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. However our latest container load was mostly full of squares a third to a half again as big as usual. So, instead of charging per piece we are going to weigh the squares and charge $2.50 per lb. The barrels will weigh more so will be a tad more expensive.
$1125.00 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 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
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