Ebony » Diospyros spp
Ebony Wood CharacteristicsVery difficult to dry, but very stable after seasoning. Hard and heavy with a very fine texture. Takes a high glossy finish. Saw dust may irritate some people.
Color RangeGenerally jet black but may feature faint yellowish or brown streaks.
Other NamesGaboon Ebony, African Ebony, Black Ebony, Mgiriti, Msindi, Omernowa, Kanran, Nyareti, Kukuo, Gaboon
Some Typical UsesHandles, inlay, accessories, veneers, musical instruments
What's the Tree Like?A meager tree that can grow to a height of 50-60 feet with a 24'' trunk diameter. The Ebony tree grows in Africa - Gold Coast, Nigeria, Cameroon, Zaire.
5.50lbs /Bd. Ft.
53.63% heavier than red oak (3.58 /bd. ft.)
3220Janka Rating (?)
149.61% harder than red oak (1290 lbf)
0.82Specific Gravity (?)
28.12% more dense than red oak (.64)
Woodworking with Ebony:
- Width: 2"