Also known as Palmyra Palm. Found in Tropical Asia and Africa.
Black fibers embedded in a lighter tan or light brown colored body. Fibers are more densely packed toward the outside of the tree trunk, becoming more and more sparse toward the center of the tree. The center core of the tree is soft and is not used for lumber. Black Palm has a medium to fine texture, though it is by no means even or uniform. Grain is very straight, and contains no growth rings, knots, or defects.
Tends to be quite difficult to work with both machine and hand tools. The hard fibers contrast with the soft body of the wood, and can be brittle and splinter or pull out. Very sharp tools and correct cutting angles are required to get clean results. Applying a hardener or sanding sealer prior to final sanding/machining may help give a more homogenous density and reduce tearout. The lighter colored body of the wood tends to absorb larger quantities of finish, so care must be taken during finishing; a sanding sealer is recommended.
Flooring, boatbuilding, walking sticks, knife and tool handles, furniture, and turned objects. Because of cost it is often used as accent pieces and inlays.
Widths: 3" to 5"
Lengths: 3' to 5'
Surfacing: Skip planed
Black Palm Links:
The Wood Database