Black Palm (Borassus
flabellifer) is a hard, dense wood
with a unique grain/texture that can be difficult to work with. Very
tools are required to work with it. Therefore, Black Palm is not
usually recommended for the extreme novice woodturner. However, the streaks of the grain can vary in color from black to
light brown producing beautiful finished works.
Black Palm is native to Southeast Asia. Although the trees can reach heights of 100
feet, the lumber that is produced is rarely over 6
inches in width.
Because of its high density Black Palm has an average specific gravity of about 0.68.