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Blackwood – African

Dalbergia melanoxylon
Also known as |
African Blackwood|Mpingo
Blackwood - African Lumber @ Rare Woods USA

African Blackwood is native to the seasonally dry regions of Africa, from Senegal eastwards to Eritrea and southwards to the northern parts of South Africa. 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.)

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

Why We Love This Wood

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.

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    Vital Statistics
    Main Color GroupBlack
    Grain Pattern Even
    Avg Dry Weight - LB/BF6.6
    Avg Dry Weight - KG/M31270
    Janka Hardness - LBF3670
    Janka Hardness - N16320
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    4/4-8/4 Lumber
    Select & better
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    Blackwood-African-Rustic-3/4Live-edgedS2Sboards

    3/4 Live-edged S2S boards

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    Art pieces

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    Turning Squares – Blackwood – African

    Our African Blackwood turning blanks come in range of sizes and are excellent quality lumber.

    The sizes are all rough-guides, but are basically accurate.If you have very strict size criteria, please just drop us an email to confirm they will meet your expectations.The photographs are representative of the stock you will receive.

    TURNBLAF1001

    Our African Blackwood turning blanks come in range of sizes and are excellent quality lumber.

    The sizes are all rough-guides, but are basically accurate.

    If you have very strict size criteria, please just drop us an email to confirm they will meet your expectations.

    The photographs are representative of the stock you will receive.

    $12.00$49.00

    Turning Squares – Blackwood – African

    Our African Blackwood turning blanks come in range of sizes and are excellent quality lumber.

    The sizes are all rough-guides, but are basically accurate.If you have very strict size criteria, please just drop us an email to confirm they will meet your expectations.The photographs are representative of the stock you will receive.

    $12.00$49.00

    Fingerboard – Blackwood – African
    African Blackwood Fingerboard20.5" x 2.65" x 0.30" (minimum)Manufactured with luthiers in mind, but excellent blanks for box-making and other smaller itemsPhotographs are representative of what you will receive
    FINGERBLAF1001
    20.5 × 2.7 × 0.3 in

    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

    $50.00

    Fingerboard – Blackwood – African
    African Blackwood Fingerboard20.5" x 2.65" x 0.30" (minimum)Manufactured with luthiers in mind, but excellent blanks for box-making and other smaller itemsPhotographs are representative of what you will receive
    FINGERBLAF1001
    20.5 × 2.7 × 0.3 in

    $50.00

    Fingerboard – Blackwood – African
    FINGERBLAF1001
    20.5 × 2.7 × 0.3 in

    $50.00

    Blackwood – African (B Squares – 1.5×23.5)
    4-piece pack: B Grade African Blackwood Turning Squares. Rough Dimensions: 1.5x1.5x23.5" - can occasionally be a bit undersized or oversized. 50% cheaper than our A grade price. Pieces might have wane, sap, rot, cracks present and/or be of lower color quality, but are still very usable. We photograph all 4 sides of each piece/pack. What you see is what you get.
    BLAFSQB4001
    23.5 × 1.5 × 1.5 in

    4-piece pack: B Grade African Blackwood Turning Squares.
    Rough Dimensions: 1.5×1.5×23.5″ – can occasionally be a bit undersized or oversized.
    50% cheaper than our A grade price.
    Pieces might have wane, sap, rot, cracks present and/or be of lower color quality, but are still very usable.
    We photograph all 4 sides of each piece/pack. What you see is what you get.

    $98.00

    Blackwood – African (B Squares – 1.5×23.5)
    4-piece pack: B Grade African Blackwood Turning Squares. Rough Dimensions: 1.5x1.5x23.5" - can occasionally be a bit undersized or oversized. 50% cheaper than our A grade price. Pieces might have wane, sap, rot, cracks present and/or be of lower color quality, but are still very usable. We photograph all 4 sides of each piece/pack. What you see is what you get.
    BLAFSQB4001
    23.5 × 1.5 × 1.5 in

    $98.00

    Blackwood – African (B Squares – 1.5×23.5)
    BLAFSQB4001
    23.5 × 1.5 × 1.5 in

    $98.00

    Blackwood – African (B Squares – 1.5×15)
    6-piece pack: B Grade African Blackwood Turning Squares.Rough Dimensions: 1.5x1.5x15" - can occasionally be a bit undersized or oversized. 50% cheaper than our A grade price.Pieces might have wane, sap, rot, cracks present and/or be of lower color quality, but are still very usable.We photograph all 4 sides of each piece/pack. What you see is what you get.
    BLAFSQB3004
    15 × 1.5 × 1.5 in

    6-piece pack: B Grade African Blackwood Turning Squares.Rough Dimensions: 1.5×1.5×15″ – can occasionally be a bit undersized or oversized. 50% cheaper than our A grade price.Pieces might have wane, sap, rot, cracks present and/or be of lower color quality, but are still very usable.We photograph all 4 sides of each piece/pack. What you see is what you get.

    $93.00

    Blackwood – African (B Squares – 1.5×15)
    6-piece pack: B Grade African Blackwood Turning Squares.Rough Dimensions: 1.5x1.5x15" - can occasionally be a bit undersized or oversized. 50% cheaper than our A grade price.Pieces might have wane, sap, rot, cracks present and/or be of lower color quality, but are still very usable.We photograph all 4 sides of each piece/pack. What you see is what you get.
    BLAFSQB3004
    15 × 1.5 × 1.5 in

    $93.00

    Blackwood – African (B Squares – 1.5×15)
    BLAFSQB3004
    15 × 1.5 × 1.5 in

    $93.00

    Blackwood – African (B Squares – 1.5×15)
    6-piece pack: B Grade African Blackwood Turning Squares.Rough Dimensions: 1.5x1.5x15" - can occasionally be a bit undersized or oversized. 50% cheaper than our A grade price.Pieces might have wane, sap, rot, cracks present and/or be of lower color quality, but are still very usable.We photograph all 4 sides of each piece/pack. What you see is what you get.
    BLAFSQB3002
    15 × 1.5 × 1.5 in

    6-piece pack: B Grade African Blackwood Turning Squares.Rough Dimensions: 1.5×1.5×15″ – can occasionally be a bit undersized or oversized. 50% cheaper than our A grade price.Pieces might have wane, sap, rot, cracks present and/or be of lower color quality, but are still very usable.We photograph all 4 sides of each piece/pack. What you see is what you get.

    $93.00

    Blackwood – African (B Squares – 1.5×15)
    6-piece pack: B Grade African Blackwood Turning Squares.Rough Dimensions: 1.5x1.5x15" - can occasionally be a bit undersized or oversized. 50% cheaper than our A grade price.Pieces might have wane, sap, rot, cracks present and/or be of lower color quality, but are still very usable.We photograph all 4 sides of each piece/pack. What you see is what you get.
    BLAFSQB3002
    15 × 1.5 × 1.5 in

    $93.00

    Blackwood – African (B Squares – 1.5×15)
    BLAFSQB3002
    15 × 1.5 × 1.5 in

    $93.00

    Blackwood – African (B Squares – 1.5×15)
    6-piece pack: B Grade African Blackwood Turning Squares.Rough Dimensions: 1.5x1.5x15" - can occasionally be a bit undersized or oversized. 50% cheaper than our A grade price.Pieces might have wane, sap, rot, cracks present and/or be of lower color quality, but are still very usable.We photograph all 4 sides of each piece/pack. What you see is what you get.
    BLAFSQB3001
    15 × 1.5 × 1.5 in

    6-piece pack: B Grade African Blackwood Turning Squares.Rough Dimensions: 1.5×1.5×15″ – can occasionally be a bit undersized or oversized. 50% cheaper than our A grade price.Pieces might have wane, sap, rot, cracks present and/or be of lower color quality, but are still very usable.We photograph all 4 sides of each piece/pack. What you see is what you get.

    $93.00

    Blackwood – African (B Squares – 1.5×15)
    6-piece pack: B Grade African Blackwood Turning Squares.Rough Dimensions: 1.5x1.5x15" - can occasionally be a bit undersized or oversized. 50% cheaper than our A grade price.Pieces might have wane, sap, rot, cracks present and/or be of lower color quality, but are still very usable.We photograph all 4 sides of each piece/pack. What you see is what you get.
    BLAFSQB3001
    15 × 1.5 × 1.5 in

    $93.00

    Blackwood – African (B Squares – 1.5×15)
    BLAFSQB3001
    15 × 1.5 × 1.5 in

    $93.00

    Blackwood – African (B Squares-1.5×12″)
    6-piece pack: B Grade African Blackwood Turning Squares. Rough Dimensions: 1.5x1.5x12" - can occasionally be a bit undersized. 50% cheaper than our A grade price. Pieces might have wane, sap, rot, cracks present and/or be of lower color quality, but are still very usable. We photograph all 4 sides of each piece/pack. What you see is what you get.
    BLAFSQB2005
    12 × 1.5 × 1.5 in

    6-piece pack: B Grade African Blackwood Turning Squares.
    Rough Dimensions: 1.5×1.5×12″ – can occasionally be a bit undersized.
    50% cheaper than our A grade price.
    Pieces might have wane, sap, rot, cracks present and/or be of lower color quality, but are still very usable.
    We photograph all 4 sides of each piece/pack. What you see is what you get.

    $75.00

    Blackwood – African (B Squares-1.5×12″)
    6-piece pack: B Grade African Blackwood Turning Squares. Rough Dimensions: 1.5x1.5x12" - can occasionally be a bit undersized. 50% cheaper than our A grade price. Pieces might have wane, sap, rot, cracks present and/or be of lower color quality, but are still very usable. We photograph all 4 sides of each piece/pack. What you see is what you get.
    BLAFSQB2005
    12 × 1.5 × 1.5 in

    $75.00

    Blackwood – African (B Squares-1.5×12″)
    BLAFSQB2005
    12 × 1.5 × 1.5 in

    $75.00

    Blackwood – African (B Squares-1.5×12″)
    6-piece pack: B Grade African Blackwood Turning Squares.Rough Dimensions: 1.5x1.5x12" - can occasionally be a bit undersized. 50% cheaper than our A grade price.Pieces might have wane, sap, rot, cracks present and/or be of lower color quality, but are still very usable.We photograph all 4 sides of each piece/pack. What you see is what you get.
    BLAFSQB2003
    12 × 1.5 × 1.5 in

    6-piece pack: B Grade African Blackwood Turning Squares.Rough Dimensions: 1.5×1.5×12″ – can occasionally be a bit undersized. 50% cheaper than our A grade price.Pieces might have wane, sap, rot, cracks present and/or be of lower color quality, but are still very usable.We photograph all 4 sides of each piece/pack. What you see is what you get.

    $75.00

    Blackwood – African (B Squares-1.5×12″)
    6-piece pack: B Grade African Blackwood Turning Squares.Rough Dimensions: 1.5x1.5x12" - can occasionally be a bit undersized. 50% cheaper than our A grade price.Pieces might have wane, sap, rot, cracks present and/or be of lower color quality, but are still very usable.We photograph all 4 sides of each piece/pack. What you see is what you get.
    BLAFSQB2003
    12 × 1.5 × 1.5 in

    $75.00

    Blackwood – African (B Squares-1.5×12″)
    BLAFSQB2003
    12 × 1.5 × 1.5 in

    $75.00

    Blackwood – African (B Squares-1.5×12″)
    6-piece pack: B Grade African Blackwood Turning Squares.Rough Dimensions: 1.5x1.5x12" - can occasionally be a bit undersized. 50% cheaper than our A grade price.Pieces might have wane, sap, rot, cracks present and/or be of lower color quality, but are still very usable.We photograph all 4 sides of each piece/pack. What you see is what you get.
    BLAFSQB2002
    12 × 1.5 × 1.5 in

    6-piece pack: B Grade African Blackwood Turning Squares.Rough Dimensions: 1.5×1.5×12″ – can occasionally be a bit undersized. 50% cheaper than our A grade price.Pieces might have wane, sap, rot, cracks present and/or be of lower color quality, but are still very usable.We photograph all 4 sides of each piece/pack. What you see is what you get.

    $75.00

    Blackwood – African (B Squares-1.5×12″)
    6-piece pack: B Grade African Blackwood Turning Squares.Rough Dimensions: 1.5x1.5x12" - can occasionally be a bit undersized. 50% cheaper than our A grade price.Pieces might have wane, sap, rot, cracks present and/or be of lower color quality, but are still very usable.We photograph all 4 sides of each piece/pack. What you see is what you get.
    BLAFSQB2002
    12 × 1.5 × 1.5 in

    $75.00

    Blackwood – African (B Squares-1.5×12″)
    BLAFSQB2002
    12 × 1.5 × 1.5 in

    $75.00

    Blackwood – African – unique squares
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    BLAF1130
    12.25 × 2.19 × 2.19 in

    Clear.

    $73.44

    Blackwood – African – unique squares
    Clear.
    BLAF1130
    12.25 × 2.19 × 2.19 in

    $73.44

    Blackwood – African – unique squares
    BLAF1130
    12.25 × 2.19 × 2.19 in

    $73.44

    Blackwood – African – unique squares
    Clear.
    BLAF1128
    12.19 × 2.13 × 2.19 in

    Clear.

    $78.19

    Blackwood – African – unique squares
    Clear.
    BLAF1128
    12.19 × 2.13 × 2.19 in

    $78.19

    Blackwood – African – unique squares
    BLAF1128
    12.19 × 2.13 × 2.19 in

    $78.19

    Blackwood – African – unique squares
    Nice piece.
    BLAF1125
    25.44 × 1.5 × 0.88 in

    Nice piece.

    $46.17

    Blackwood – African – unique squares
    Nice piece.
    BLAF1125
    25.44 × 1.5 × 0.88 in

    $46.17

    Blackwood – African – unique squares
    BLAF1125
    25.44 × 1.5 × 0.88 in

    $46.17

    Blackwood – African – unique squares
    Clear.
    BLAF1123
    8.25 × 1.75 × 1.75 in

    Clear.

    $34.74

    Blackwood – African – unique squares
    Clear.
    BLAF1123
    8.25 × 1.75 × 1.75 in

    $34.74

    Blackwood – African – unique squares
    BLAF1123
    8.25 × 1.75 × 1.75 in

    $34.74

    Blackwood – African – unique squares
    Clear.
    BLAF1120
    6.25 × 1.88 × 1.88 in

    Clear.

    $30.37

    Blackwood – African – unique squares
    Clear.
    BLAF1120
    6.25 × 1.88 × 1.88 in

    $30.37

    Blackwood – African – unique squares
    BLAF1120
    6.25 × 1.88 × 1.88 in

    $30.37

    Blackwood – African – unique squares
    Clear.
    BLAF1118
    3.5 × 3 × 1.75 in

    Clear.

    $25.27

    Blackwood – African – unique squares
    Clear.
    BLAF1118
    3.5 × 3 × 1.75 in

    $25.27

    Blackwood – African – unique squares
    BLAF1118
    3.5 × 3 × 1.75 in

    $25.27

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