This was my first experience with Mesquite, a tree native to the southwest parts of the U.S. It was given to me by my friend and fellow woodworker Evan Wittels whose incredible work can be found at this website: http://custombyevan.com
Mesquite's hardness and interlocking grain make it quite challenging to work with and I had to constantly sharpen my tools. Also the darker heartwood is much more dense than the lighter sapwood which presented more challenges in balancing while spinning on the lathe and the vibrations produced.
I added some brass inlay to some of the natural checking in this piece and was pleased with the results. The vase stands about 6 ½ “ tall, the base diameter is 4” increasing to 5 1/8” diameter at the top.