Ebony

BOTANIC NAME: Diospyros crassiflora hiern.

COMMON NAMES: African Ebony, Black Ebony.

ORIGIN:  Central and Western Africa.

DESCRIPTION  Density 1030-1050 Kg/m3. Sapwood is light colour and hardwood is jet-black.

Occasionally dark brown or greyish-brown streaks may be present. Grain is usually straight but can also be interlocked. Fine even texture with very high natural luster.

RECOMMENDATIONS: Easy sawing but can be difficult to work due to its extremely high density. Has a dulling effect on cutters. Tear out may occur on pieces that have interlocked or irregular grain. Due to the high oil content found in this wood, it can occasionally cause problems with gluing. Finishes well, and polishes to a high luster. Responds well to steam bending.

DRYING: Drying process speed can vary from normal to low speed. Tendency to split.

USES:  Fingerboards. Wind instruments.

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