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 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.
Black Locust can be challenging to work with because it is extremely hard, but it is prized because the heartwood is rot resistant and longlasting. 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.
Though Black Locust is popular for large projects, on a smaller scale, it's a great choice for boxes, casks, vehicle bodies, gates, veneer, and more.
Note: our wood products are sold with no guarantee of moisture content.
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