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Project by TXsawdust posted 03-25-2009 07:21 PM 1548 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This chunk of mesquite was cut just above the root. As a result,it has quite a bit of burl grain in it. There was a limb that had grown out very low on the tree and it gave the piece a very interesting crotch grain effect to part of it. The last two pics show the piece as I got it. As with all mesquite it has voids and checks. I chose to leave the voids alone and filled the cracks with turquoise nuggets and epoxy. It is carved,not turned and is approximately 22×18 x 11 tall. A very fun project because as I carved it, it kept changing the direction I thought it was going in and I really didn’t know what I was going to end up with until well into it. But that is one of the great things about mesquite. It will change your mind for you :)

-- Cogito,igitur sculpo.......I think,therefore I carve





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mtnwild

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#1 posted 03-25-2009 07:27 PM

Gorgeous, great wood. Cool seeing the beginning. Thanks…......

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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bamasawduster

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#2 posted 03-25-2009 07:30 PM

Knockout bowl you got there guy. I understand your comment about following the wood and having no idea sometimes where it’s going. I really enjoy carving bowls. It’s almost therapeutic. There’s some really cool carvers here on LJ and your for sure a great addition. You give me one more to learn from. Sure would like to have a chunk of mesquite to play with. Spent 11 years in New Mexico and really regret not bringing some of that with me when I left. Most of the wood I have been working with is oak and popular. Have some large cedar in the back yard that I’m gonna play with real soon. Keep up the good work and keep posting to inspire us less talented.

-- Gary, Huntsville. Two wrongs don't make a right, but three lefts do.

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John Gray

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#3 posted 03-25-2009 07:36 PM

It’s a beauty!!!! Thanks for posting.

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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woodworm

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#4 posted 03-25-2009 07:44 PM

Nice shape and excellent finish!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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savannah505

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#5 posted 03-25-2009 07:52 PM

Now thats a good looking bowl, hope to work with some mesquite someday.

-- Dan Wiggins

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GaryK

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#6 posted 03-25-2009 07:54 PM

It’s amazing what you can get out of a chunk of wood.
Great job!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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leonmcd

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#7 posted 03-25-2009 10:09 PM

So what did you use to carve this?

I have a mesquite stump I’ve been saving. This looks like a good use for it.

Only problem, I’ve never carved anything. Any suggestions on books, videos, or tutorials?

-- Leon -- Houston, TX - " I create all my own designs and it looks like it "

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