Materials Used in Ornamental Turning - African Blackwood

Ornamentally Turned Objects



This is a good wood for ornamental turning. The wood is easily worked, and it holds shapes well.

Some turners don't like the very prominent pores in the wood. I find that it works well when paired with another piece, e.g., when this is used for the lid on a box made from a different wood.

It has reasonable availability, and is not overly costly.


This wood is not highly available, especially in large pieces. Prototyping the design on less expensive and more easily available woods is highly recommended.

Work Holding

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Ornamental Turning Notes

I have to use a tooth brush sometimes to brush away small slivers of wood that didn't get taken off when cutting the shape. Using a tooth brush didn't cause any changes to the cut edges.


Finishing this may be necessary to bring out the beauty of the wood. Without a finish, it may look a bit dry. I use Tried & True’s Original Wood Finish.

Other Notes

More information is in The Wood Database.

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