Ebony - Amara

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  • FINGEREBAMARA1001

    Amara Ebony Fingerboard

    21″ x 3.0″ x 0.30″ (minimum)

    Manufactured with luthiers in mind, but excellent blanks for box-making and other smaller items

    Photographs are representative of what you will receive

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  • EBAM1012

    Cracks on one face. Width varies 7.812″ – 8.125″

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  • EBAM1011

    Crack in middle of board, end checking, and small knots. Width varie 6.5″ – 7.125″

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  • EBAM1010

    Small knots with end cracks. Stunning figure! Width varies 6.75″ – 7.375″

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  • EBAM1009

    Cracks on one end. Nice landscape figure. Width varies 4.25″ – 5.125″.

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  • EBAM1008

    Small cracks with wane on one end.

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  • EBAM1007

    Cracks on one end.

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  • EBAM1006

    Beautiful Figure!

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  • EBAM1005

    Cracks on one face.

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  • EBAM1004

    Tapered Board 4.3 to 4.7 wide

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  • EBAM1003

    Slight check in Sap wood

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  • EBAM1002

    beautiful Figured Face small end checks

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  • EBAM1001

    Beautiful Figure 2 small knots

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  • According to the only sources we could find willing to step up to the plate on this wood, Amara Ebony and Macassar Ebony are of the exact same species (Diospyros Celebica), with the difference put forth being that Amara is exclusive to Indonesia. Amara is known for its deep chocolate browns with pink striping; the difference in its coloration and that of typical Macassar Ebony being attributed to the soil conditions in Indonesia. Its grains are more likely to be wavy or irregular than straight, with a fine texture and nice natural luster.

    Our experience yields a broader perspective, as we have found the wood sometimes with greens and reds — more similar to Malaysian Blackwood, at times, with hues darker and more muted — and devoid of any pink content. Pieces which more resemble Macassar have also contained gold – orange hues, in addition to pinks. It’s sap content is tan in color and, despite its density, it has good working properties.

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    Sustainability: This species is not listed in the CITES Appendices. The IUCN Red List does not even acknowledge this wood by name, although they have categorized Macassar Ebony as “Vulnerable.”

    Common Uses: Veneer, musical instruments, furniture, turned objects, carvings, inlay, trim and other small projects.

    Comments: A number of examples feature “landscape” grain patterns, giving credence to the school of thought that perhaps the wood is some sort of Malaysian Blackwood-Macassar Ebony hybrid, or is at least worthy of its own species designation.

    While the wood is quite substantial, we found its density to be slightly less than that of Macassar Ebony and Malaysian Blackwood. This is a very unique exotic wood, and a species rarely seen in the US.

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