Thanks for your interest, Rick.
On the Janke scale of hardness Janka Wood Hardness Scale
Mesquite ranks as the 4th hardest of the woods tested. As an example, White Oak is at 1360 and Mesquite is at 2345.
I've been told by Mexican sawyers that, due to it's density, there's no reason to not just use the wood as soon as it's cut and slabbed. That may need to be tested, though.
At any rate, the pieces we'll be collecting have been cut and lain in the log for over a year.
The land owner cuts it for firewood. He and my son are buddies and I was lucky enough to persuade him to save me a pick up load of 4'-6' long logs. I figure my yield will be 40 to 50%. I'm paying fire wood price, so I should get around $1000+ worth of usable stock for about $250. Around here and in Texas, milled Mesquite runs around $6 to $7+ a BF. Of course, I have to mill mine. I use a 1/2" bi-metal, 4tpi blade and, at the price for those blades, and considering their short life in Mesquite, I can understand a mill or yard charging the prices they do.
After I've slabbed it I plan to sticker it. However, I've purchased slabs from several different yards (Mexican and locals) that don't sticker their Mesquite stock. It doesn't appear to cup or twist, so stickers may not be necessary.
This will be a new experience for me.....taking Mesquite from log to finished pieces.
Wish me luck!