the REST of the pictures on this page will give you a better overall feel for this wood
honey locust / Gleditsia triacanthos of the family Fabacea
3" x 3" flat cut, 3" x 3" quartersawn, 1" wide end grain, and a 1/4" x 1/4" end grain closeup.
Ring porous with a line of large earlywood pores 2 to 4 pores thick and with occasional pores multiples dropping off to slightly smaller pores in the latewood with fat vasicentric parenchyma changing to confulent parenchyma part way through the latewood. The latewood pores are often ulmiform. Rays, of varying thickness, are very obvious.
A very hard, durable wood. Another "locust" wood, black locust (Robnia pseudoacacia, also of the family Fabacea), has its own page on this web site. The face grains each have their own look and feel. Generally speaking black locust is yellowish/greenish and honey locust has a pink or orange tint, not yellow or green and the face grain in black locust tends to be straighter than the more often curved grain in honey locust. Most importantly, black locust pores are always full of tyloses whereas honey locust does not have tyloses but does occasionally have a red material clogging the pores (an example of this is shown directly below this table)
Honey locust can also be difficult to distinguish from coffee tree, but see this:
NOTE: these pics were all taken in very bright incandescent lighting ("soft white" at 2700K)
colors will vary under other lighting conditions