Black Limba

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Black Limba

Black Limba, scientifically known as Terminalia superba, is a hardwood species native to West Africa. It is highly regarded for its unique and attractive appearance, featuring a range of colors from pale yellow to brown with dark streaks, and its excellent workability in woodworking.

Appearance and Characteristics

Black Limba is celebrated for its unique appearance, featuring a range of colors from pale yellow to brown with dark streaks, giving the wood a distinctive and eye-catching grain pattern. The wood typically has a straight to interlocked grain pattern and a medium texture. Black Limba is moderately heavy, typically weighing around 3.5 to 4.0 pounds per board foot (794 to 907 kilograms per cubic meter).


Black Limba is known for its excellent workability. It is relatively easy to machine, cut, shape, and sand. The wood takes finishes and polishes effectively, allowing for a smooth and refined surface. Black Limba can be carved and sculpted with precision, making it a favorite for intricate details and fine woodworking projects. Woodworkers appreciate Black Limba for its workability and unique appearance.

Uses in Woodworking

Black Limba is often sought after for its unique appearance and workability in various woodworking applications, including:

  • Fine Furniture: Black Limba is a popular choice for crafting fine furniture, particularly for tabletops, cabinetry, and decorative accents. Its unique grain pattern adds a contemporary and artistic touch to furniture designs.

  • Cabinetry: The wood's unique appearance makes it suitable for cabinetry, where it can be used to create visual interest and character in kitchen and bathroom cabinets.

  • Veneer: Black Limba is often sliced into veneer for use in high-end furniture, cabinetry, and decorative applications, where its unique appearance enhances the visual appeal.

  • Decorative Woodworking: Woodworkers often choose Black Limba for decorative projects, such as carving, inlays, and fine details, where its workability and distinctive appearance shine.


Black Limba offers good durability for various applications:

  • Indoor Use: Black Limba is suitable for indoor applications, particularly for fine furniture, cabinetry, and decorative woodworking. It can withstand normal wear and use when properly finished and maintained.

  • Outdoor Use: Black Limba is not recommended for outdoor use, as it is not inherently resistant to moisture and weather conditions. It is primarily chosen for interior projects.

  • Bug/Insect and Rot Resistance: Black Limba exhibits natural resistance to insects and decay, contributing to its longevity in various applications.

Black Limba's unique appearance, workability, and the ability to create visually captivating projects make it a favored choice for fine woodworking, especially for those looking to add a touch of artistic character to their creations.