Ebony wood is exceptionally dense, strong and hard. So called because most of the timber was exported from Gabon, currently the majority comes from Cameroon.
There is no doubt that there are few woods with a deep black color in a natural way, but none as the Ebony from Gabon. This and the size of the trees it is very small, they have a very high price.
- Normal: Wood presents blacks, dark brown and light brown.
- Premium: Practically wood is 100% black.
(Photos are purely indicative, in order to show as it is. Materials such as wood may vary your drawing or vein with each piece. Sizes are approximate.)
Common name (s): Gabon ebony, African ebony, Ebony from Cameroon
Scientific name: Diospyros crassiflora
Distribution: Western Equatorial Africa
Tree size: 15-22 m height, trunk diameter up to 60 cm
Hardness (kg/m3): 1070
Color / appearance: the heartwood is usually jet black color, with little variation or visible grain. Stripes of dark grayish brown or brown color may be present, it is very difficult to find parts 100% black.
Grains / texture: usually straight, but also can be hook up. Fine and uniform texture with very high natural luster.
Resistance: rated as very durable front rot and attack by termites or other insects.
Machinability: can be difficult to work because of its very high density. It tends to embozar tools, due to the high oil content that has, sometimes can cause problems with sizing. Very good finishes, polished high-gloss. It responds well to bending by means of steam.
Odor: has a soft scent, strong smell when working.
Allergies / toxicity: serious reactions are very rare, usually the most common reactions include only the eyes, skin and respiratory tract, as always it is recommended to work with mask and sunglasses, to avoid it.
Sustainability: is in Appendix III (for Madagascar Diospyros), is on the IUCN Red list. It is classified as endangered due to a reduction of the population of more than 50% in the last three generations, caused by exploitation.
Common uses: handles of knives luxury, musical instruments, sculptures, piano keys and other ornamental crafts.