Blackheart Sassafras


Tasmanian Blackheart Sassafras (Atherosperma). This species is visually outstanding and will get you a crowd even if you can't play guitar! 

Tasmanian Blackheart Sassafras has a very unique warm personality, though balanced across the tonal range this species remains very responsive to the player. Sassafras sits tonally between Walnut and Maple tones.

Our high standards in processing quality luthier timbers is a timely task that often takes five years from log to guitar kit. Our methodology of log selection and quality control of each Blackheart Sassafras flitch yields about 20% of the initial quantity, the remaining material being used in fine furniture.

Tonewood Collection -> Tasmanian Blackheart Sassafras

Common Name(s): Blackheart Sassafras, Tasmanian Sassafras
Scientific Name: Atherosperma moschatum
Distribution: Australia
Tree Size: 50-80 ft (15-25 m) tall, 2-3 ft (.6-1.0 m) trunk diameter
Average Dried Weight: 39 lbs/ft3 (620 kg/m3)
Specific Gravity (Basic, 12% MC): .50, .62
Janka Hardness: 1,090 lbf (4,860 N)
Modulus of Rupture: 14,570 lbf/in2 (100.5 MPa)
Elastic Modulus: 1,827,000 lbf/in2 (12.60 GPa)
Crushing Strength: 6,400 lbf/in2 (44.1 MPa)
Shrinkage: Radial: 2.5%, Tangential: 6.3%, Volumetric: 8.9%, T/R Ratio: 2.5

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