African Blackwood Turning Squares Barrel

Dalbergia melanoxylon

The heartwood of African Blackwood (Dalbergia melanoxylon) is purplish to brownish-black with dark gray streaks giving an overall impression of being black. Lustrous with an attractive inner chatoyance. Very hard, heavy, close-grained, and virtually free from pores. Some squares may have sapwood corners or more, burly or wild grain, occasional bug holes, small inclusions, small checks, etc., i.e. they have the small defects common to Blackwood. Still, I have milled thousands of these and have produced beautiful turning squares with many of them instrument-quality.

We have had to make a slight change on how we are charging for our barrels of Blackwood squares. We have been importing these from Africa for nearly 40 years. In that time they have always measured pretty much the same sizes, i.e., 1 3/8-1 1/2" square x 7 1/2-8 1/2" long.

$2025.00 is the average price on one of these barrels. Your barrel may be slightly more or less depending on the number of squares and how much the barrel weighs when full. The actual price is $4.50 per pound and we usually get about 450 pounds of squares per barrel.

The price has gone up because we are out of our old stock. The squares in the barrel now are going to be of higher quality than they were previously. We expect to have more stock closer to the previous price later in the year, but due to the global pandemic, an exact timeline is not possible.

The barrel will ship via freight truck. Please call us if you have any questions. 503-274-1271

Due to CITES regulations, we can only ship this species to customers in the United States.

Item Number: OS77

ea. pc. 1 3/8-1 9/16 x 1 3/8-1 9/16 x 9-14"