Trying Out Honey Locust for a Chair Seat

I’m always on the lookout for local materials I can use to build stick chairs. Elm is my favorite wood, but it can be difficult to find for purchase.

Last month Shea Alexander of Alexander Bros. gave me a couple boards of honey locust to try out for a chair seat. It looks a lot like elm, with green undertones and slightly shimmering grain.

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After surfacing it, I took a chunk and rived it out to see how it split. Unfortunately, it splits easily and cleanly. So it’s still OK for a chair seat (if I’m careful), but not as ideal as elm.

In the video above, I rive out some honey locust, white oak and American elm to show the differences.

Thanks for the wood, Shea. It really is beautiful and interesting stuff.

— Christopher Schwarz


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