Black Heart / Sassafras » Atherosperma moschatum
Black Heart / Sassafras Characteristics
Black Heart / Sassafras Wood CharacteristicsExtremely fine textured and moderately soft. Blackheart does have good tone qualities and bends easily, so it's becoming more popular with musical instrument makers. The wood is difficult to match in color from board to board, which makes the color variety a standard characteristic of this wood.
Color RangePale tan to white with irregular and interesting dark brown to nearly black markings, streaks and stripes. The color variation is very sporadic.
Other NamesTasmanian Sassafras, Black Heart, Blackheart, Southern Sassafras
Some Typical UsesHandles, turnery, musical instruments, carving, and accessories
What's the Tree Like?Grows to 80 feet high and a small diameter of about 30 inches. The Black Heart / Sassafras tree grows in Tasmania & Australia
2.33lbs /Bd. Ft.
-34.92% lighter than red oak(3.58 /bd. ft.)
1658Janka Rating (?)
28.53% harder than red oak (1290 lbf)
0.00Specific Gravity (?)
-100.00% less dense than red oak(.64)
Woodworking with Black Heart / Sassafras: