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Ebony – Macassar

Diospyros celebica
Also known as |
Asian Striped Ebony|Makassar|Striped Ebony
Ebony - Macassar Lumber @ Rare Woods USA

Macassar Ebony is known for its typically striped appearance, with usual colors typically dominated by deep browns although green, yellow, burgundy, red, orange and even peach secondary colors can highlight more spectacular pieces. Sapwood can range from a dull tan to a light golden brown, or sometimes even a muted orange, peach or light pink. In addition to its constant demand with veneer mills, it is highly-prized by guitar luthiers. Its great density gives the wood tremendous resonance, making it ideally suited for acoustic guitar back-and-sides or fretboards.

Macassar Ebony is noted for its striped appearance, although finding long, consistent grain patterns can be difficult on longer pieces. Usually its stripes are fairly large and bold — often with twists and overlaps — although occasionally (more desirable) pieces with fine, tight-knit, consistent striping can be found.

Like many woods of comparable density, it can be difficult to work and hard on blades, but that is of little concern to those who have experience with this regal ebony species. Southeast Asia produces some astounding exotics; Macassar Ebony is, most certainly, one of its renowned, trademark species.

This species is not listed in the CITES Appendices, but is listed as “Vulnerable” on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

Why We Love This Wood

One of our favorite species, Macassar Ebony just oozes class and sophistication.

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    Main Color GroupVariegated
    Grain Pattern Figured
    Avg Dry Weight - LB/BF5.8
    Avg Dry Weight - KG/M31120
    Janka Hardness - LBF3220
    Janka Hardness - N14140
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    Ebony-Macassar-Standard-4/4Lumber
    4/4 Lumber
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    75
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    Ebony-Macassar-Standard-6/4Lumber

    6/4 Lumber

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    80
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    no
    Ebony-Macassar-Standard-8/4Lumber

    8/4 Lumber

    Standard
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    85
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    no

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    Ebony – Macassar
    EBONMAC1116
    1.44" x 3.81" x 60.69"

    Defect in edge. Pinhole.

    $299.43

    Ebony – Macassar
    EBONMAC1116
    1.44" x 3.81" x 60.69"

    $299.43

    Ebony – Macassar
    1.44" x 3.81" x 60.69"
    EBONMAC1116

    $299.43

    Ebony – Macassar
    EBONMAC1115
    1.44" x 3.81" x 60.88"

    Defect in surface. Skip planed. Bark inclusion.

    $245.75

    Ebony – Macassar
    EBONMAC1115
    1.44" x 3.81" x 60.88"

    $245.75

    Ebony – Macassar
    1.44" x 3.81" x 60.88"
    EBONMAC1115

    $245.75

    Ebony – Macassar
    EBONMAC1114
    1.44" x 3.88" x 61.06"

    Defect, cracks, knots in edge. Checks.

    $278.90

    Ebony – Macassar
    EBONMAC1114
    1.44" x 3.88" x 61.06"

    $278.90

    Ebony – Macassar
    1.44" x 3.88" x 61.06"
    EBONMAC1114

    $278.90

    Ebony – Macassar
    EBONMAC1113
    1.44" x 3.75" x 60.94"

    Crack in edge.

    $269.02

    Ebony – Macassar
    EBONMAC1113
    1.44" x 3.75" x 60.94"

    $269.02

    Ebony – Macassar
    1.44" x 3.75" x 60.94"
    EBONMAC1113

    $269.02

    Ebony – Macassar
    EBONMAC1112
    1.44" x 3.75" x 63.44"

    Staple holes in end. Defect and knot in edge.

    $280.06

    Ebony – Macassar
    EBONMAC1112
    1.44" x 3.75" x 63.44"

    $280.06

    Ebony – Macassar
    1.44" x 3.75" x 63.44"
    EBONMAC1112

    $280.06

    Ebony – Macassar
    EBONMAC1111
    1.44" x 3.75" x 55.69"

    Defect in edge. Worm tracks.

    $245.85

    Ebony – Macassar
    EBONMAC1111
    1.44" x 3.75" x 55.69"

    $245.85

    Ebony – Macassar
    1.44" x 3.75" x 55.69"
    EBONMAC1111

    $245.85

    Ebony – Macassar
    EBONMAC1110
    1.44" x 2.63" x 58.38"

    Clear.

    $198.82

    Ebony – Macassar
    EBONMAC1110
    1.44" x 2.63" x 58.38"

    $198.82

    Ebony – Macassar
    1.44" x 2.63" x 58.38"
    EBONMAC1110

    $198.82

    Ebony – Macassar
    EBONMAC1109
    1.44" x 3.69" x 63.63"

    Defect and crack in edge.

    $276.40

    Ebony – Macassar
    EBONMAC1109
    1.44" x 3.69" x 63.63"

    $276.40

    Ebony – Macassar
    1.44" x 3.69" x 63.63"
    EBONMAC1109

    $276.40

    Ebony – Macassar
    EBONMAC1108
    1.44" x 3.56" x 30.75"

    Bark inclusion in edge. Skip planed. Crack in end.

    $128.87

    Ebony – Macassar
    EBONMAC1108
    1.44" x 3.56" x 30.75"

    $128.87

    Ebony – Macassar
    1.44" x 3.56" x 30.75"
    EBONMAC1108

    $128.87

    Ebony – Macassar
    EBONMAC1107
    1.44" x 4.25" x 28.75"

    Clear.

    $158.23

    Ebony – Macassar
    EBONMAC1107
    1.44" x 4.25" x 28.75"

    $158.23

    Ebony – Macassar
    1.44" x 4.25" x 28.75"
    EBONMAC1107

    $158.23

    Ebony – Macassar
    EBONMAC1106
    1.44" x 3.31" x 31.69"

    Skip planed.

    $135.83

    Ebony – Macassar
    EBONMAC1106
    1.44" x 3.31" x 31.69"

    $135.83

    Ebony – Macassar
    1.44" x 3.31" x 31.69"
    EBONMAC1106

    $135.83

    Ebony – Macassar
    EBONMAC1105
    1.44" x 3.5" x 30.69"

    Defect in edge. Defect in surface.

    $126.45

    Ebony – Macassar
    EBONMAC1105
    1.44" x 3.5" x 30.69"

    $126.45

    Ebony – Macassar
    1.44" x 3.5" x 30.69"
    EBONMAC1105

    $126.45

    Ebony – Macassar
    EBONMAC1104
    1.44" x 3.69" x 30.69"

    Defect in edge. Skip planed.

    $133.32

    Ebony – Macassar
    EBONMAC1104
    1.44" x 3.69" x 30.69"

    $133.32

    Ebony – Macassar
    1.44" x 3.69" x 30.69"
    EBONMAC1104

    $133.32

    Ebony – Macassar
    EBONMAC1103
    1.44" x 3.69" x 32.31"

    Bark inclusion. Defect in surface. Skip planed.

    $140.35

    Ebony – Macassar
    EBONMAC1103
    1.44" x 3.69" x 32.31"

    $140.35

    Ebony – Macassar
    1.44" x 3.69" x 32.31"
    EBONMAC1103

    $140.35

    Ebony – Macassar
    EBONMAC1102
    1.44" x 4" x 31.75"

    Cracks in end. Skip planed.

    $149.51

    Ebony – Macassar
    EBONMAC1102
    1.44" x 4" x 31.75"

    $149.51

    Ebony – Macassar
    1.44" x 4" x 31.75"
    EBONMAC1102

    $149.51

    Ebony - Macassar

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