Blackwood African » Dalbergia melanoxylon
Blackwood African Characteristics
Blackwood African Wood CharacteristicsVery nice to work and polish, but also very hard. Takes an exceptional polish and is the Turning Wood of Kings for nothing holds fine detail as well as African Blackwood.
Color RangeHeartwood is dark purple-brown with dark black streaks and the sapwood is creamy white.
Other NamesAfrican blackwood, African ebony, African grenadilo, Banbanus, Ebene, Grenadilla, Grenadille d'Afrique, Mpingo, Mufunjo, Mugembe, Mukelete, Pau preto, Poyi, Zebra wood
Some Typical UsesMusical instruments such as clarinets, oboes, etc; turnery, inlay, and accents.
What's the Tree Like?The small tree develops more than a single stem, and typically grows to a height of 15 to 20 feet. The bole is often short, fluted, and rarely cylindrical, with diameters that are seldom more than 12. The Blackwood African tree grows in Africa, from Sudan southward to Mozambique, westward to Angola, and northward to Nigeria and Senegal. The tree is also reported to grow in western India.
6.25lbs /Bd. Ft.
74.58% heavier than red oak (3.58 /bd. ft.)
1700Janka Rating (?)
31.78% harder than red oak (1290 lbf)
1.00Specific Gravity (?)
56.25% more dense than red oak (.64)
Woodworking with Blackwood African: