Highest Grade Katalox AKA Royal Ebony
Katalox, or Mexican Royal Ebony, is a dense Central American hardwood - Swartzia cubensis. It is listed in several USDA publications as a suitable substitute for African Gabon Ebony in stringed instruments (usually fingerboards and bridges). Trees are typically 40-75' tall with diameters of 12" to 20" and prefer soils that drain well; they do not grow well in areas with water saturated soil. Similar to a true Ebony, only about 20-30% of any log produces the dark heartwood.  The dark purple/black color accents well with the creamy/golden sapwood to create contrast that can be well utilized for a unique look in your projects. Every board is different and one of a kind!  The wood turns well and takes a nice finish.  Common uses are fine boxes, musical instruments, flooring, and other fine woodworking projects.

The wood in this special has been kiln dried and is surfaced on two sides.  A rough edge or minor end/surface check may be present. Boards have 90% heartwood color or better with only a few boards having a contrasting sapwood edge. Many boards have very nice figure! Please see photos & descriptions of each piece for details.

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