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Next Friday, a friend from Canada and I will venture into the wilds of the Sonoran Desert south of Tucson, AZ to harvest some Mesquite. Hopefully, we'll get some good stuff.
A current project requires resawing 5.5" Mesquite and I've had quite a time with it. Finally determined that I needed to tighten the belt on my Shopsmith. Cuts like butter now….well a lot better, anyhow.
Sort of a rambling intro to a project build I will photo shoot. It is a series of pistol presentation boxes, built entirely from Mesquite and lined with leather.
So far, I have only made the piece which nestles the pistol and magazine (Glock) and have the pieces resawn. Resawing has exposed some very interesting voids which will be filled with turquoise chips and silver. I use dental amalgam for the silver and casting resin to bind the turquoise chips.
Still cogitating on the method of cornering the box. Leaning towards keyed miters.
Stay tuned.
Gene
 

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Hi Gene!

Sounds like a great project! Where are you getting the turquoise chips? We are currently in N.CA, and expect to be here till Early April. If you want to make your trip around 6 April or so, I'll join you. I've also added a new band saw to my shop, so resawing Mesquite or most other woods is no issue.
 

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Gerry: I get a lot from jewelry makers in Scottsdale, some from Tucson and some other chips of semi precious stones in Holbrook at a place that cuts and polishes HUGE stones. Like 6' dia. petrified logs.

Antonio: I'm no advertising guy. But now, I must live up to your expectations. And, after seeing your work, I have a lot to live up to.
BTW, Wife and I and my two sisters visited Talisen West again a few weeks ago. Quite impressive as always. Things keep changing there. New students, new ideas.

Gene
 
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