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Black Locust

Black Locust sample image
(representative sample)

Black Locust, also known as Pseudo Acacia and as Robinia, is a great alternative to the endangered hardwoods from tropical countries. In fact, the Rainforest Alliance promotes the use of Black Locust, readily available here in the US, for outdoor projects and boats. Is it true that Abe Lincoln chopped Black Locust to make fence posts? So goes the legend. Black Locust is a tough wood with a willingness to be steam-bent. Its color, different from many of the other woods we carry, ranges from greenish-yellow to dark brown. Its grain is open, dense, and beautiful. It is stable once it's cured.

Somewhat similar in appearance to Black Locust, Honey Locust is technically in a different genus, (Robinia and Gleditsia, respectively), and telling the two apart is somewhat similar to separating White and Red Oak - the pores of Black Locust are packed with tyloses, while they are absent in the pores of Honey Locust. Honey Locust heartwood is a medium to light reddish brown. Wide sapwood is a light yellow, clearly distinguished from the heartwood.

Both Black and Honey Locust can be challenging to work with because they are extremely hard, but they are prized because the heartwood is rot resistant and long-lasting. We find that if you take your time in turning it, it turns well, though it helps to use sharp tools if you are new to working with it.

Black Locust Products

Note: our wood products are sold with no guarantee of moisture content.
Send us an email or call (800) 556-3106 with any questions or to request more specific photos of a piece.

Exceptional Wood Pieces Exceptional Wood Pieces
DetailsPreview Price Quantity
BLB 8A :
7.75" X 7.25" X 5.5" Black Locust
BLB 8A
$26.00
SOLD!
Woodturning Bowl Blanks Woodturning Bowl Blanks
DetailsPreview Price Quantity
BLB 4D :
4" X 4" X 3"
BLB 4D
$10.00
BL 12F:
2" X 2" X 12"
BL 12F
$12.00
BL 12 E:
2" X 2" X 12"
BL 12 E
$15.00
2x2x12" $21.00
HL 10D:
10" x 3" x 3" Honey Locust
HL 10D
$24.00
SOLD!
3x3x12" $28.00
HL 12E:
12" x 3" x 3" Honey Locust
HL 12E
$28.00
4x4x12" $39.00
BL 12C :
12" x 4 3/4" x 2 1/4" Black Locust
BL 12C
$45.00
HL 11A:
11" x 6" x 6" Honey Locust
HL 11A
$94.00
Woodturning Pen Blanks Woodturning Pen Blanks
Details Price Quantity
Pen blanks:
One dozen pen blanks. Approx. 7/8"x7/8"x5-1/4" size per blank.
$13.00
Burl Wood Burl Wood
DetailsPreview Price Quantity
BLB 14A :
14" x 13" 7.5" SALE! Was $120, now $108 Black Locust
BLB 14A
$108.00
BLB 17C :
17.5" x 14" x 8" SALE! Was $150, now $135 Black Locust
BLB 17C
$135.00
Burl Caps
DetailsPreview Price Quantity
BLB 5D :
5" x 5" x 4.75" SALE! Was $17, now $15 Black Locust
BLB 5D
$15.00
BLB 6C :
6.25" x 6" x 4.5" SALE! Was $20, now $18 Black Locust
BLB 6C
$18.00
BLB 6G :
6.25" x 4.25" x 3.25" SALE! Was $24, now $21 Black Locust
BLB 6G
$21.00
BLB 6D :
5.25" x 5.25" x 4.5" SALE! Was $24, now $21 Black Locust
BLB 6D
$21.00
SOLD!
BLB 5I :
5" X 4.5" X 4" Black Locust
BLB 5I
$22.00
SOLD!
BLB 7B :
7" x 4.5" x 4.5" SALE! Was $25, now $22.50 Black Locust
BLB 7B
$22.50
SOLD!
BLB 7P :
7" X 6" X 3.5"
BLB 7P
$24.00
SOLD!
BLB 8A :
7.75" X 7.25" X 5.5" Black Locust
BLB 8A
$26.00
SOLD!
BLB 7C :
7.25" x 5.25" x 4.25" SALE! Was $33, now $29 Black Locust
BLB 7C
$29.00
SOLD!
BLB 7E :
7.5" x 6.5" x 5.5" SALE! Was $35, now $31.50 Black Locust
BLB 7E
$31.50
BLB 8D:
8" X 7.5" X 4.5"
BLB 8D
$32.00
SOLD!
BLB 7D :
7" x 6.25" x 5.5" SALE! Was $40, now $36 Black Locust
BLB 7D
$36.00
BLB 7G :
7" x 6" x 5.5" SALE! Was $40, now $36 Black Locust
BLB 7G
$36.00
SOLD!
BLB 8C :
8" x 8" x 6" SALE! Was $55, now $49.50 Black Locust
BLB 8C
$49.50
BLB 7O :
7" X 6.5" X 6" Black Locust
BLB 7O
$50.00
Wood Specials
DetailsPreview Price Quantity
Box #56:
Misc Black Locust burl caps. Was $77 now $69. Shipping $16.85.
Box #56
$69.00
SOLD!
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