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Archive for October, 2009

Crazy or Creative?: Working with Mesquite to Make a Picture Frame

Thursday, October 8th, 2009
Mesquite frame finished and hung

Mesquite frame finished and hung

Those who work with mesquite may appear a little nuts to woodworkers who are used to the likes of cherry, walnut, oak, and similar woods.

Mesquite’s beauty comes from a different breed of criteria other than clear wood.  Namely the worm holes, splits, checks, knots, and bark inclusions that characterize the tree and her timber.  “High quality” has an entirely different definition when it comes to mesquite lumber.

Some years ago, I had a customer lodge a demand for mesquite that was 8″ wide and totally clear – he needed a lot of it too.  I had to tell him, not out of opinion but of fact, “If you absolutely need it that wide and that clear without cutting or gluing, you don’t want mesquite.”

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