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African Blackwood

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Over 40 Years In Service

Botanical Name:

Dalbergia melanoxylon



Other Names:

Congowood, Mozambique ebony, Mpingo

Tree Height:

15-25 ft

Tree Diameter:

rarely over 1 ft

Weight at 12% moisture content:

83 lbs./ft.3

Growing Regions:

Sudan to Mozambique, Angola, and Nigeria to Senegal

General Characteristics:

The heartwood of African Blackwood is a dark purplish-brown with black streaking. The texture is fine and even and the grain straight. African Blackwood is also slightly oily.


Primarily used for woodwind instruments, guitars, turnery work, knife handles, walking sticks, carvings and more.

Working Properties:

A. Blackwood is often difficult to plane and machine with tools, yet is excellent for turnery. Usually, African Blackwood is machined with metal-working equipment.

Suitable Substitutes:

Honduras Rosewood


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“A Guide to Useful Woods of the World, Second Edition”, Forest Products Society, 2001, pg. 211

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