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    Mesquite wood question

    Wondering if anyone has ever turned Mesquite wood ? I got a call from someone who is cutting down one of their trees and wanted to know if i wanted some of the wood. Im not sure as i have never turned Mesquite nor do i know much about it............any thoughts ? Thanks

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    I've turned a couple pens from it. Don't recall anything especially memorable about the experience.

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    I got one chunk of Mesquite a while back, in a turning blank trade on SMC, it was really nice to to turn, I loved it and the color of it too. I understand it is one of the few woods that you can turn from start to finish with the wood green and NOT worry about it warping.

    It usually does not come in large chunks, so if you can get your hands on some decent pieces, I know I'd take it
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    me too and i dont turn! its pretty stuff...someday i will get my hands on some!!1
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    Great wood

    One of the few North American woods that can be threaded

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    Mesquite is great to turn. Like Stu said, you can turn a green blank to a finished piece with little to no warping and no cracking. It's very stable.

    I also love the smell.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Mosley View Post
    Wondering if anyone has ever turned Mesquite wood ? I got a call from someone who is cutting down one of their trees and wanted to know if i wanted some of the wood. Im not sure as i have never turned Mesquite nor do i know much about it............any thoughts ? Thanks
    Dan,
    A piece of mesquite is the culprit that got me into this turning thing ....
    I saw a bowl done by an artist down in Fredericksburg that was breath taking.

    Mesquite can be quite spectacular and it can be a little blahh... if you get some that has the reds and golds, it's great.

    It's pretty stable wood, not a lot of movement even when turned green. Some people do have some reactions to it though, you might take proper precautions. I know when we lived in the Dallas area-just north of Dallas in The Colony and sorounded by mesquites, my wife was allergic to the pollen or something about the trees... when we moved back to Houston her allergies went away.

    My take is take the wood.. free wood is good to get. Another use if you don't want to turn, it makes great smoking wood for brisket.
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    Dan I would get all I could. Mesquite is a wonderful wood to turn. You can pretty much turn it from start to finish even being green and it won't move or crack. Besides I let the chips dry and put them in my smoker.
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    Mesquite wood question

    Chuck, I may be wrong, but is mesquite in the same family as our Hawaiian Kiawe wood?

    It's pretty hard when dry, spilts a lot if not sealed when cut, and is down-right pretty.

    I have attached a picture of a gavel I turned out of DRY kiawe.

    Most of this wood gets burned here for bar-b-quing and firewood.

    It gets you itchy when the sawdust or shavings lay on your sweaty skin and it stains skin too. But the results were worth it. I have to find some green Kiawe to try turning.

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    I'd recommend picking up as much as you can. It's a great wood to turn, and like others said, it doesn't warp or crack much. It's also beautiful for natural edge bowls.

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