carved/burned/engraved desktop plaque). It is mainly the reddish-brown of Mesquite heartwood with one large and several small clusters of burl buds within a complex burly grain and a subtle radiating pattern of grain-crossing rays.

There is a weakness in the smaller end of the slab - an open hole that I took to be a beetle bore hole, but now see is just decay, as well as one ring-type (grain parallel) crack (I should have trimmed that whole end off!). In addition, there are several dark brown, zig-zag lines that may be smaller cracks. Those small, possible cracks are quite tight and I would simply reinforce them with thin CA glue before working this wood. I see no other cracks, checks or significant flaws.



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Mesquite M-886 $15.00


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Mesquite M-890
6"x 20"x 3/4"
1-3/4 lbs.

This is another attractive slab of burly Texas Honey Mesquite. It would also be suitable for resawing to make knife handles, pistol grips and other small-scale projects (such as a wood-carved/burned/engraved desktop plaque). It is mainly the reddish-brown of Mesquite heartwood with several small to medium-size clusters of burl buds, as well as a prominent, radiating pattern of grain-crossing rays.

I see no cracks, checks or other significant flaws.



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Mesquite M-890 $20.00


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Mesquite M-893
5-1/4"x 12"x 5/8"
1 lb.

This is another attractive, smaller slab of burly Texas Honey Mesquite. It would also be suitable for resawing to make knife handles, pistol grips and other small-scale projects (such as a wood-carved/burned/engraved desktop plaque). It is mainly the reddish-brown of Mesquite heartwood with several small to medium-size clusters of burl buds, within a gently swirling grain pattern.

I see no cracks, checks or other significant flaws.



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Mesquite M-893 $15.00


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Mesquite M-894
5-3/4"x 12"x 5/8"
1-1/4 lbs.

This is another attractive, smaller slab of burly Texas Honey Mesquite. It would also be suitable for resawing to make knife handles, pistol grips and other small-scale projects (such as a wood-carved/burned/engraved desktop plaque). It is mainly the reddish-brown of Mesquite heartwood with several small to medium-size clusters of burl buds, within a gently swirling grain pattern and smaller areas of grain-crossing burl bud rays.

I see no significant flaws.



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Mesquite M-894 $15.00


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Mesquite M-855
5"x 9"x 3/4"
3/4 lb.

This is just a nice small slab cut-off thru two burly knobs on the outside of a very burly Texas Honey Mesquite log. The grain pattern is very nice around one large and several smaller clusters of burl buds. I see it as useful for a small plaque or to be cut down into unique coasters.

I see no cracks, checks or other significant flaws.



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Mesquite M-855 $15.00


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Mesquite M-856
5"x 12"x 3/4"
1-1/4 lb.

This is another nice small slab cut-off thru two burly knobs on the outside of a very burly Texas Honey Mesquite log. The grain pattern is very nice around two good-sized clusters of burl buds, and includes a number of attractive, radiating burly rays. I see it as useful for a small plaque or to be cut down into unique coasters.

I see no cracks, checks or other significant flaws.



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Mesquite M-856 $15.00


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Mesquite blank M-788
3" x 12-1/4" x 3/4"
1 lb.

This is another nice plain-sawn board of Mesquite cut from the outer portion of a burly log. It is almost entirely reddish-brown Mesquite heartwood with just a small wedge of yellow sapwood and brown bark on one bottom edge. There are three short lines of individual burl buds crossing the annotated face, one toward the middle, the second toward the upper end below the annotations, and the third essentially below the "788" of the annotations at the top of the board. They are strong, linear to gently curving grain patterns and extend through the board to also be visible on the back side.

I see no cracks, checks or other significant flaws. However, there are two prominent, dark brown bark inclusions on the lower portion of the annotated face. These features are quite sound and I do not consider them to be flaws.


Mesquite Blank M-788 $15.00


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Mesquite Lot M-692
3" x 11" x 1"
3/4 lb.

This is a nice plain-sawn, 4/4 board of Texas Honey Mesquite. It is entirely reddish-brown Mesquite heartwood.

There is a small, open but very shallow beetle hole at the edge of one end (top photo). I see no cracks, checks or other significant flaws.


Mesquite Lot M-692 $8.00


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Mesquite Lot M-693
3" x 10-1/4" x 1"
3/4 lb.

This is a nice plain/rift-sawn, 4/4 board of Texas Honey Mesquite. It is entirely reddish-brown Mesquite heartwood.

I see no cracks, checks or other significant flaws.


Mesquite Lot M-693 $8.00


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Mesquite Lot M-694
2-1/2" x 11-1/2" x 1"
3/4 lb.

This is a nice rift-sawn, 4/4 board of Texas Honey Mesquite. It is mainly reddish-brown Mesquite heartwood but includes a thin patch of grayish/yellow brown sapwood on the back side.

I see no cracks, checks or other significant flaws.


Mesquite Lot M-694 $8.00


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Mesquite M-575
3"x 7"x 1"
3/4 lbs.

This is another nice piece of burly Texas Honey Mesquite. Yes I see the flaws - multiple cracks on one side - but it should be good for at least one cheap set of beautiful knife scales or pistol grips.



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Mesquite M-575 $8.00


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Mesquite M-514
3" x 10-1/4" x 5/8"
1 lb.

This is a beautiful, quarter-sawn Mesquite board cut from the outer portion of a burly log. The color is the reddish-brown of Mesquite heartwood, with a strong linear grain pattern that undulates under the influence of several burl buds. Those burly buds also result in a number of grain-crossing rays and a nice light-reflecting chatoyance.

I see absolutely no cracks, checks, bug holes or other obvious flaws. Those light gray-black patches on one side are just surface smudges from my less-than-clean jointer table!



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Mesquite M-514 $20.00


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Mesquite M-515
2-3/4" x 8-1/4" x 3/4"
3/4 lb.

This is a very nice quarter-sawn board cut from the heart of the Mesquite log. The color is the reddish-brown of Mesquite heartwood, with a strong linear grain pattern.

The tail-ends of two pith-related radial cracks remain in one face (lower right side, top photo), made distinctive by a darker-brown spalt staining. Being the extreme tail ends of old growth cracks, they are quite tight and shallow, and should be no future problem, but the price reflects these "flaws". I see absolutely no other cracks, checks or flaws. Those light gray-black patches/stripes on the back side are just surface smudges from my less-than-clean jointer table!


Mesquite M-515 $10.00


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Mesquite M-517A
3" x 5-3/4" x 1/2"
1/4 lb.

This is a very nice, small quarter-sawn board cut from the heart of a burly Mesquite log. It is one of a set of five book-matched boards (others listed below, as M517B thru E) that are likely suitable for knife slips, pistol grips or other small projects. The color is the reddish-brown of Mesquite heartwood, with a strong linear grain pattern. This first one has a long-thin juvenile twig (the product of a burl bud??) extending thru on the back face.

I see no cracks, checks or other flaws.


Mesquite M-517A $10.00


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Mesquite M-517B
3" x 5-3/4" x 1/2"
1/4 lb.

This is another small quarter-sawn board - one of the set of five book-matched boards of the M-517 set. The color is the reddish-brown of Mesquite heartwood, with a strong linear grain pattern. This one includes subtle, grain-crossing rays related to the nearby burl bud crossing the annotated face.

I see no cracks, checks or other flaws.


Mesquite M-517B $10.00


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Mesquite M-517C
3" x 5-3/4" x 1/2"
1/4 lb.

This is another small quarter-sawn board - one of the set of five book-matched boards of the M-517 set. The color is the reddish-brown of Mesquite heartwood, with a strong linear grain pattern. This one also includes subtle, grain-crossing rays and the very edge of the grain disruption from that nearby burl bud on the back side.

I see no cracks, checks or other flaws.


Mesquite M-517C $10.00


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Mesquite M-517D
3" x 5-3/4" x 1/2"
1/4 lb.

This is another small quarter-sawn board - one of the set of five book-matched boards of the M-517 set. The color is the reddish-brown of Mesquite heartwood, with a strong linear grain pattern. This one also features the strong grain disruption and grain-crossing rays of one large and several smaller burls - all of which are visible on both sides.

I see no cracks, checks or other flaws.


Mesquite M-517D $12.00


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Mesquite M-517E
3" x 5-3/4" x 1/2"
1/4 lb.

This is another small quarter-sawn board - the last of the set of five book-matched boards of the M-517 set. The color is the reddish-brown of Mesquite heartwood, with a strong linear grain pattern. This one also features the strong grain disruption and grain-crossing rays of one large and several smaller burls - all of which are visible on both sides.

I see no cracks, checks or other flaws.


Mesquite M-517E $12.00


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Mesquite M-519
2-3/4" x 7" x 3/4"
3/4 lb.

This is another nice small, rift-sawn Mesquite board. The color is the reddish-brown of Mesquite heartwood, with a strong, gently undulating grain pattern. This block includes two interesting and eye-catching linear pockets of "included bark" (both photos.

I see no cracks, checks or other flaws. Those light gray-black patches on the back side are just surface smudges from my less-than-clean jointer table!


Mesquite M-519 $8.00


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Mesquite M-522
2" x 15" x 5/8"
1 lb.

This is another nice, smaller Mesquite board. It is quarter-sawn over most of the length but rotates to rift-sawn on the other end. The color is the reddish-brown of Mesquite heartwood. The grain forms a very pleasant, gently undulating pattern.

p I see no cracks, checks or other flaws.



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Mesquite M-522 $8.00


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Mesquite Lot M-446
3"x 1-1/4"x 8-1/4"
1-1/2 lbs.

This is a rectangular block of Mesquite cut from the outer portion of the log. The grain is strong swirling pattern and the color is the rich reddish-brown of Mesquite heartwood.

There is a single radial crack that extends ~1-1/2" into one end of the block. I see no other cracks, checks or obvious flaws.



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Mesquite Lot M-446 $10.00


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Mesquite Lot M-328
6"x 12-1/2"x 5"
11-1/2 lbs.

This is a large irregular rectangular block of beautiful burly Texas Honey Mesquite. I would normally cut it down to use or sell in smaller blanks, but I do not need it at the moment (I have more), and I was not sure exactly what others might want in something like this. I also anticipated a good bit of waste with that cutting, so I decided to list it as one large block and let someone else make those hard decisions!!

As you can see from the photos, it is roughly 60/40 rich reddish-brown heartwood and golden-yellow sapwood. The grain pattern is highly figured and very burly, with many small to large burl buds, extensive "flame-type" figures (strong radiating rays??) and a strong optical chatoyance on most faces. It is beautiful.

I see absolutely no cracks, checks or other structural flaws. But it does contain several significant cosmetic flaws, including:
1) An irregular overall shape and a large, bark-lined depression on one face (upper left end, top photo).
2) Irregular patches of Mesquite bark on five corners.
3) One large and open borer hole in one end (bottom photo). My "toothpick" probing suggests that it is at least 3" deep, and
4) Several gappy bark inclusions.
Most all of these "flaws" could be considered "character features" in a finished piece if you have the imagination and skill.



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Mesquite Lot M-328 $120.00




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Mesquite Lot M-362
2"x 10-1/2"x 7/8"
3/4 lbs.

This is another attractive, narrow board of burly Texas Honey Mesquite. It is primarily the rich reddish-brown of Mesquite heartwood with a nice burly character on the upper portion of the annotated face. I do not know what those speckled dark-brown spots are on the lower right side of the annotated face It may be suitable to re-saw for, among other things - boxes, pistol grips or knife handles.

There is one small, brown-stained crack on the right side of the annotated face (top photo). I see no other cracks, checks or other structural flaws.


Mesquite Lot M-362 $5.00


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Mesquite Lot 175
3"x 2-1/4"x 12"
3-1/2 lbs.

This is an interesting rectangular end-grain block of Mesquite cut from the center of a crotch. The grain is strong and attractive and, on one side, symmetrical around what appears to be a long, thin, barky crotch gap (back side, bottom photo). The color is the rich reddish-brown of Mesquite heartwood on the front and the darker brown of moderately spalted Mesquite on the backside.

I see no cracks, checks or other obvious flaws.


Mesquite Lot 175 $18.00


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Mesquite Lot 103
2-7/8" x 2-3/4" x 7"
2 lbs.

This is a nice plain-sawn block of Texas Honey Mesquite that would be suitable for small work such as knife handles, segmented turning material, resawing for boxes or pen blanks, etc. The grain is strong and very attractive and there is a lot of very nice Mesquite wood here.

There is an area of sapwood and bark on one end of the back side. I see no cracks or obvious flaws.



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Mesquite Lot 103 $10.00




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This delicate goblet was recently turned from some of the same Texas Honey Mesquite listed on this site. Additional examples of Mesquite turnings are presented on our companion website Prairie's End Woodshop.






Listing last updated 3 June 2016


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