Black Palm » Borassus flabellifer

Why Black Palm?
Here's what to know about woodworking with this wood
woodworking characteristics

Character

Has a medium texture, but it is not uniform. The woody material comes from the outer layer of the tree, rendering the pieces usually rather small. It's prone to splintering when working with the material, so use caution.
color of Black Palm

Color Range

Black and cream or white, typically in a unique interlocked pattern that's visually reminiscent to television static
other names for Black Palm

Other Names

Black Palm, Palmyra Palm, coconut
uses for Black Palm

Some Typical Uses

Musical instruments, decorative turnings, handles, inlay
the Black Palm tree

What's the Tree Like?

A tall, narrow tree commonly thought of as a coconut tree. Can be up to 100 feet tall, but just 2' feet in diameter. Black palm trees are just about the opposite of hardwood trees. It's a monocotyledon without growth rings, and the center of the tree is soft, punky and watery. The woody material is actually extracted from the outer layer of the tree. The Black Palm tree grows in Africa
map of where this wood grows
Weight

5.08

lbs /Bd. Ft.
41.90% heavier than red oak (3.58 /bd. ft.)
Hardness

2020

Janka Rating (?)
56.59% harder than red oak (1290 lbf)
Density

0.97

Specific Gravity (?)
51.56% more dense than red oak (.64)

Woodworking with Black Palm:

General Workability
Somewhat Difficult 9/10
Red Oak

Wood Texture
Coarse 8/10
Red Oak

Ease of Finishing
Average 7/10
Red Oak