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Ebony – Gabon

Diospyros crassiflora
Also known as |
African Ebony|Cameroon Ebony|Gabon Ebony|Gaboon Ebony|Nigerian Ebony
Ebony - Gabon Lumber @ Rare Woods USA

With an unceasing worldwide demand, Gabon Ebony remains one of the world’s most expensive exotic woods. Trees are small and slow growing, contributing to its high price tag. Given this, finding long, undefective boards is quite rare; such pieces always command premium prices. Its signature jet black heartwood (which can sometimes contain streaks of browns, golden browns and even greys), combined with its great strength, durability and density, gives it universal appeal with instrument craftsmen.

Its dark neutral color and ability to hold detail makes it very popular with wood turners and carvers, also. The wood’s very high oil content yields a magnificent natural luster when sanded, although, as would be expected, this characteristic can pose challenges when gluing.

Populations from Madagascar are listed in CITES Appendix II and is categorized as “Endangered” on the IUCN Red List.

Why We Love This Wood

Perhaps the most sought-after exotic wood in the world, as it is the traditional fingerboard "wood of choice" for orchestral stringed instruments (violins, violas, cellos, etc.) with its typically deep jet black heartwood. In the past few years, both the quality and supply of what has been made available to US markets has dipped, dramatically. In the face of an unwavering demand, this has resulted in greatly increased wholesale and retail pricing.

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    Vital Statistics
    Main Color GroupBlack
    Grain Pattern Even
    Avg Dry Weight - LB/BF4.9
    Avg Dry Weight - KG/M3950
    Janka Hardness - LBF2700
    Janka Hardness - N12030
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    Ebony-Gabon-Standard-4/4Lumber
    4/4 Lumber
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    110
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    Ebony-Gabon-Standard-6/4Lumber

    6/4 Lumber

    Standard
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    110
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    no
    Ebony-Gabon-Standard-8/4Lumber

    8/4 Lumber

    Standard
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    110
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    no
    Ebony-Gabon-Ungraded-Billets

    Billets

    Ungraded
    lb
    10
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    Ebony-Gabon-Ungraded-Cutoffs

    Cutoffs

    Ungraded
    lb
    7
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    no

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    Ebony – Gabon
    Cracks.
    EBONYGAB1074
    41.5 × 6.06 × 0.81 in

    Cracks.

    $210.87

    Ebony – Gabon
    Cracks.
    EBONYGAB1074
    41.5 × 6.06 × 0.81 in

    $210.87

    Ebony – Gabon
    EBONYGAB1074
    41.5 × 6.06 × 0.81 in

    $210.87

    Ebony – Gabon
    Defects on edge. Cracks.
    EBONYGAB1073
    48.38 × 4.19 × 0.75 in

    Defects on edge. Cracks.

    $169.97

    Ebony – Gabon
    Defects on edge. Cracks.
    EBONYGAB1073
    48.38 × 4.19 × 0.75 in

    $169.97

    Ebony – Gabon
    EBONYGAB1073
    48.38 × 4.19 × 0.75 in

    $169.97

    Ebony – Gabon
    Defects on edge. Cracks.
    EBONYGAB1072
    47.75 × 4.38 × 0.81 in

    Defects on edge. Cracks.

    $175.36

    Ebony – Gabon
    Defects on edge. Cracks.
    EBONYGAB1072
    47.75 × 4.38 × 0.81 in

    $175.36

    Ebony – Gabon
    EBONYGAB1072
    47.75 × 4.38 × 0.81 in

    $175.36

    Ebony – Gabon
    Defects on edge. Cracks.
    EBONYGAB1071
    37.63 × 4.56 × 1.88 in

    Defects on edge. Cracks.

    $287.75

    Ebony – Gabon
    Defects on edge. Cracks.
    EBONYGAB1071
    37.63 × 4.56 × 1.88 in

    $287.75

    Ebony – Gabon
    EBONYGAB1071
    37.63 × 4.56 × 1.88 in

    $287.75

    Ebony – Gabon
    Cracks.
    EBONYGAB1070
    47.63 × 4.5 × 1.88 in

    Cracks.

    $359.43

    Ebony – Gabon
    Cracks.
    EBONYGAB1070
    47.63 × 4.5 × 1.88 in

    $359.43

    Ebony – Gabon
    EBONYGAB1070
    47.63 × 4.5 × 1.88 in

    $359.43

    Ebony – Gabon
    Cracks.
    EBONYGAB1069
    50.38 × 5.81 × 1.88 in

    Cracks.

    $545.40

    Ebony – Gabon
    Cracks.
    EBONYGAB1069
    50.38 × 5.81 × 1.88 in

    $545.40

    Ebony – Gabon
    EBONYGAB1069
    50.38 × 5.81 × 1.88 in

    $545.40

    Ebony – Gabon
    Defecvts on surface. Cracks.
    EBONYGAB1068
    50.19 × 6.56 × 1.94 in

    Defecvts on surface. Cracks.

    $552.13

    Ebony – Gabon
    Defecvts on surface. Cracks.
    EBONYGAB1068
    50.19 × 6.56 × 1.94 in

    $552.13

    Ebony – Gabon
    EBONYGAB1068
    50.19 × 6.56 × 1.94 in

    $552.13

    Ebony – Gabon
    Defect on edge. Cracks.
    EBONYGAB1067
    48.31 × 6.19 × 1.88 in

    Defect on edge. Cracks.

    $557.19

    Ebony – Gabon
    Defect on edge. Cracks.
    EBONYGAB1067
    48.31 × 6.19 × 1.88 in

    $557.19

    Ebony – Gabon
    EBONYGAB1067
    48.31 × 6.19 × 1.88 in

    $557.19

    Ebony – Gabon

    Knot, knot defect. Thickness tapers to .5" at end.

    EBONYGAB1066
    35.75 × 5.94 × 0.75 in

    Knot, knot defect. Thickness tapers to .5″ at end.

    $217.62

    Ebony – Gabon

    Knot, knot defect. Thickness tapers to .5" at end.

    EBONYGAB1066
    35.75 × 5.94 × 0.75 in

    $217.62

    Ebony – Gabon
    EBONYGAB1066
    35.75 × 5.94 × 0.75 in

    $217.62

    Ebony – Gabon

    Crack. Tapers to 6.13"

    EBONYGAB1065
    46.19 × 6.5 × 0.88 in

    Crack. Tapers to 6.13″

    $307.68

    Ebony – Gabon

    Crack. Tapers to 6.13"

    EBONYGAB1065
    46.19 × 6.5 × 0.88 in

    $307.68

    Ebony – Gabon
    EBONYGAB1065
    46.19 × 6.5 × 0.88 in

    $307.68

    Ebony – Gabon

    Checks.

    EBONYGAB1064
    47.5 × 5.13 × 0.88 in

    Checks.

    $227.02

    Ebony – Gabon

    Checks.

    EBONYGAB1064
    47.5 × 5.13 × 0.88 in

    $227.02

    Ebony – Gabon
    EBONYGAB1064
    47.5 × 5.13 × 0.88 in

    $227.02

    Ebony – Gabon

    Cracks.

    EBONYGAB1063
    48.38 × 6.38 × 0.94 in

    Cracks.

    $287.56

    Ebony – Gabon

    Cracks.

    EBONYGAB1063
    48.38 × 6.38 × 0.94 in

    $287.56

    Ebony – Gabon
    EBONYGAB1063
    48.38 × 6.38 × 0.94 in

    $287.56

    Ebony – Gabon

    Checks, defects. Width tapers to 6.63".

    EBONYGAB1062
    46.31 × 7 × 0.88 in

    Checks, defects. Width tapers to 6.63″.

    $302.01

    Ebony – Gabon

    Checks, defects. Width tapers to 6.63".

    EBONYGAB1062
    46.31 × 7 × 0.88 in

    $302.01

    Ebony – Gabon
    EBONYGAB1062
    46.31 × 7 × 0.88 in

    $302.01

    Ebony – Gabon

    Knots, cracks, defects. Width tapers to 4.75".

    EBONYGAB1061
    47.63 × 5.19 × 0.94 in

    Knots, cracks, defects. Width tapers to 4.75″.

    $230.30

    Ebony – Gabon

    Knots, cracks, defects. Width tapers to 4.75".

    EBONYGAB1061
    47.63 × 5.19 × 0.94 in

    $230.30

    Ebony – Gabon
    EBONYGAB1061
    47.63 × 5.19 × 0.94 in

    $230.30

    Ebony – Gabon

    Cracked, knot.

    EBONYGAB1060
    48.5 × 5.5 × 0.88 in

    Cracked, knot.

    $248.51

    Ebony – Gabon

    Cracked, knot.

    EBONYGAB1060
    48.5 × 5.5 × 0.88 in

    $248.51

    Ebony – Gabon
    EBONYGAB1060
    48.5 × 5.5 × 0.88 in

    $248.51

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    This South American species is closely related to the domestic Osage Orange.  The lumber it yields is typically a bit cleaner with less defects.  It is pretty hard and dense making it tough on tools, but it turns and finishes well.

    Common Uses:
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    Tamarind - Spalted

    Spalted Tamarind comes from South East Asia.   The decay/spalting gives the wood awesome spiderweb type patterns that add character and excitement to its appearance.  The spalting is most prevalent in the sapwood which is prone to attack from bugs and fungus which cause it.

    It is moderately difficult to work, but turns and finishes well.  Sometimes the rot is more endemic than is obvious from looking at the surface of the lumber result in some wastage (lost pieces).

    Take care to use good dust collection and a dust mask, as the fungal spores add more to the air than dust alone.

    Common Uses:
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    Chakte Viga

    This vibrant Central America wood can features primary colors ranging from orange to golden brown (with gold, red and sometimes even green accent coloration). It is thought to be the closest relative to Brazilwood (famous for its use in stringed-instrument bows), and Chakte Viga shares many of the same acoustic properties. Grains are straight, but sometimes interlocked — otherwise, this wood works easily, and finishes well. It has a fine texture and excellent natural luster. Sap is a pale off-white to pale yellow.

    Chakte Viga is a wood that has been starting to emerge from relative obscurity over the last decade or so, being one of the lesser-known and -demanded woods from the tropical Central America region. We feel it has a huge untapped potential as a guitar tonewood, as well as in fine furniture production in the US. The wood has some very subtle aesthetics, sometimes exhibiting a 3D-like shimmering chatoyance after being finished with clear lacquer.

    Common Uses:
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    Longhi

    Longhi is an African wood with similar working properties to its more well-known cousin, Anegre. Its color varies from a greyish-white to beige to pinkish-brown color, which slightly darkens with age and UV-ray exposure. Its generally light appearance makes sapwood difficult to distinguish. Its grains are typical straight (though occasionally interlocked) and its texture ranges between fine and medium-fine. It can sometimes possess mottled or subtle tiger-striped figuring.

    The wood must be carefully dried, as it is susceptible to fungus. It is considered to be moderately durable, and moderately stable. Longhi has a solid strength-to-weight ratio, which makes it a popular choice for flooring and decking.

    Common Uses:
    cabinetry, decking, flooring, furniture
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    Birch - Yellow

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    American Birch works easily — it turns, glues and finishes well — although most boards have very little natural luster. It’s a versatile wood that can be used for a number of different applications, but it needs to be protected, as the wood will decay when exposed to the elements. (… and if left unprotected will rot.)

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    Red Alder is usually sold in two different grades: knotty, and clear. Clear grades are most desired by cabinet and furniture crafters. Many such tradesmen compare the wood’s cooperative disposition to that of Black Cherry.

    Although technically a hardwood, care must be taken with Alder until finished as its surface can be rather soft (thus, denting easily). The wood is decidedly non-durable, so confining its use to indoor applications and treating the wood with some type of hardening finish (such as lacquer) is recommended.

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