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Ebony

(Diospyros spp.)
Ebony
Ebony
History:Ebony is the Greek word for "fruit of the gods" and historically, drinking goblets were made from its wood, as they believed it was an antidote for poison and its use would ward off their enemy’s evil intent.
Location:North western part and eastern coast of the Island of Madagascar.
Tree:Medium size 12-15 meters tall, diameter of 30-40 cm, is found in dense tropical forests, predominantly in high humidity areas.
The Wood:The heartwood is perfectly black, with some times white streaks. The grain is extremely fine, almost invisible. The timber is hard of a density from 0.9 to 1.1 t / m3. Wide sapwood of white or light yellowish color.
Workability:Difficult workability, for being abrasive to tools.
Use:For inlays, top quality joinery, sculptures, fingerboards of stringed instruments, chin rests, pegs and bow parts.