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Water Locust wood, not Honeylocust9/9
I've recently gotten a new hunting lease on some bottomland hardwoods. Out in some of the sloughs are some Water Locust. Most are not large enough to make a sawlog, and at that age, I'd about as soon to be thrown into a snake pit, as to harvest them, they are so thorny.
However, there are a few large enough, that the trunks are fairly void of thorns, and the bark has a very interesting pattern, which makes me think it is likely to have a birds-eye figure.
Have any of you ever sawn, or seen any lumber from Water Locust / Gleditsia aquatic?
For unfamiliar folks, honey locust genus and species name is Gleditsia triacanthos. It is also known as the thorny locust. The yard trees of the same name have been bred to eliminate the thorns.
Black locust is Robinia pseudoacacia. It is sometimes called false acacia.
These two are not related to each other, even though they both have locust as a common name.
Water locust, as stated, is Gleditsia aquatica, so it is very close to honey locust in properties and processing; use this wood for guidance. In other words, it is very hard and dense, so sharp tools are essential and frequent sharpening is required as well. It does indeed have beautiful grain. It glows when hit with uv light.