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On a trip to visit friends and family through out Texas. Having delivered some gifts, we had extra room to carry some Mesquite home if I could find some. A google search resulted in finding “Mesquite Time” a small woodworking business in Santa Anna, specializing as you might guess in working with Mesquite.
My thought was that I could get information about a source of mesquite.
Jerry, the owner and Jacob, 15 year old helper, greeted us and after explaining what I was looking for, they showed us the work shops and finished products, and then insisted we sit and eat a lunch of chili with them. While eating and visiting we learned that Jerry primarily built custom order Mesquite tables, while his wife and daughter turned bowls, goblets and platters as well as building chacuterie boards , lamps, pens, ornaments etc. he also spent time showing me his process for stabilizing (epoxy) his mesquite slabs.

Jerry told me he doesn’t “sell” mesquite wood as he can hardly mill enough for the products he makes, and then proceeded to pick out “scrap” for us. (2-3 feet lengths ranging , 6-12 inches wide and 1-1/4 to 2” thick. After filling all the available space in our 4 Runner, and tellin Jerry that I couldn’t take any more he handed me a burl formed by mistletoe on a mesquite branch. So, what I’m interested in knowing is, when cutting into the burl should I cut along the branch or crosscut into it?

I can’t say enough about the hospitality we experienced during our visit with Jerry and Jacob at “Mesquite Time” in Santa Anna.


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