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

On the outside, the African blackwood tree looks ordinary, often short and spindly, but beneath the bark and sapwood lies dark, lustrous heartwood with a resinous texture which is resistant to splitting or cracking and which creates a superior tone when turned into an instrument.

Additional markets are emerging for African blackwood in the guitar making sector, which traditionally uses ebony (Diospyros spp.) plus there is smaller scale demand from a number of manufacturing sectors including consumer products such as luxury jewellery, pens and knives.