Two Black Mesquite Dishes

I so enjoyed working with Black Mesquite earlier this year that I sourced a few more pieces and I enjoyed working with the Black Mesquite just as much as I remembered.

Black Mesquite Bowls 7 x 2

Black Mesquite is a nice hard wood that cuts super clean and requires next to no clean up sanding work, plus it has a nice variable color with a great swirling figure.  I’m glad I was able to find the pieces that I could since I have had no luck locating additional supplies.

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 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!