Ebony is a dense black hardwood, most commonly yielded by several different species in the genus Diospyros. Ebony is dense enough to sink in water. It is finely-textured and has a very smooth finish when polished, making it valuable as an ornamental wood
Color is dark purplish brown with black streaks, giving a nearly black effect. It is exceptionally dense, very hard and heavy wood, slightly oily with fine texture.
Finishes exceptionally well but really it does not require any finish.
This wood has exceptionally good working qualities. It cuts very smooth and evenly, taking an excellent finish directly form the tool of the drill or lathe. It can be tapped for screw threads almost like metal. It is considered to be the best wood available for ornamental turnery.
Has strong odour when work get heated and readily clogs up sanding belts if at all dull.
Main use is for music instruments such as guitar,clarinets, flutes, bag pipes,knife handles etc…
It is superior to Ebony for this purpose because of its oily nature and resistance to weather and temperature changes.
The wood is also used for knife handles, pen blanks, chessmen and pool cues.
Weighs 82 lbs per cubic foot.