Wood used in construction
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 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.
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… 🙂