Fiddleback Nigerian Ebony 4 Pack
From equatorial West Africa, Nigerian Ebony is usually found in wet lowlands near rivers and swamps. Devoid of color, Nigerian Ebony has ink black with lighter streaks. Only a small percentage of Ebony (three to five percent) produce the highest quality jet black material. Most logs contain 50-70% sapwood with deep heart checks and voids in the heart with fall off of 80-90%. Ebony is hard and costly to produce, which makes it a rare species to obtain. It is difficult to work, glues satisfactorily, and has a tendency to want to split, but takes a really nice polish that makes it worth the work. Ebony is a treasured hardwood that was used by the Egyptian Pharaohs over 3,000 years ago. Diospyrus crassiflora.
This wood was selected 15 years ago and stored as an investment for its extremely high quality. It was slowly air dried for over 15 years and has now been surfaced on two sides or more. Several of these pieces are instrument grade. Boards dry and ready to use. Small squares may have minor surface checks or other minor defects. Squares may have a bow up to 1/8" but will lay flat with minimal pressure. Each piece is at least 95 percent useable.
Two pieces have nice fiddleback in them which is extremely rare for the species. One piece has some surface checks in sapwood and there are a couple rough edges.