Ebony

Scientific name:  Diospyros crassiflora

Description:  Heartwood is usually jet-black, with little to no variation or visible grain. Occasionally dark brown or grayish-brown streaks may be present.  Grain is usually straight but can also be interlocked. Fine even texture with very high natural lustre.

Properties:  Can be difficult to work due to its extremely high density. Has a dulling effect on cutters. Tearout may occur on pieces that have interlocked or irregular grain. Due to the high oil content found in this wood, it can occasionally cause problems with gluing. Finishes well, and polishes to a high lustre. Responds well to steam bending.

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