Black Locust decking for a residential walkway project is to be produced by REH in early spring 2013!
Austin, our general manager, has taken on a Black Locust decking job for a
local contractor. We will be getting Black Locust material in by March or
so to do this little walkway job.
Black Locust is actually a weed, but is strong, having the capabilities of
hardwood. Black Locust is an extremely durable hardwood ideal for exterior
uses. What’s more it’s truly green!
Black Locust is considered an invasive species to our region in Northern Michigan and is periodically culled by contract with state and federal authorities.
Rare Earth Hardwoods has access to the available Black Locust as it is sourced and sawn for uses such as decking, walkways, garden beds, and fencing.
Meet Barry Southers. He came in a couple of weeks ago looking for
woods to use for his knife handles (Yes, he makes knives.) Barry
purchased padauk, bubinga, wenge, and some exotic woods. He says,
“They are all great woods and am glad I found Rare Earth Hardwoods!”
Thanks, Barry! We’re glad too!
Here’s a note we received from Barry:
I wanted to pass along some photos of my most recent knife I made using
padauk. In case you don’t remember, I purchased a long 1.5″ dowel rod. I cut off a section approximately 5″, then cut off a smaller section to create top and bottom pieces. I drilled the hole for the knife tang to be inserted, then added black fiber spacers and a leather spacer in between the pieces of wood. After the epoxy set, I was then able to sand down to its current shape, and after belt and hand sanding I put on a finishing oil to seal the wood handle. I will do more of this, along with more sanding and will send the final work when it is done, but wanted to get these photos to you so you could see how well dowel rods and other smaller pieces of woods can be used in knife handles! Please feel free to use these photos as well as all my description above.
Visit Barry’s blog – http://naaliknives.blogspot.com/
We call this product our Radial Hewn Collection — textured wood for use as
flooring, inlays, wall treatments, furniture and more. The Radial Hewn collection is currently available in three distinct
Crossover – Double radius pattern with distinct diamond appearance.
Fishbone – Combines elements of traditional and transitional patterns to
showcase a unique double helix with diamond design.
Rissaw – Partial radius pattern similar to what historically was commonly
available from circle sawmills.
Radial Hewn products exhibit unique textured surfaces and are produced from urban reclaimed trees.
Since these trees are considered salvaged outside of the commercial logging enterprises, the materials are eligible for earning LEED and other green building credits for recycled, reclaimed content, certified wood and regional materials credits for projects within a 500 mile radius of our manufacturing facility.
Two local girls were lucky enough to receive these beautifully crafted hope
chests for Christmas this year.
We love this bar/counter top a customer installed in his basement. It’s made from a cottonwood slab.
This talented customer created a beautiful dining room table from a cottonwood slab and purpleheart “bow ties”.
Rare Earth was thrilled to have one of our cottonwood slabs featured last year in an episode of Man Caves on the DIY Network!
We think this is such a GREAT idea!
About Rare Earth Hardwoods
Since 1982, Rare Earth Hardwoods has been supplying the world with the finest domestic and imported lumber and wood products.