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This is going to cost you…. Parts of Europe have caught on, and have already began plantations of Black Locust to supplant tropical hardwoods. Some pieces can be just about a dark as true ebony, with just a hint of purple.

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Other pieces can be a more reddish brown with black streaks. Believe it. Some woods are loved for their color, others are loved for their streaks and stripes. Macacauba has both. Other hideous names this wood has suffered with include: Macawood, Hormigo, and Coyote. I have amassed over wood species on a single poster, arranged into eight major geographic regions, with each wood sorted and ranked according to its Janka hardness.

Each wood has been meticulously documented and photographed, listed with its Janka hardness value in lbf and geographic and global hardness rankings. Consider this: the venerable Red Oak Quercus rubra sits at only 33 in North America and worldwide for hardness!

Aspiring wood nerds be advised: your syllabus may be calling for Worldwide Woods as part of your next assignment! Personally for the reasons mentioned above, I would stick with the name Macacauba and Market the hell out of its beauty and simplicity of familiarity. Can anyone tell me about Ndung from Sri Lanka. Must be a big tree, furniture timber. I think it sinks in water. I had a Paulownia Tree I planted in my back yard and it grew to 16 feet after a year from less than 3 feet.

It is a wonderful tonewood with a bright sound and it is light. It can grow to 50 ft.

You chop it down and it grows right back from the stump. It burns at degrees Fahrenheit and photosynthesizes more CO2 than any other tree on the planet. Spain is planting them to reforest all the trees cut down that were needed to build ships in the early years of the Empire.

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The root system is extensive and hard to remove. Light but surprisingly strong. I have 50 acres. I want to start a tree farm. Recently used Mopane to turn a pen from, drilling was difficult as it burnt a lot because of the resin. Turned very well though, without a problem and came off in warm streams of the wood. Finishing was great and came out very shiny after wet sanding with paste wax, I put some carnauba over it but would prefer to use a harder finish in the future.

Might order some more Mopane, fantastic wood with good working properties and good looking with an interesting grain. They are early-succession generalists that can commensally fix nitrogen. Rybacki—did you mean Horse Apple?

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