Tuesday, February 12, 2013

African Blackwood (Dalbergia Melanoxylon)

Status: Near Threatened (Lower Risk) and widely available.

Other Common Names: Mpingo,
Found in Central/Southern African dry savanna regions, this member of the Fabaceae family (Dalbergia) grows to 25-40 feet in height and 2-3 feet in diameter.

Sapwood is a creamy white while the heartwood is very dark brown to nearly black and will darken with age and exposure.

Very dense as with most Rosewoods, it will dull cutting tools very quickly but turns beautifully. Specific Gravity: 1.08-1.31. Avg. Dry Weight: 82 pounds per cubic foot.

Very oily wood may make it difficult to apply a finish. Polishes well. Oils and dust can cause allergic reactions.

Highly sought after for tonal quality. Used to make Clarinets, Oboes, Highland Bag Pipes, etc. 

Burl formations are very rare.
African Blackwood with Sapwood

African Blackwood Burl

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