Weird thing to be doing at 5:30 AM on Thanksgiving morning, but I was watching one of my favorite YouTube channels (about homesteading), and he was splitting Black Locust wood, and talked a bit about it, which got me to do a DDG search on it, which got me to reading about the tree from a horticulture site.nnI’m glad I came across it, because the moms is going to be re-doing her deck (at some point, it’s been postponed due to my brother-in-law being slightly injured for the time being (he is the one that would be doing this project)), and I think that Black Locust wood would be good (rhymes!) for the deck, because it is naturally rot-resistant, and is oftentimes used for outdoor furniture, and even axe handles(!).nnIt’s pricey, though. Running at sometimes double the cost of a “regular” wood, but from what I understand, they spent a pretty penny building *this* deck (the one that is rotting/decaying as we speak) out of Cedar, and everyone thought it would last a long time, but it barely made it beyond 2019 (and was built in 2004). That *might* be a long time for a deck to last, but the thing is, it wasn’t treated in any way when it was built. Some years later (2016 or so), it *finally* got a coat of paint/treatment/whatever, but it would probably still be in good shape if it had *any* type of weather treatment applied to it from the beginning.nnAt this point, the deck has become a safety hazard, and I hope it gets redone soon, but *when* it gets done, my (non-expert) recommendation would be for Black Locust 😉

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