Anybody ever seen or heard of black locust being used for flooring? I know it takes a finish well, and it's hard as nails anyway...would it actually make a good floor? Does it look like crap as it ages?
We're fixing to build a house next year, and in the Craftsman spirit, I'm looking to use materials native to the area. BL grows like weeds in the windbreaks out here, and seems to be easier to get as lumber than osage orange. I know it's going to be tough getting it, but it isn't going to be a huge area w/ wood floors in the house, so I'm willing to bite the bullet on cost. Plus, it'd be kinda cool to have a floor that no one else has.
The other choice is probably white (burr) oak, which is native too. Nice, durable, easy to get and pretty cheap. The easy choice, which is why I'm looking elsewhere. : )
Or...maybe as a deck? Hmm....