Turning Archive 2004
Dominic Greco in Richboro PA
Below are some pictures of a (2) Mesquite Hollow forms I turned over the past week.
I had never turned Mesquite before and was not prepared for the wonderful nature of this wood! The smell alone is enough to drive you completely nuts with hunger! I couldn't get the image of a huge platter of baby back ribs out of my mind. I got very popular with the guys down on the shop floor by handing out 1/4" x 1/4" x 6" long mesquite bbq-ing "sticks". These were all cut from the scrap left over from band-sawing out a blank.
The mesquite took an edge better than any wood I've turned so far. And the coloration in the sap and hardwood really floored me. Another nice feature of this wood is it's stability. Even if it's turned wet, it will retain it's shape nicely after drying.
Both of the forms were hollowed using a Scorpion Hollowing system. The (3) burned rings about each rim were made by holding veneer against a v-groove cut by a skew.
Outer dia.: 7"
Opening dia.: 2 3/4"
Height: 2 1/2" and 2"
Wall thickness: 1/4"
Base dia.: 3" and 2 3/4"
Sanding Method: Dry sanded to 2000 Grit.
Finish: Watco's Danish Oil
Final: Buffed with Beall System
Thanks for viewing.
See ya around,