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Mpingo (African Black Wood)

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Order Mpingo (African Black Wood)

africanblackwoodThe original Ebony is not what you might think it is. It’s not even an Ebony. Traditionally we view Gabon Ebony as THE Ebony, but that is not the case. Historically speaking Mpingo, or African Blackwood, was the dark black wood that was imported in to Egypt for thousands of years, and even mentioned in the Bible. So the original Ebony was a Rosewood. Go Figure…

African Blackwood is a super dense True Rosewood with the finest grain of any known wood. Which results from is slow growth in the dry arid areas of South Africa. This makes it an ideal wood for world-class woodwind instruments like clarinets, oboes,  and bag-pipes as well as an ideal turning wood since that fine grain will hold even the most minute detail and polishes to a glassy smooth finish.

As of January 2017, The Mpingo tree has been added to the CITES list as an endangered species, mostly due to exploitation and illegal logging by Chinese traders in Tanzania and Mozambique. As such, Mpingo can no longer be imported, nor can we ship these dice internationally.

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    After having made your selection above, please choose the die/dice that you would like to have customize. For instance, if ordering a Full Polyhedral Set, you may have the entire set customized, just the d20, or only the six sided dice. Please note this option will set the price for Engraving options and Embellishments. 

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    We offer 2 styles of engraving. Our standard engraving style burns the outline of the number on each face. This outline style of engraving works well with our Infill technique of Embellishment, and is great for adding a splash of cost effective color to your chosen dice. The second style of engraving we offer is a Raster Engraving style. This process burns solid numbers into each face of the dice and works very well with our Inlay techniques of Embellishment, which allows us to make use of real metal alloys and crush semiprecious stones. 


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    If you'd like to have your dice engraved in a custom font please upload your chosen font in True Type Font format (*.ttf). We will not accept any custom engraving work for copyright materials. Yes this means things like Aurebesh and Klingon are off limits.


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    We offer 2 styles of engraving. Our standard engraving style burns the outline of the number on each face. This outline style of engraving works well with our Infill technique of Embellishment, and is great for adding a splash of cost effective color to your chosen dice. The second style of engraving we offer is a Raster Engraving style. This process burns solid numbers into each face of the dice and works very well with our Inlay techniques of Embellishment, which allows us to make use of real metal alloys and crush semiprecious stones. 


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    If you'd like to have your dice engraved in a custom font please upload your chosen font in True Type Font format (*.ttf). We will not accept any custom engraving work for copyright materials. Yes this means things like Aurebesh and Klingon are off limits.


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    We offer 2 styles of engraving. Our standard engraving style burns the outline of the number on each face. This outline style of engraving works well with our Infill technique of Embellishment, and is great for adding a splash of cost effective color to your chosen dice. The second style of engraving we offer is a Raster Engraving style. This process burns solid numbers into each face of the dice and works very well with our Inlay techniques of Embellishment, which allows us to make use of real metal alloys and crush semiprecious stones. 


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    If you'd like to have your dice engraved in a custom font please upload your chosen font in True Type Font format (*.ttf). We will not accept any custom engraving work for copyright materials. Yes this means things like Aurebesh and Klingon are off limits.


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4 reviews for Mpingo (African Black Wood)

  1. Townsend

    Good on them for repopulating this tree, that’s a gorgeous timber and it would be an absolute shame to see it lost from the world completely

    • Charlie Brumfield

      agreed! mpingo is one of my favorite woods

  2. Rob

    Yeah, definitely good to hear that it is being kept safe and sustainable. However, I’m wondering when these dice might become available?

    • Charlie Brumfield

      sorry about that rob. i forgot to turn on the shopping cart info. it’s fixed now and should be available.

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