Ebony » Diospyros spp

Why Ebony?
Here's what to know about woodworking with this wood
woodworking characteristics


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.
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. The Ebony tree grows in Africa
map of where this wood grows


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)

Woodworking with Ebony:

General Workability
Somewhat Difficult 8/10
Red Oak

Wood Texture
V. Fine 1/10
Red Oak

Ease of Finishing
Easy 1/10
Red Oak


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