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Mopane--the lightning tree!
Mopane is a wood that is excellent
for making bagpipes, flutes and other woodwind instruments. Some
people even prefer the sound to that of African blackwood, the industry
standard. Interestingly, in a work published in 1857 about
his African missionary travels, the famous Dr. David Livingstone ("Dr.
Livingstone, I presume") mentions mopane as a tree that the natives warned
him to stay away from in a lightning storm, as they said "the lightning
hates it". Apparently the tree is struck by lightning much more than
other trees in the area. Mopane is the national tree of Namibia.
It is a very hard and dense wood, being an excellent turning wood and musical
instrument wood. Has a specific gravity around 1.0 or sometimes more.
The pieces sold below are on the high end of density. It is an easily dried wood, most pieces sold are at least partially dried.
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