I just looked through the latest price list from one of our local timber merchants. The most expensive wood listed is African Blackwood (dalbergia melanoxylon). It is also known as Mozambique ebony or Congo wood.
It is listed at a price of ZAR440 000 per cubic meter. ZAR is South African Rand. We use the metric system, same as Europe, so let me Americanize….One meter = 39.37”. A cubic metre equals 39.37” x 39.37” x 39.37” = 61023.38 cubic inches…. A board foot is 144 cubic inches…. Therefore 1 cubic meter = 61023.38/144 = 423.77 board feet.
With the exchange rate at about 1 US $ = ZAR 7.50, it means the price here for African Blackwood is around US$138/board foot. I have no idea of American timber prices, but that still sounds pretty expensive!
The second most expensive wood on my list is Brazilian Rosewood. This one converts to US $ 51.90 per board foot.
For comparison I converted a few more (Prices given are all per board foot)
Local Pine : US $ 0.90
African mahogany: US $ 5.38
White Oak Prime : US $ 5.50
Purple Heart : US $ 7.72
Walnut Prime : US $ 9.60
Native Hardwoods: US $ 2.20 These include woods like Assegai, Cape Beech, Candlewood, White Pear.
It will be interesting to compare. What is the most expensive, commercially available wood in your area?
-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."