African blackwood is considered to be among the hardest and densest of woods in the world; indeed, among some 285 species tested, (including Lignum Vitae), Gabriel Janka originally found African Blackwood to be the very hardest.
Is African blackwood brittle?
“It’s better than Gabon ebony because it is not as brittle.” The heartwood is nearly black, which is why it is often confused with ebony (Diospyros dendo). The whitish-yellowish sapwood is narrow. African blackwood is extremely heavy and hard, with a specific gravity of 1.08.
Which country is the largest producer of timber in Africa?
Gabon is the largest exporter of raw wood in the region, and its sales represent 20% of Africa’s raw wood exports. Forestry is second only to the petroleum sector in export earnings, at $319.4 million in 2003.
What is wood used for in Africa?
Substantial informal tree and wood products activities
Again, there is also substantial informal secondary and tertiary tree and wood products activities, e.g. in the chainsaw milling and pit-sawing, building material (scaffolding), furniture, wood carvings, and other sectors.