Description of wood: Heartwood brown with black streaked with black. Sapwood usually distinctly paler. Fine texture yields a very smooth finish.
Dry density kg/m3: 1000
Workability: Difficult to work because of its hardness and dulling effect on tool edges. Turns well. Glues satisfactorily. Needs pre-boring for nails. Sanding dust can be irritant to some people.
Use: Musical instrument making, inlay, carving and decorative handles.
Availability: Commercially available.