tasmanian blackwood wood


With koa getting harder and harder to find, Australian Blackwood is becoming a warranted substitute.

  • Member of the prized acacia family
  • Grows around the world but best known to grow in Tasmania
  • Very rich color with great variation from log to log
  • Very versatile wood for projects ranging from musical instruments to fine furniture
  • It can have very good figure ranging from birdseye to fiddleback curl
  • Figure appears best on the quarter and is widely used in musical instruments
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Characteristics of Tasmanian Blackwood

Origin of Wood Type Australia
Botanical Name Acacia melanoxylon
Specific Gravity 0.66
Avg. Weight Per BF 4.00 lb/ bf
Color Range Gold- Red- Brown
Rarity / Availability Readily Available, highly figured material can be rare
Typical Avg. Width 3″ to 12″, flitches can be found up to 36″ wide
Typical Avg. Length 4′ to 12′, rarely up to 16′
Avg. Waste Factor 30% to 50%
Wood Uses Fine Furniture, Cabinetry, Architectural Millwork, Guitar Building / Instrument Making, Wood Turning, Wood Carving, Flooring, Gun Stocks and many other uses
Lumber Grades Common 1 & 2, Select and Better, FAS, Quartersawn, Quartersawn (Figured), Flitch, Figured (Heavy), Figured (Medium), Veneer
Other Trade Names Black Wattle, Australian Blackwood, Australian Koa, Black Acacia
Tasmanian Blackwood Lumber Pricing

Sample Pictures of Tasmanian Blackwood

Please Note: The photos below are examples of the species and may no longer be products available for sale.

All pictures of wood that appear wet, have been sprayed with denatured alcohol to show the natural color.  We use denatured alcohol because it evaporates and does not affect the moisture content.