Black Locust is an anomaly in the woods. It grows very fast in its first
twenty years of life, then slows down. It is one of the densest woods in
the forest and it will last for generations to come. It is not toxic to humans
and most animals. The leaves were used in past times as fodder for sheep
and goats. Horses cannot tolerate the bark as it will make them sick, once the
bark is removed from the posts it does no harm.
Black locust is the most durable hardwood in North America.It does not
need anything done to it as one of its properties is that it does not absorb
anything, this is why it lasts so long.
In historic Jamestown, how they found where the original settlement buildings
were located was due to the fact that black locust posts were still sound in
Because there is very little sap in the tree it is one of a few species that can
be burned green as firewood. It also has the second highest BTU's.
We utilize every part of the wood, for us there is no waste. A precious gift
from our creator. Indigenous peoples used the flowers for food, the seedpods
It will take oil or paint but cannot absorb stain. It weathers to a lovely grey.
As it ages it gets harder and harder. In order to use it one must predrill holes