African Exotic Ebony is a perfect option for this part of the instrument thanks to its hardness and resistance, as it happens with its brother, African Ebony. Both of them are able to transmit the vibrations of the soundboard while hugely resist wear and friction.
BOTANIC NAME: Diospyros crassiflora hiern.
COMMON NAMES: Exotic African Ebony, Exotic Black Ebony.
ORIGIN: Central and Western Africa.
DESCRIPTION: Density 1030-1050 Kg/m3. Sapwood is light colour and hardwood is jet-black. We can find on this specie a wide variety of colours. 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. Has a dulling effect on cutters. Tear out may occur on pieces that have interlocked or irregular grain. It can crack easily under changes in temperature or because of humidity. Machining and gluing can be complicated due to its high density. Finishes well. Can cause skin problems.
DRYING: Drying process speed can vary from normal to low speed. Tendency to split.
USES: Musical instruments fingerboards. Wind instruments.