Mpingo (African Black Wood)


The 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.

2 reviews for Mpingo (African Black Wood)

  1. Elegance de Magnética « Artisan Dice

    […] run. From right to left we have, American Holly, English Walnut with Turquoise Inlay, Snakewood and Mpino, Blue Mahoe, an unknown ebony, and a gator jawbone cast in Bayou Blue […]

  2. Water Buffalo Round #2 – Artisan Dice

    […] this round we’ve got a stunning full polyhedral set in a Bloodwood and Mpingo box which has already been spoken for, along with 5 d20′s that are still up for […]

  3. 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.

  4. 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

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