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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.)

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.

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

Why We Love This Wood

Hard to get clean sections and hard to work, but the results are totally worth the effort!

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    Blackwood - African Lumber @ Rare Woods USA
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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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    Blackwood-African-Select&better-4/4-8/4Lumber
    4/4-8/4 Lumber
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    3/4 Live-edged S2S boards

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    6
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