I think I know mesquite when I see one ;). This is definitely not a mesquite. It is so hard some actually are burnished after cutting with the chain saw. I had to use 2 chains to collect these and had to re-sharpen the new RS chain twice.
Some of the description of Texas Ebony doesn't quite fit like the bark. I'll check the pods from similar tree and check if I can get some pics posted.
I was going to check the big Ash I showed a couple weeks back and while in the same property, decided to scout some more and found this. It is actually already uprooted but most were gone. This is probably 3 trees grown in cluster and I only got the stumps...they are about 1'-0", 1'-6" and 2'-0" high.
The root ball is still there and I might go back to check if I can get more...though doubtful since it is almost flush to the soil/dirt already (like the one I showed before the rootball included a lot of dirt).
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I don't want to see crummy pics of firewood ...I want to see some turnings :)
If you are not careful you'll turn into a wood hoarder..like me... and have stacks of beautiful blanks that you are loathe to turn in case you mess them up.
I've only ever seen finished pieces of Ironwood which appears to relate to any number of hard woods rather than a particular species...but they all looked stunning and certainly need to be fashioned before they crack and split becoming virtually useless....so re pack that chainsaw into it's box and rough turn some shapes to relieve the stresses and before that wood takes a gazillion sharpenings to cut on the lathe. !!!
It's hard to make out the leaves clearly, but from the description you give and the pictures of the wood, I think you have some big ol' chunks of locust. From the color of the heartwood, I'd guess black locust, but the pods and thorns make me think it might also be honey locust.