The trees are native to the southwestern United States and Mexico. Mesquite is one of the most expensive types of lumber in the U.S. A mature tree can be milled and sold for thousands of dollars. It was a very popular type of wood used by early Spaniards to build Ships; but is now used most commonly for high end rustic furniture and cabinets. Although often crooked in shape, mesquite tree branches, are stable and durable, they filled the need for wood during the construction of Spanish missions, colonial haciendas,and ranch houses. Its wood served artisans in the crafting of furniture, flooring, paneling and sculpture. “Of the tree mesquite, there is one kind of yellowish wood and another of a deep reddish hue as beautiful when polished as the richest mahogany,” said Red Himel. Mesquite trees provide a bountiful harvest of wood for all of Colorado Case and Cabinet gifts.