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06-01-2016 02:20 AM

Here are 3 mesquite bowls averaging 14” OD and ranging from 3 1/2” to 4 3/4’ tall. Wall thickness on all is 3/8”. I thought I’d throw in this picture of the hickory cabinet with Saguaro rib doors because of the bowls on the top. This is actually the first evidence of me even knowing how to build a cabinet….. Sorry if anyone is offended of a square object in a round forum….... Jerry (in Tucson)

-- Jerry (in Tucson)


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#1 posted 06-01-2016 03:23 AM

That is a handsome cabinet. I’d like to know more about the Saguaro doors.

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#2 posted 06-01-2016 03:56 AM

Rarely have I ever seen nice big chunks of mesquite that didn’t have splits and cracks. You’re a lucky fellow. Can you show us closer pictures?

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#3 posted 06-01-2016 08:35 AM

Nice cabinet Jerry.Lets see some closer pics of those mesquite bowls.

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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#4 posted 06-01-2016 01:53 PM

Kirk, these mesquite bowls are from Chilean Mesquite. They were imported because they are a fast growing tree. I’ve seen them upwards of 24-30” trunks 8-10’ high with canopies possibly 30’ tall or more. Of course, drooling doesn’t help if they’re still in the ground and you can only look, but every now and then, I get lucky. I managed to be able to get 3 standing trunks that were right at 20” OD that I was able to get the 14 “OD bowls from. The trunks are never round, but irregular.

They were turned to finish super wet. I had to wash the sap off my glasses twice to be able to see what I was doing. After turning, I bagged them for a couple weeks. I took them out of the bags and set them on the only flat surface in my house, my wood burning stove. Nope, no fire. They’ve been done now for 2 months with absolutely no cracking from drying. ................... Jerry (in Tucson)

The bowl in the middle and right side do have tiny pith cracks. Those are cracks that will always appear immediately after cutting. Since Mesquite is stable, they don’t travel any more than what you see after cutting…...

-- Jerry (in Tucson)

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#5 posted 06-01-2016 03:01 PM

Nubs/Jerry, thanks for sharing that. Amazing.

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#6 posted 06-01-2016 04:12 PM



Kirk, these mesquite bowls are from Chilean Mesquite. They were imported because they are a fast growing tree. I ve seen them upwards of 24-30” trunks 8-10 high with canopies possibly 30 tall or more. Of course, drooling doesn t help if they re still in the ground and you can only look, but every now and then, I get lucky. I managed to be able to get 3 standing trunks that were right at 20” OD that I was able to get the 14 “OD bowls from. The trunks are never round, but irregular.

They were turned to finish super wet. I had to wash the sap off my glasses twice to be able to see what I was doing. After turning, I bagged them for a couple weeks. I took them out of the bags and set them on the only flat surface in my house, my wood burning stove. Nope, no fire. They ve been done now for 2 months with absolutely no cracking from drying. ................... Jerry (in Tucson)

The bowl in the middle and right side do have tiny pith cracks. Those are cracks that will always appear immediately after cutting. Since Mesquite is stable, they don t travel any more than what you see after cutting…...

- Nubsnstubs

How does the grain and texture compare to the mesquite we have around here? Do you have any up close photos?

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#7 posted 06-02-2016 03:13 AM

Hey Woody, or Chavez, the wood is about the same as far as density and ease of turning. The grain lines are more pronounced.

Since you live in Mesquite country, you know that there will always be crotches in the trees, abou ground level up to about 3 feet. These South American trees will grow a single trunk up to 5-6-7 feet if conditions are right before they crotch.

There are probably a lot of these trees in Yuma’s parks and neighborhoods if you go there. People want a fast growing tree that isn’t too thirsty.

I’ll get pictures in a couple days of these bowls and pictures of other things I’ve done. There 45 bowls sitting on my table from 4” up to the 15” bowls sitting on my table. It’s a good thing the better half likes what I do. ..... ......... Jerry (in Tucson)

-- Jerry (in Tucson)

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#8 posted 06-02-2016 03:30 AM



Hey Woody, or Chavez, the wood is about the same as far as density and ease of turning. The grain lines are more pronounced. Since you live in Mesquite country, you know that there will always be crotches in the trees, abou ground level up to about 3 feet. These South American trees will grow a single trunk up to 5-6-7 feet if conditions are right before they crotch.

There are probably a lot of these trees in Yuma s parks and neighborhoods if you go there. People want a fast growing tree that isn t too thirsty.

I ll get pictures in a couple days of these bowls and pictures of other things I ve done. There 45 bowls sitting on my table from 4” up to the 15” bowls sitting on my table. It s a good thing the better half likes what I do. ..... ......... Jerry (in Tucson)

- Nubsnstubs

Yup, I’ve seen some that are nothing but a solid large trunk. I actually have one waiting until I can get something large enough to slab it.

It’s about 6’ long and 36” wide. I can do up to 22” only right now so it’s sitting there along with some other pieces from the same tree.

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