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Old 02-07-2010, 06:42 PM
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Wood Sculpture, Mesquite

I'm a returning member, and commission sculptor in most media. Currently working with dried mesquite logs (put up in 2002), and recently have a western motif piece finished. Is anyone else working with mesquite? Joe
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Old 02-07-2010, 06:58 PM
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Re: Wood Sculpture, Mesquite

hi joe i like working with wood but havent tried Mesquite yet. you should show some pics in the image gallery would love to check it out.
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Old 02-07-2010, 07:21 PM
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Re: Wood Sculpture, Mesquite

Chris, I'll post most shortly. I'm currently on my laptop and most of the photos are on our main box. These are a few that are here. Please note that "Something Evil" is not mesquite, but found driftwood assembled as a mixed media piece. Thanks for the reply. Joe
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Old 02-07-2010, 09:12 PM
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Re: Wood Sculpture, Mesquite

nice work joe. that mesquite wood looks like real nice stuff.
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Old 02-08-2010, 10:13 AM
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Re: Wood Sculpture, Mesquite

I'm curious as to how mesquite compares for hardness to other woods as I've heard it's harder than the hobs of Hell.
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Old 02-08-2010, 04:44 PM
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Re: Wood Sculpture, Mesquite

I've only used messquite a couple of times, as it is difficult to get if you are not in the South or West. It carved beautifully, like a hard mahogany or "African mahogany".
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Old 02-08-2010, 05:06 PM
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Re: Wood Sculpture, Mesquite

I carve mesquite all the time, hard yes but not as hard as Osage orange.
I power carve it with a harbor tech, it's far easier to carve green or air dried
for less than a year.
It won't crack like softer wood and the buffer makes for a nice finish.
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Old 02-09-2010, 11:31 AM
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Re: Wood Sculpture, Mesquite

I'm a traditional carver i.e gouges, chisels, etc. and mallet. I noticed CRAIGTX is a power carver, so while I appreciate his answer, it really doesn't relate to my methodology and wolff, you didn't mention what you use, so wolff what's your method?
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Old 02-10-2010, 01:07 AM
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Re: Wood Sculpture, Mesquite

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so wolff what's your method?
Tools are just tools. I'd chew the wood if that would work.

In the work I'm doing now, I use mostly an electric chainsaw, surfaced with planes and spokeshaves, and accented with areas of detail carved with edge tools, but I've served my years as a traditional carver.

I carved the mesquite mostly with a knife and one small gouge. The pieces I had were small, but like I said, it felt like a hard mahogany. Interlocking grain, hardish and a little brittle, but not difficult to carve. Nice color. But it's a small tree, so I'd imagine that you get a fair amount of funky grain...
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Old 02-10-2010, 07:03 AM
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It carved beautifully, like a hard mahogany or "African mahogany".
i have carved african mahogany by hand. it was really really nice stuff hard, but carved very nice. and the smell was great. the colour was like an old penny 1 of my favs. if Mesquite is anything like that it should be a pleasure to carve
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Old 02-10-2010, 11:50 AM
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Thanks guys, I've done mahogany, walnut, oak, etc. and if it's like mahogony than that's all I really need to know.
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