African black wood can be found essentially is Central Africa and Eastern Africa,particularly in Tanzania and Mozambique.Its trunk is composed of hard wood,the heart which is dead,and the sap-wood which is alive.
The heart of this wood is extremely hard and its texture is very compact.It's heavy and doen't float because of its density(1.3g/m²).It lose a very few of its volume while drying.
In accordance with its solidity,its oil content and the density of its poreous texture-which one makes possible to treat the smooth surface of the wood- African black wood stays pratically insensitive to ambient moisture and dampness.
It is so proved to be the heavier,denser and more water-proof wood existing,making it ideal for craftsmanship of wooden wind instruments. Beware this wood listed in CITES Annex. Please read the regulatory requirements on our blog https://www.mercorne.fr/fr/blog/40_BOIS-DE-WASHINGTON