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  BLACKWOOD-Wood and Trees
  Blackwood Tree


Dalbergia melanoxylon
Hardwood

The Trees:

Formerly know as African Ebony, Blackwood is found in arid regions of Africa. A flowering shrub or small tree, it has gray bark and spiny limbs with deciduous leaves. It is a slow growing tree, threatened by unsustainable harvesting in parts of Africa including Kenya because of the wood's high value.


 

 


African Blackwood

The Wood:

Black wood is dense, heavy and tight grained, black to purple or gray in color with a high contrast white or yellow sapwood. It is highly prized for use in woodwind instruments. It is a durable and difficult wood to work with, and highly sought after because of its natural dark color and dense grain for decorative and detailed work such as inlay.

 


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