Mesquite

mesquite color

Mesquite slab at Collector’s Specialty Hardwoods near Denver, above. Long live edge slabs at King Mesquite near Tucson, right.

kingmesquite04-sm

fry - mesquitearmoire0b

nesbitt dining table

Armoire, left, features walnut frame and mesquite panels, by Louis Fry of Dripping Springs, TX. Mesquite slab dining table by Earl Nesbitt of Edgewood, NM.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Just a quick love letter to the Southwest’s one true hardwood – mesquite. You might know it as the stuff of rangeland fence posts and back yard barbecues, but … it has higher uses.

Furniture makers are drawn to mesquite for its color – a deep red and orange – and its character. The wood is fine grained and, because the trees are small, the lumber is often marked with “defects”, i.e. knot holes, worm holes, ingrown bark. Used carefully, these can make eye-catching details. The lumber is often used in live-edge slabs, but also looks handsome when milled square and incorporated into more rectilinear forms.

Mesquite is among the hardest of hardwoods, making it tough on tools. The trade-off is that it is also exceptionally stable. It doesn’t swell and contract as much as other woods do with seasonal changes in humidity.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s