African Blackwood - Dalbergia melanoxylon
African Blackwood heartwood is dark purple-brown with dark black streaks and the sapwood is creamy white. The small tree is reported to often develop more than a single stem. It usually grows to a height of 15 to 20 feet, but may occasionally reach 50 feet (15 m). The bole is often short, fluted, and rarely cylindrical, with diameters that are seldom more than 12 inches. The Wood is very nice to work, but very hard. Takes an exceptional polish and is the “Turning wood of Kings” for nothing holds fine detail as well as African Blackwood. African Blackwood is known for having an irritating chemical which can cause respiratory irritation in some people. Generally, the irritant effect from this chemical in the wood is greatly diminished or eliminated after drying. It is strongly suggested that anyone working with African Blackwood use caution and emphasize use of proper protection. Source Region: South Africa, from Sudan southward to Mozambique, westward to Angola, and northward to Nigeria and Senegal. This material is top turning grade material!!!
PLEASE NOTE: In addition to our standard return policy conditions, all costs incurred to ship wood back to Atlas will be at the buyer’s expense. The wood cannot be machined in any way, and must have our stamp on it.
** PLEASE NOTE - Starting January of 2017 ALL DALBERGIA SPECIES are now listed on CITES and CANNOT BE EXPORTED. Any foreign orders with these species on them will be cancelled.