Ebony // Diospyros spp

Very 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.
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Ebony grows in Africa
map of where Ebony grows
color of Ebony
Color Range
Generally jet black but may feature faint yellowish or brown streaks.
other names for Ebony
Other Names
Gaboon Ebony, African Ebony, Black Ebony, Mgiriti, Msindi, Omernowa, Kanran, Nyareti, Kukuo, Gaboon
uses for Ebony
Some Typical Uses
Handles, inlay, accessories, veneers, musical instruments
the Ebony tree
What's the Tree Like?
A meager tree that can grow to a height of 50-60 feet with a 24" trunk diameter.


lbs /Bd. Ft.
53.63% heavier than red oak (3.58 /bd. ft.)


Janka Rating
149.61% harder than red oak (1290 psi)


Specific Gravity
28.12% more dense than red oak (.64)

General Workability
Somewhat Difficult 8/10
Red Oak

Wood Texture
V. Fine 1/10
Red Oak

Ease of Finishing
Easy 1/10
Red Oak