I’ve worked with Black Mesquite before and I have quite enjoyed it. This time was no exception. Black Mesquite cuts very cleanly and requires little to no finish sanding which makes it very easy to work with, plus, the grain and figure is wild and unlike anything else I have seen. The color is a rich walnut tone.
This piece measures 7.5″ x 3″.
All major cuts were made using the Easy Wood Tool system on my Robust American Beauty lathe, although I do use Robert Sorby bowl gouges for light final passes before sanding. Forward chucking was in a Nova Chuck, while reverse chucking was done using a Nova Chuck with Cole Jaws. Sanding was with Gold and Green Wave sanding discs as well as Abranet screens from Packard Woodworks. Final finish is Shellawax.
As always, I wish all my readers a great experience in whatever your wood working interests happen to be and to those who like working with lathes especially, do a good turn today!