Sometimes reaching heights of over 50 feet ebony can have
a trunk diameter of over 30 inches.
Ebony's heartwood is usually very dark brown or black
with the sapwood being considerably lighter in color
sometimes even light pink. After being cut ebony sapwood
oxidizes to a rusty brown.
Ebony has a very fine grain that can be straight to
curly. Ebony is very hard and this makes it difficult
to work with using both hand tools and machines. Ebony
is also known to dull the cutting surface of tools.
It sands well and finishes to a mirror like finish
when polished. Ebony also has good steaming and bending
Ebony is also known as
Ebony is commonly used for
- musical instruments
- inlay work
- specialty items
Ebony dust can cause skin irritation.