WOODS USED  ~ SOURCES ~MATERIALS~  

"Ye Olde Wood Shed"

A nice source of Mesquite logs in Boerne, Texas

All that's left from logs shown below

Time for another run out to the wilds of Texas

MESQUITE WOOD turning blanks air drying in my wood shed.  Half logs that I purchased in Bourne, Tx., brought home & cut into blanks.  Rough Mesquite lumber purchased from a mill in South East Texas, milled & KILN DRIED at the mill.

Shown here are a couple of my more popular items, NOT made with Mesquite.  The cream colored Chopping Board is American Hard Maple & the darker Chip & Dip Tray is American Black Walnut. Handcrafted from KILN DRIED lumber. The Chopping Board is finished (pre-conditioned) with two hand rubbed coats of a bees wax based, food-safe, non-toxic, sealant. The Chip & Dip Tray is finished with several coats of a hi-gloss, polyurethane, which is also totally food-safe, once completely dried.

TURQUOISE & INLAY MATERIALS

Turquoise is a beautiful mineral that is rare and valuable in finer grades and has been prized as a gemstone and ornamental stone for thousands of years owing to its unique hue.Turquoise is also thought to be one of the most powerful Metaphysical healing stones. Turquoise has been used for it's  metaphysical healing powers before the word Metaphysical was invented. The Native American Indians, and before them the Tibetans, and before them the Egyptians were enamored by Turquoise and considered it to have great healing powers. To this day the Native American Indians consider Turquoise to contain very powerful Metaphysical and spiritual healing powers. The healing powers of Turquoise are considered very powerful in many cultures, not just with the Native Americans. Most people around the world associate Turquoise to the Native Americans and the Tibetans, but many cultures love Turquoise and respect the healing powers of Turquoise.

Although there are many sources, I use only SLEEPING BEAUTY TURQUOISE.  It is known for it's nice "even" blue color & comes from a mine located near Globe, AZ.  However, the turquoise mining ceased in 2012 & prices have steadily increasing ever since. I buy it from several  sources, in a crused form, but crush it down finer in order to work it into my carved out areas in the wood I'm working with. I DO NOT use "treated or color enhanced" turquoise & only deal with suppliers I know to be "reliable" sources for GENUINE, not synthetic turquoise. 

There are several methods used for inlaying stone, the one I use most commonly is done with a product called Inlace.  Originally developed by the US Government, who knows for what purpose, probably don't want to know? but it has been used in stone inlay work for many years now. It's a two part process, using a liquid stage that the crushed turquoise is added to & then a second step where a hardener is added. After several hours set time, the material can be sanded down to a nice smooth finish.  One nice feature of this material is that, when used in cutting boards, it will not cause any damage to your cutting blade. 

Getting down to the last of my Mesquite bowl blanks