Wood

Wood used in construction

Ironwood
(Olea Capensis)

The Ironwood tree grows mainly in the Tsitsikamma forests around Knysna, South Africa.

With a Janka hardness of over 13000N, it can be a difficult timber to work, but it is very durable and extremely strong.

Ironwood is my favorite wood for marimba keys. It has a high resonance and the wood has nuances and differences that give it a strong African feel.


Yellowwood
(Podocarpus latifolius)

Yellowwood is an even-grained, lightweight South African wood. This wood is perfect for Marimba Frames as it is light and strong, the wood does not twist and sets a good base for the Marimba keys.

It is also good for resonators. The heartwood is pale yellowish brown, and not easy to distinguish from the sapwood; reddish streaks are sometimes present (in the heart). Grains are typically straight, though occasionally wavy; its texture is fine and consistent, with a nice natural luster.


Blackwood
(Acacia Melanoxylon)

Without question, the densest and most un-rosewood-like of the Dalbergia’s.

African Blackwood is a consistent favorite with acoustic guitar luthiers, wood turners, carvers and fine furniture craftsmen, alike; it remains one of the world’s most coveted musical woods.

African Blackwood often appears almost completely black, with its grains hardly discernible. I love to use the Blackwood for resonators, frames and legs for the Marimbas.


Tons of Wood

As I began to travel and take the sound of wood to other countries and communities, I will be encountering other rare and exotic wood to use for my crafts!

So stay tuned for more content!

excuse the puns… 🙂