Robina pseudoacacia of the family Fabacea, the pea family. A very hard, durable wood. Another "locust" wood, honey locust (Gleditsia triacanthos, also of the family Fabacea), has its own page on this web site. Although the two woods can sometimes be hard to distinguish, generally speaking black locust is yellowish/greenish and honey locust has a pink or orange tint, not yellow or green.
Also called "robina" (from the genus), "false acacia" (from the specific epithet) and "white acacia", "White" locust", and "yellow locust", and just "locust"
both sides of a sample plank of black locust / Robina pseudoacacia --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was loaned to me by David Clark whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site.
end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above
black locust plank and end grain. This plank was donated to the site by Ira Matheny, whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site.
end grain closeup of the piece directly above --- the color is a little more washed out than is actually the case in the wood.
black locust planks and a closeup --- the color of the wood is slightly more yellow and less orange than this pic shows, and the wood has just a hint of green tint as well. The pics directly below of a smaller piece, cut from this one, are much more accurate.
small plank, cut from the larger on above and sanded for the pic, and an end grain shot. The colors are very accurate.
flat cut, quartersawn, end grain
black locust (Robinia pseudoacacia, also listed as yellow locust, and just "locust") from The Wood Book --- both levels of enlargement are available for all 3 views
log ends --- note that the middle one is freshly cut (thus the yellowish color) and the one on the right is well seasoned (thus the orangish color)
plank listed as black locust / Robinia pseudocacia and with wet and dry sections
flat cut and quartersawn planks of "robin" which is another common name for black locust
flat cut plank listed as "white" locust (just another name for the same species as the common name "black" locust)
flat cut black locust planks
quartersawn black locust planks
planks all from the same vendor
planks listed as black locust / Robinia pseudacacia
plank listed as robinia / Robinia pseudoacacia
black locust turning stock
black locust turning stock listed as unseasoned
three views of a freshly sawn black locust plank, submitted by a correspondant named Jeff, whom I thank. Both levels of enlargement are present for all 3 pics, and on the last one the enlargements clearly show some ray flakes. Jeff tells me the color is accurate, which is a little weird since I thought that normally black locust is yellowish when freshly cut and turns more orange/brownish with age.
black locust scales
curly scales with the bottom 3 showing some nice ray flakes in addition to the curl.
very flaky quartersawn scales
listed as black locust veneer but looks to me exactly like red elm
black locust bowl blanks
black locust bowl blanks that have been waxed
waxed bowl blank --- might just be the wax or an interesting color variation, but this looks to me more like honey locust than black locust
black locust turning square and end grain
black locust bottle stopper blanks (these are actually quite small)
black locust pen blanks that have been moistened
black locust burl scales
both sides of a set of turning blocks listed as Robina pseudoacacia burl
black locust burls
burl cap and the opened side
veneer --- not sure if this is flat cut or rotary cut
listed as "steamed" veneer, obviously flat cut
wormy black locust turned to a toadstool (decorative object)
black locust burl vase
black locust bowls
black locust bowls turned and photographed by Tom Pleatman, whom I thank for these pics and other contributions to the site. Big enlargements are present.