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Honey Locust
« on: August 10, 2017, 07:44:19 pm »
Ran across this honey locust out in my timber yesterday....nasty wicked thing that needs killed.
I have several other fairly large ones that don't have quite as many thorns and was thinking of dozing them out.

Does honey locust have any value and does anyone saw it?

 

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Re: Honey Locust
« Reply #1 on: August 10, 2017, 07:46:18 pm »
That's just nasty....
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Re: Honey Locust
« Reply #2 on: August 10, 2017, 07:47:04 pm »
We recently sawed some for a customer- very pretty wood !
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Re: Honey Locust
« Reply #3 on: August 10, 2017, 08:02:30 pm »
I have a bunch growing on my place. Sawed up a died standing tree. Nice lumber and somewhat hard. Guess do to it was on the dry side.

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Re: Honey Locust
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Re: Honey Locust
« Reply #5 on: August 10, 2017, 09:51:36 pm »
I have sawn a lot of it into pallet stringers and ties. Worked good.
I dont know how the logging end went with all them thorns but they were all gone when they brought me the logs.

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Re: Honey Locust
« Reply #6 on: August 10, 2017, 09:59:19 pm »
Not all Honey Locust trees have thorns.
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Re: Honey Locust
« Reply #7 on: August 10, 2017, 10:42:31 pm »
Although Black Locust is preferred, I am pretty sure Honey is 2nd running for L.E.E.D.  Definitely pretty stuff, but I am sorta partial to Osage Orange.
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Re: Honey Locust
« Reply #8 on: August 11, 2017, 03:09:03 pm »
Although Black Locust is preferred, I am pretty sure Honey is 2nd running for L.E.E.D.  Definitely pretty stuff, but I am sorta partial to Osage Orange.

Not familiar with "L.E.E.D"
I also have a ton of old hedge (osage orange), most too big to use for fence posts.

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Re: Honey Locust
« Reply #9 on: August 11, 2017, 10:17:59 pm »
Honey locust is my second favorite wood.  I also love them in tree form.  They give some of the best filtered shade.  If you don't like the thorns, prune them up out of reach.  As they get older, they will have less thorns on the trunk.  Young trees have a lot.  It's a defence mechanism for the young tree.
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Re: Honey Locust
« Reply #10 on: August 28, 2017, 11:27:37 am »
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Re: Honey Locust
« Reply #11 on: August 28, 2017, 06:30:13 pm »
Little tid-bit of knowledge is that Honey Locust is one of the few natural species that has fluorescent characteristics.  Yes it glows under a black light and I think it is my #1 favorite wood to work with.  Get it on the mill, spray with a hose and send some pics ! 
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Re: Honey Locust
« Reply #12 on: August 28, 2017, 07:22:21 pm »
I saw it whenever I can get it. It is a HARD wood when dried. The old planer just screams. It is a really pretty wood. I would think 2" slabs if its wide enough.
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Re: Honey Locust
« Reply #13 on: August 28, 2017, 10:14:54 pm »
We've got a fair amount, but only a few are large trees.  Looking forward to milling some.  Has just been good for firewood and flat tires thus far.   :D

I do think that to get the real value from it, it needs to be direct/specialty market, finished product, or at least closer to that.  I'm betting volume buyers will tell you, "yep, it will make a tie or pallet wood."

Does NOT have the rot resistance of Black Locust.  Not horrible, but not in the same league as Hedge or Black Locust.
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Re: Honey Locust
« Reply #14 on: August 28, 2017, 10:17:39 pm »
I should also add that it spalts NICELY judging by the firewood I've split.
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