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Botanical Name

Dalbergia melanoxylon

Other Names

African Blackwood, Mpingo

Main Color Group

Black

Grain Pattern

Even

Workability

Challenging

Avg Dry Weight - LB/FT3

79

Avg Dry Weight - KG/M3

1270

Janka Hardness - LBF

3670

Janka Hardness - N

16320

Without question, the densest and most un-rosewood-like of the Dalbergia’s (for our money, at least!), African Blackwood is a consistent favorite with acoustic guitar luthiers, wood turners, carvers and fine furniture craftsmen, alike; it remains one of the world’s most coveted musical woods. African Blackwood often appears almost completely black, with its grains hardly discernible. (… thus the name. After sanding, a deep, very dark chocolate color emerges.)

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Sustainability: This species is listed in CITES Appendix II and the IUCN reports it as being “near threatened.”

Common Uses: Musical instruments (guitars, clarinets, oboes, etc.), inlay, carving, tool handles, and other turned objects.

Comments: Given its trees’ very small profile and the fact that they also commonly grow somewhat twisted (rather than straight up), finding long, straight boards of African Blackwood is a daunting task. It is so dark and dense, it’s almost inconceivable that it is a true Dalbergia-genus rosewood. Expect exceptional pieces to command a premium, as prices have increased — while supplies have drastically decreased — over the last several years.

Species Description: Wood Species

ImagePriceGradeDimensionsSKUBuyDescriptionprice_hsort
Bagpipe Set - African Blackwood
$450.0015 x 10 x 10 inBAGPBLAF1001
Name Range Discount
Bulk Turning Blanks 5 - 9 5 %
Bulk Turning Blanks 10 - 19 10 %
Bulk Turning Blanks 20 - 99 20 %

African Blackwood Bagpipe Set – Instrument Grade.

14 Pieces (metric mm / +- imperial inches):

1 of 54 x 54 x 305 /  2 x 2 x 12

2 of 51 x 51 x 205 / 2 x 2 x 8

1 of 38 x 38 x 385 / 1.5 x 1.5 x 15

1 of 47 x 47 x 310 / 2 x 2 x 12

1 of 47 x 47 x 195 / 2 x 2 x 8

2 of 47 x 47 x 160 / 2 x 2 x 6

1 of 47 x 47 x 125 / 2 x 2 x 5

1 of 47 x 47 x 115 / 2 x 2 x 4.5

1 of 38 x 38 x 310 / 1.5 x 1.5 x 12

1 of 38 x 38 x 245 / 1.5 x 1.5 x 10

2 of 38 x 38 x 220 / 1.5 x 1.5 x 9

Photo shows pieces of 2 bagpipe sets

450
Clarinet Set - African Blackwood
$85.005 x 5 x 12 inCLARBLAF1001
Name Range Discount
Bulk Turning Blanks 5 - 9 5 %
Bulk Turning Blanks 10 - 19 10 %
Bulk Turning Blanks 20 - 99 20 %

African Blackwood Clarinet Set – Instrument Grade.

Bells : Height = 5″, Base diameter = +- 3.25″, Top diameter = +-1.5″

Lower Joints: 1.38 x 1.38 x 10.6

Upper Joints: 1.5 x 1.5 x 9.6

Barrels: 1.5 x 1.5 x 3.5

Photo representat the pieces you will receive.

85
Bell blanks - African Blackwood
$14.005 x 3.25 x 3.25 inBELLBLAF1001
Name Range Discount
Bulk Turning Blanks 5 - 9 5 %
Bulk Turning Blanks 10 - 19 10 %
Bulk Turning Blanks 20 - 99 20 %

African Blackwood clarinet bell blanks.

These Bell blanks were rejected by the musical instrument trade for having small defects.

They are still amazing for turning and other specialty items.

Height = 5″, Base diameter = +- 3.25″, Top diameter = +-1.5″

We have them in 2 shapes (shown in the photos)

Unless you call in to specify (or specify on the notes section of the order), you may receive either the square or the octagonal base versions (selected randomly).

Photo is representative of the stock you will receive.

14
Fingerboard - Blackwood - African
$50.0020.5 x 2.7 x 0.3 inFINGERBLAF1001

African Blackwood Fingerboard

20.5″ x 2.65″ x 0.30″ (minimum)

Manufactured with luthiers in mind, but excellent blanks for box-making and other smaller items

Photographs are representative of what you will receive

50
Blackwood - African
$56.4427.875 x 5 x 0.875 inBLAF1054
Out of stock

Rustic

56.44
Blackwood - African
$63.5031.75 x 3.75 x 0.875 inBLAF1053
Out of stock

Rustic. Width varies 3.75″ – 6.0″

63.5
Blackwood - African
$80.2634.5 x 3.5 x 0.812 inBLAF1052
Out of stock

Rustic. Width varies 3.5″ – 5.5″

80.26
Blackwood - African
$65.6729 x 1.75 x 0.812 inBLAF1051
Out of stock

Rustic. Width varies 1.75″ – 5.9″

65.67
Blackwood - African
$45.2320.25 x 4.75 x 0.812 inBLAF1050

Rustic

45.23
Blackwood - African
$84.9031.125 x 3.75 x 0.875 inBLAF1049
Out of stock

Rustic. Width varies 3.75″ – 4.5″

84.9
Blackwood - African
$36.4823.125 x 2.5 x 0.812 inBLAF1048

Rustic. Width varies 2.5″ – 3.125″

36.48
Blackwood - African
$70.5532.5 x 4.75 x 0.937 inBLAF1047

Rustic

70.55
Blackwood - African
$48.4226.5 x 2.9 x 0.875 inBLAF1046
Out of stock

Rustic. Width varies 2.9″ – 4.5″

48.42
Blackwood - African
$60.7831.375 x 3.25 x 0.687 inBLAF1045

Rustic. Width varies 3.25″ – 6.5″

60.78
Blackwood - African
$71.7624.25 x 5.5 x 0.937 inBLAF1044

Rustic

71.76
Blackwood - African
$55.7232.125 x 3.625 x 0.687 inBLAF1043

Rustic

55.72
Blackwood - African
$45.6030.75 x 3.437 x 0.687 inBLAF1042

Rustic

45.6
Blackwood - African
$56.0829.5 x 4.25 x 0.687 inBLAF1041

Rustic

56.08
Blackwood - African
$36.5428.125 x 1.125 x 0.687 inBLAF1040

Rustic. Width varies 1.125″ – 3.687″

36.54
Blackwood - African
$66.9927.9 x 4 x 0.875 inBLAF1039
Out of stock

Rustic

66.99
Blackwood - African
$35.1523.1875 x 2.625 x 0.75 inBLAF1038

Rustic. Width varies 2.65″ – 3.5″

35.15
Blackwood - African
$45.2325.6875 x 3.5 x 0.75 inBLAF1037

Rustic. Width varies 3.5″ – 4.25″

45.23
Blackwood - African
$47.0929.25 x 3.6875 x 0.75 inBLAF1036
Out of stock

Rustic. Width varies 3.0625″ – 3.5″

47.09
Blackwood - African
$58.3731.125 x 3.375 x 0.6875 inBLAF1035

Rustic. Width varies 3.375″ – 4.23″

58.37
Blackwood - African
$98.1734.75 x 4.25 x 0.75 inBLAF1034
Out of stock

Rustic. Width varies 4.35″ – 6.25″

98.17
Blackwood - African
$34.7324.125 x 3.25 x 0.6875 inBLAF1033

Rustic. Width varies 3.25″ – 3.6875″

34.73
Blackwood - African
$49.7520.125 x 4.125 x 0.8125 inBLAF1032
Out of stock

Rustic. Width varies 4.125″ – 4.625″

49.75
Blackwood - African
$32.5631.625 x 1.75 x 0.75 inBLAF1031

Rustic. Width varies 1.5″ – 4.5″

32.56
Blackwood - African
$57.1944 x 4.5 x 0.8 inBLAF1030
Out of stock

Rustic

57.19
Blackwood - African
$49.8936.5 x 4.5 x 0.8 inBLAF1029
Out of stock

Rustic

49.89
Blackwood - African
$30.6525.25 x 3.25 x 0.8 inBLAF1028
Out of stock

Rustic. Max width 4.25″, min 2.25″

30.65
Blackwood - African
$32.9026.5 x 3.25 x 0.8 inBLAF1027
Out of stock

Rustic. Max width 3.75″, Min 2.5″

32.9
Blackwood - African
$39.3530.5 x 4 x 0.8 inBLAF1026
Out of stock

Rustic

39.35
Blackwood - African
$39.3528 x 4.5 x 0.8 inBLAF1025
Out of stock

Rustic. Max width 5″, min 3.5″

39.35
Blackwood - African
$43.0027.5 x 6 x 0.8 inBLAF1024
Out of stock

Rustic. Max width 6.5″, min 4.75″

43
Blackwood - African
$29.7523.5 x 3 x 0.8 inBLAF1023
Out of stock

Rustic

29.75
Blackwood - African
$43.6333.25 x 3.5 x 0.8 inBLAF1022
Out of stock

Rustic. Max width 4″, min 2.5″

43.63
Blackwood - African
$41.6431.25 x 3.75 x 0.8 inBLAF1021

Rustic. Max width 4.5″, min 3″

41.64
Blackwood - African
$45.4335.5 x 4.25 x 0.8 inBLAF1020
Out of stock

Rustic. Max width 5″, min 3.75″

45.43
Blackwood - African
$34.7031.5 x 3.25 x 0.8 inBLAF1019
Out of stock

Rustic

34.7
Blackwood - African
$42.1934.75 x 4 x 0.8 inBLAF1018
Out of stock

Rustic

42.19
Blackwood - African
$23.1225 x 3.5 x 0.8 inBLAF1017
Out of stock

Rustic

23.12
Blackwood - African
$42.8227.75 x 3.75 x 0.8 inBLAF1016
Out of stock

Rustic. Max width 5.5″, min 2.5″

42.82
Blackwood - African
$38.5333.25 x 3.5 x 0.8 inBLAF1015

Rustic

38.53
Blackwood - African
$28.8027 x 3.75 x 0.8 inBLAF1014
Out of stock

Rustic

28.8
Blackwood - African
$45.5227.25 x 4.75 x 0.8 inBLAF1013
Out of stock

Rustic

45.52
Blackwood - African
$34.0734.75 x 3.25 x 0.8 inBLAF1012
Out of stock

Rustic

34.07
Blackwood - African
$18.6618.75 x 3 x 0.8 inBLAF1011
Out of stock

Rustic

18.66
Blackwood - African
$28.2624.75 x 3 x 0.8 inBLAF1010
Out of stock

Rustic. Max width 3.75″, min 2.75″

28.26
Blackwood - African
$35.7030.25 x 3.5 x 0.8 inBLAF1009

Rustic

35.7
Blackwood - African
$19.8332 x 2.75 x 0.8 inBLAF1008
Out of stock

Rustic. Max width 3.5″. Min 1.5″

19.83
Blackwood - African
$35.2023.5 x 4 x 0.8 inBLAF1007
Out of stock

Rustic

35.2
Blackwood - African
$20.8221.5 x 2.75 x 0.8 inBLAF1006
Out of stock

Rustic

20.82
Blackwood - African
$32.0024 x 3.5 x 0.8 inBLAF1005
Out of stock

Rustic

32
Blackwood - African
$62.4743.25 x 4.5 x 0.8 inBLAF1004
Out of stock

Rustic

62.47
Blackwood - African
$46.4229.5 x 5.75 x 0.8 inBLAF1003
Out of stock

Rustic

46.42
Blackwood - African
$35.6133.25 x 3 x 0.8 inBLAF1002
Out of stock

Rustic

35.61
Blackwood - African
$27.0427 x 2.75 x 0.8 inBLAF1001
Out of stock

Max width 3.75″, min 2″. Rustic

27.04

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