I was going to suggest black locust, but figured you had already
considered it. It's not really exotic, but pretty rarely used
as boards. There is at least one company down in North Carolina
that mills black locust into flooring. From what I know of locust
wood that should be some long lasting flooring. I'm thinking
about using it when I tear up the carpet and put in hardwood
in my family room.
When I was heating with wood 20 years ago I learned that green
locust was easy to cut with a chainsaw, but almost impossible
to split. Well cured it was just the opposite, you could split
it fairly easily, but it would dull a chainsaw trying to cut it.
It burns nice when it's good and dry, terrible when it's green.
Honey Locust grows all over the place in Missouri (the state where I grew up).
It loves the low-lying meadows and creek bottoms, down where the oaks start
to thin out. I doubt that you'd find any of it being cut at the local mills
though; you'd almost have to find someone who could go out and fetch some for
you and have it milled.
Chinaberry is very common down here in Austin, but I don't know anybody who
deals in it.
To reply, change the chemical designation to its common name.
Isn't one of the lacewood species native to the US?
Besides that, and the others already mentioned, I'd add camphor and live oak.
There are native mahogany trees and cuban mahoganies in South Florida. There
are a number of woods that are quite stunning when spalted including maple,
camphor and magnolia. I also like ambrosia maple, which can often be gotten
significantly cheaper than plain maple.
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Tom Watson wrote:
complete and total snippage of the "lesser used" woods...
I'll add mulberry to that list if I may. Trouble is it
starts out real nice looking but darkens a wee
too much over time.
I find it hard to believe you can make anything out of that stuff. Dries
like a sunflower stalk; all pith, and no wood.
I let one grow because I think sumac trees look sort of cool.
It grew 12' in the first year, then it sprouted suckers.
Now I'm trying to kill about 60 sumac weeds, and they won't die, no matter
how many miles of roots I dig up.
If Charlie wants some of this shit, I can hook him up.
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It took you to get me out of lurk mode. I vote for sassafras. Great
wood to work with, pretty grain and color, and when you do work with it
you're in a cloud of that sassafras smell. Very enjoyable stuff.
Charlie Self wrote:
Mario Nunez * Buffalo, NY USA
Pieces are small, greenish yellow with brown stripes.
I've only had one piece big enough to make a pen.
Bigger pieces may exist, I've never seen the tree (bush?)
I've got two pieces left that might make an unmatched pen.
Wish I could find more!
firstname.lastname@example.org (Charlie Self) wrote in
What can be more exotic than the beautiful maple in the northern part of
the United States or the southern part of Canada. Birds eye, fiddle back,
Beauty is truly in the eyes of the beholder.
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