Texas Mesquite Wood Bowl Turned Wooden Bowl Art
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Bowl number 5765 is a hand turned ring dish made from Texas Mesquite. Each of my bowls are signed, numbered and dated (year). This bowl is finished with a friction polish while still on the lathe.
This bowl measures 5 7/8″ across and is 2 1/4″ high.
Mesquite is native to many parts of Texas and the southern United States. It has for many years been considered to be a nuisance to farmers and ranchers and only in the past few decades has the mesquite flooring industry begun to evolve. Texas A&M at Kingsville has studied mesquite in the past and has published information about the mesquite tree and its wood and working properties. The most attractive feature of mesquite wood is its dimensional stability and hardness. From wet to dry mesquite loses less than 5% total of its volume while other woods can lose in excess of 15%. This means a mesquite floor is much less likely to move during extreme weather changes. Mesquite is harder than red oak and is much more stable.
Mesquite trees do not grow like pines or oak trees. They are often a twisted and gnarled tree with many bends. Straight lengths of 2 to 3 feet are common with longer pieces available but with less quantity. Mesquite milling from log to lumber or flooring is a labor intensive process. Because of its short lengths much machinery that is used in the logging and milling industry in the northern states, will not work with short mesquite logs. In addition some of the cracks can be so wide that it renders some of the lumber useless and can only be used for BBQ wood.
The thorny jewel of the American Southwest in the eyes of Native Americans, the mesquite tree of the Southwest represented both shade and sustenance. The tree’s sugar-rich bean pods fur nished food and drink. Its sap became black dye, gum, and medicine. And sewing needles were made from its sharp thorns. The tribes relied on mesquite wood, too, for fuel, arrows, lodge frames, and even plowshares. Later, pioneer hands worked mesquite into timbers, railroad ties, fence posts, wagon wheels, and sturdy rustic furniture. In the late 1800s, citizens of San Antonio paved the streets leading to their Texas shrine, the Alamo, with mesquite slabs. In testament to mesquite’s durability, remnants of the wood still surface from the activity of street maintenance. While most 20th-century craftsmen equate mesquite with only the barbecue grill, bands of aficionados promote the wood as furniture-class stock. Their efforts have lifted the wood’s reputation out of its native land.
Bryan Tyler Nelson is NELSONWOOD
I was first exposed to woodworking in my Junior High School years. It was just a class I took with my friends. I did turn a bowl, which I still have, but it was one of the scariest thing I ever did at that age. That was really the extent of it till around the year 1998 I was given 45 solid oak church pews, thus it began.
With the purchase of a surface planer, a second hand radial arm saw and a few hand tools I built bookcases, beds, benches and tables for friends and family. I found that I have a knack. I acquired all my knowledge and skill through trial and error and many hours of reading. Over the years I did small and big projects. But I found my true love (well second) when I purchased my first lathe a 14 Jet. After a year I bought a bigger lathe Oneway 2436 and started pushing the limits.
A day usually doesn’t go by with out something being turned. On a normal day Ill produce 3-10 turned items. I have over 5,000 bowls sold through retail and internet sales (I sign, date and number each bowl). Wood turning is what I spend most of my woodworking time on. I have a great respect and love of wood; if you were to look in my storage building and workshop, which hold between 80 to a 140 species of wood at any give time. You got to love the stuff to keep all this around!
Wood is the most perfect of gods creations. A living treasure of hidden beauty that remains hidden till it’s death. I am humbled to be able to reveal to all some of this hidden beauty. To help the trees live again, to be resurrected and shine again. I find great satisfaction in saving some of the local wood in my area from their final resting place, fire pit or dump. Some of the largest and great bowls have come from local woods in my own neighborhood.
If we, the human race, would put aside out greed and think clearly of how to use our forest, there would be no danger to our forest and jungles. The trees and people could live in harmony. Trees living long, then when their life force is spent they could live again with help of man. We just have to find the balance………….
All items listed in NELSONWOOD are handcrafted by Bryan Nelson a self taught woodworker and wood turner. He has a love for the inter beauty of wood and is constantly in search of the hidden treasure that mother nature has stowed away in trees.
His past work can be viewed at www.nelsonwood.com
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