Some friends of mine about 1 1/2 hours southeast of here lost a big mesquite in the storms we had in SoCal last December. I stopped by and picked some up on my way back home from NM earlier this month. (I actually stopped by their tree trimmer's place. He'd stockpiled it in his woodlot, planning to sell it as firewood once it's dried.) I could only fit three chunks (80 pounds or so each) in my loaded SUV, but I'm planning to get back down there with the pickup before too long and get a real haul. There were some BIG chunks in the pile. This stuff was still sloppy wet, and nice to turn. I turned these all to finished thickness, then let them dry a couple weeks. They didn't move much, although the flatter bowls warped a bit.
All these are finished with Formby's Tung Oil Finish and buffed with PL compound, with Renaissance wax over that.
10" x 2 3/4", with a burned and beveled rim:
10" x 2", with a dyed rim:
8 1/4" x 3 1/4, with a boring rim:
5 3/4" x 5 1/2", about 1/8" thick walls:
When I go back to the woodlot, I plan to take a pickup load of oak to give to the guy for his firewood stash. It's dried and cracked too much for me to use, and it should help make up for some of the lost potential income the guy would be getting from the mesquite. (The wood guy is a good friend of my friends through their church, so he had no qualms about me taking some of the wood. The oak will be a bonus for him.)
C & C welcome, as always.