FSC® 100% African Blackwood

African blackwood (Dalbergia melanoxylon) is the primary wood used in the manufacturing of woodwind instruments – clarinets, oboes, flutes, piccolos and bagpipes.

  • Guitars and other Stringed Instruments  Guitars and other Stringed Instruments
  • Bagpipes  Bagpipes
  • Household Products  Household Products
  • Knives  Knives
  • Turning  Turning
  • Woodwind  Woodwind

Other names: mpingo (Swahili), grenadilla, pau preto

Uses: As well as being the primary wood of choice by the woodwind instrument industry, African Blackwood is highly prized in other woodmaking sectors. It's rarity in large sizes and superior tone make it one of the most sought after woods for making acoustic guitar backs and side, plus a superior material for fingerboards and bridges. And it is arguably the finest turning / carving wood in the world.

Average dried weight: 1200-1300kg/m3 at 12% MC

Janka hardness: 3863 lbf (17,000 N)