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Mesquite is a desert hardwood. To some, a weed; to us, to the suppliers
and to the harvesters, a beautiful timber of immense character. It is
in a similar vein to Zimbabwe Teak and Olive wood. Very hard, very stable,
diificult to obtain large dimensions, takes a beautiful finish, makes
an almost everlasting floor. It is ideal for fitting over under-floor
heating systems. We are purchasing from people who are deeply committed
to making best use of Earths natural resources rather than wasting them,
fulsomely replenshing them as they go, then investing in restoring what
has already been lost by the depradations of earlier generations.
This lovely floor combines mesquite with a variety
of other hardwoods to provide an elegant and luxurious ambience
and complement the elaborate neo-Baroque architecture.
This is mesquite end grain block flooring nicely
broken up in a large space with a grid of oak boards.
This makes an extremely durable floor in contemporary
image. It will be near impossible to ruin no matter how many dancers
in stilettos trip the 'light-fantastique' into the small hours!
Well, the mesquite at any rate. The oak will not take the wear
quite as well.
This handsome kitchen is floored in South Americas
mesquite which, whilst still a stable and very hard timber, has
a more ordered, less flambouyant grain pattern. However, the boards
are still not very long - 2 metres is a good length and the average
will probably be around 1.2 metres or less. Very wide boards are
also not available. These are around 180mm wide.
This is mesquite growing wild. As you can see
it is little better than a straggly bush. The timber from 'trees'
like these is not commercially viable. It is mostly firewood.
Some larger sections may find their way into end grain mesquite
rounds which make a beautiful flooring. This stand is reminiscent
of the African bush acacia trees.
For Mesquite, this is a monster. Look around the
picture. There are no other trees of this size. You might think
that large good quality boards might be sawn from such a tree -
but , no they will not. See that large branch, about four feet above
Joe's head? The knot effect of that will stretch down to within
about three feet from his head. Almost opposite his shoulder is
evidence of a further disturbance in the structure of the log in
the form of the kink in the straightness of the bole. These defects
will provide some amazing and gorgeous florid grain structures but
will also restrict the lengths of the boards that are produced.
See the photo below.
This what you get when you fell a 'monster' mesquite. A log with
some rot, hollow hearted, from which only a few short boards will
be sawn; and the log that Joe has his hand upon. See those dark
lines on the end of the log? They are the tell-tale signs of flaws
within the log - splits that mean that no matter how the log is
sawn, defects will be present in every board. There is also that
large 'off-branch' which will have an effect on the grain a long
way down the log. Beautiful grain patterns, but a nightmare for
For this reason it is the defects that must be
celebrated in this timber. It is the defects that create the beauty.
So the defects must not only be incorporated in any floor that
is made from this timber and timbers like it, but welcomed as
the sessential character of the floor and the resultant floor.
That takes a broad minded client and immense skills in the sawyer,
the grader, the looring craftsman - the combinations that determine
true art achieved through craftsmanship. The result is bliss.
However, fear not, even the most difficult timber
goes not to waste. Fortunately the world is full of imaginative
people. This relaxing curved bench / 'chaise-longue' is just one
of the lovely and clever things that has been created from this
gorgeous but difficult timber. These are 'one-off' pieces that sell
as fast as they are created so you will need to see me for more
pieces and what is unsold today.
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