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OT:flyfishinfool re Locust Tree Wood

Discussion in 'Uncategorized Threads' started by TC, Oct 26, 2007.

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  1. TC

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    Dan, I have several Locust trees 52 to 76 inches in diameter with 8 to 14 foot main trunks. Do they have any value other than firewood? Tony
     
  2. JB Logan Co. Ohio

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    The Amish prefer them for fence posts.

    JB=Jerry Beach 8503917
     
  3. furface

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    i cut a blank, put it up in the rafters for a year and then made a rifle stock. it looks like screwbean mesquite after it's finished. it's tough and needs to be end sealed to keep from checking. makes a pretty stock, has ribbon flame if quarter sawn. hope this helps. good luck. Joe
     
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    Joe, That sounds interesting. Could you show us a picture? Jake
     
  5. g7777777

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    sometimes (rarely)- they have figure and dont split when you dry them

    It might be worth a try

    I have seen them used for gun wood

    regards from Iowa

    Gene
     
  6. phirel

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    TC- I have seen a lot of Locust but I have never seen any with nice grain. Based on the size of your logs (DBH 52-76), I am not so sure it is even good firewood. It takes a lot of work to split big Locust logs. The trees might be best standing. They make prime squirrel homes.

    If the trees are near Dan's home in Arkansas, you could sit under them and see if an Ivory Billed Woodpecker lands on a branch.

    Pat Ireland
     
  7. flyfishinfool

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    Tony - I can't help but ponder that you think I am smarter than I actually am.

    Truth of the matter is I don't have a clue.

    Now, if you ask me about fly rods, dulcimers, Ivory Billed Woodpeckers or the virtues of a pump gun - I am a damn genius.

    Managing pines is pretty simple. Ya just plant the green side up.

    Hardwood questions, however, are out of my league. Although I can't recall any specific or unique uses of locust.

    Sorry I couldn't help

    Dan
     
  8. TC

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    Pat, the main problem is that they are within 20 to 30 feet of the house. The darn beards and leaves get into the gutters on the house and the air intakes of the vehicles. They don't provide any real shade, the pods make a mess and I am getting to old to clean the gutters weekly. Tony
     
  9. flyfishinfool

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    Hey Tony - I did just think of something. Anyone in your area make wooden bowls ?

    Those guys are always looking for unusual or colorful woods.

    Dan
     
  10. FarmerD

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    I just cut up 5 cord of Black Locust for firewood that had been damaged in a prairie fire about 4 years ago. They make excellent fire wood and I believe from looking at the grain, if free of borer holes would make excellent lumber for something. It was a shame to use it for firewood but didn't know what else to do with it. Ben
     
  11. Hap MecTweaks

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    As fence posts, locust will last longer than pressure treated wood without rusting the wire or staples. Some old split rail fences were built using locust and they lasted longer than other wood. Shame to burn them! Hap
     
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