Ebony

Ebony

Durability

Density in kg/m3

Ebony

The Tree
A small to medium-sized tree attaining a height of about 18m and a diameter of about 0.6m.

The Timber
One of the best jet-black varieties is believed to be D. crassiflora. It is a very heavy timber weighing 1030kg/m3 when dried. Other species produce handsome black and brown striped varieties.

Drying
In general African ebony air dries quite readily, but there is a tendancy for surface checks to develop. In small sizes, the timber kiln dries fairly quickly and well, with little tendency to split or distort.

Working Qualities
Medium - The black heartwood is inclined to be brittle and is rather hard to work, and has a considerable dulling effect on cutters which should have their cutting angle reduced to 200 to avoid picking up when curly grain is present. It takes a fine polish.

Latin Name
Diospyros spp, Diospyros crassiflora, Diospyros piscatoria

Also known as
Cameroons, Gabon, Kribi, Madagascar, Nigerian

Wood Type
Hardwood

Treatability
Extremely Difficult

Moisture
Medium

Texture
Fine

Origin
Nigeria, Ghana, Cameroons, Zaire