Black chacate

BLACK CHACATE also identified as Small False Mopane.

This wood is one of the nine precious hardwoods of Mozambique. It is also found in the bordering regions of Zambia as well as North Western Zimbabwe. Black chacate, Guibourtia conjugata is sometimes confused with the most common Guibourtia coleosperma.

Its large and straight logs and high density are unique! It enables the production of large bells, bass clarinets and flutes that are difficult to obtain with other hardwoods like the African Blackwood and Mopane.

Black chacate – sawmilling characteristics.

The wood is hard and the logs are above average dimensions of the hardwood species we work. The wood is therefore cut in stages. In a first stage, the logs are broken down in slabs on a band saw with a flexible thin blade. In a second stage into parts with tungsten tipped blades. The blades tend to clog. Good cleaning of blades is obtained in sugar soap bath.

Seasoning

The wood dries slowly and requires protection against slits and cracks.

The standard parts we endeavour to keep in stock:

Turning squares in mm
3/4 x 3/4 x 6 20 x 20 x 152
1 x 1 x 6 26 x 26 x 150
11/2 x 11/2 x 3 38 x 38 x 75
11/2 x 11/2 x 6 38 x 38 x 150
11/2 x 11/2 x 12 38 x 38 x 310
11/2 x 11/2 x 16 38 x 38 x 410
11/2 x 11/2 x 18 38 x 38 x 457
11/2 x 11/2 x 24 38 x 38 x 600
2 x 2 x 4 51 x 51 x 100
2 x 2 x 6 51 x 51 x 150
2 x 2 x 8 51 x 51 x 205
2 x 2 x 12 51 x 51 x 300
2 x 2 x 24 51 x 51 x 600
3 x 3 x 12 76 x 76 x 300
3 x 3 x 18 76 x 76 x 457
Bowl blanks  
4 x 4 x 2 100 x 100 x 50
5 x 5 x 2 125 x 125 x 50
6 x 6 x 2 150 x 150 x 50
6 x 6 x 3 150 x 150 x 75
8 x 8 x 2 200 x 200 x 50
8 x 8 x 3 200 x 200 x 75
10 x 10 x 2 250 x 250 x 50
10 x 10 x 3 250 x 250 x 75

Clients, Turners and carvers

Botanical name Guibourtia conjugata
Family Fabacea
Local name Chacate preto
English name Small false mopane
Distribution Low land of Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
The tree Evergreen tree, small to medium height. Found in sanding soil and close to rivers as well as open woodland. Bark whitish grey and smooth. Flowers creamy yellow. Leaves shinny green with 2 ovate leaflets.
The wood Sapwood is pale yellow. The wood is hard and heavy. It is attractive as it has blackish streak. The air-dry density 1.0 t / m3). The wood darkens in a distinctive greenish or brownish colour with age.
Seasoning It dries quickly in small dimensions, slowly in large ones.
Workability It works well on the lathe and with the chisel.
Use A popular wood for turning and carving. It has found acceptance for musical instrument like flutes and guitar back and sides. The distinctive greenish appearance reminds artisans to the South American lignum vitae.