Mesquite, meet wine.

Good for barbecuing… and looks good sitting atop a wine bottle. Another one of my favorite woods, very hard, but turns so smooth and precious stone like. This piece has a little heartwood and a little sapwood making for one nice looking – almost cork sized stopper.

I had a couple of mahogany blanks prepped to turn, but apparently drilling and tapping the blank made for a loose fit. I guess that wood is a little to soft or weak for that. I’m sure I can come up with a solution to that with a superglue treatment prior to tapping (or re-tapping) … but until then, I grabbed this block and started from scratch to turn out this beauty. Certainly did not have the same problem with tapping this hard wood.


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