Robinia is a compact wood, much stronger than oak, and is extremely resistant to decay. It features a straight grain structure, the absence of knots, splits or cracks. Robinia, known as black locust, has a high oil content which makes it one of the best woods for outdoor use. It is a great alternative to teak which is mostly harvested from countries like Brazil and involves deforestation of the rainforests.
The color of the timber is a golden brown and this matures to a warmer, darker brown over time and exposure. If left untreated, the wood gradually changes color from the honey color of new robinia to a silver-grey patina. After a while this silver-grey patina deteriorates to a dark-grey and greenish look. Depending on the environment, natural greying and/or weathering may become noticeable after only a few weeks. In drier climates teak or robinia wood will take several months to weather. If the wood is exposed to infrequent moisture, the color will fade slowly with minor discolorisation. In moist climates, where furniture is subjected to regular dew and sunshine, robinia furniture will weather more quickly.
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