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    Default black locust thorns--infections

    I have a bid for a black locust removal. I've heard bad things about thorn punctures leading to serious infection. What can you tell me?
    --Sean--

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    Tread lightly.

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    Just pain for a few days and then a chance to shoot puss primed thorn projectiles.

    When you grab a branch, slide your hand around it as the thorn pop off easy when pushed to the side.

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    ohhhh ! such fun trees to climb......

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    The thorns that I saw were small, like I've seen on honeylocust. I've seen some that were over an inch long. My friend's groundie got stuck in the finger and he had a sore knuckle for about a month. This HO said that while cleaning up storm damage, he got poked, and ended up going to the doctor after a few days and had to get antibiotics.

    I was wondering about welding gloves for the groundies, or something.

    Unfortunately, its in a really tight space. I'd like to crane it out, push the brush into piles with a tractor, and grapple truck it away. Don't know if I can do any of that effectively.

    What do you know about the wood for lumber, boat trim, etc?
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    Fined a custom bow maker. Clear Black Locust makes some of the finest bows.

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    Sean, if the wood is good sized, call Dave at Green Tree Mills.
    he's part of Meyer Wells. They may pay $2 az board for for it. They use it, Garry Oak, Oregon white ash, and big leaf maple for flooring. I have aa smallish Garry oak coming up.

    I've worked on many black locust...and find they have few thorns, at least when mature..save for watersprouts. Never bothered me muchH

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    Crooks are desireable for boatbuilders, too. Breasthooks, hanging knees, braces, such stuff.
    "Confidence is the feeling you sometimes have before you fully understand the situation."

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    theyre no fun, but thorns are thorns, like ol monkey syas they get gooey and pop out, it sucks to get them in a finger joint, just some good new gloves, and have the guys pack it out, and chip it as normal...the wood is great, even for firewood

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    True that, one of the best fuelwoods.

    One of the times when wearing leather gloves is worth the lousy dexterity, and the old field-going requirement for long sleeves of heavy duty cloth make good sense.
    "Confidence is the feeling you sometimes have before you fully understand the situation."

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