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Forum topic by ebonybill posted 10-15-2015 01:43 AM 844 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-15-2015 01:43 AM

Topic tags/keywords: gabon ebony

Hello all,

New to this site and I have 9 rough hewn Gabon ebony beams (I believe I used the correct term as they are not planed?) Looking to sell with the buyer willing to pick up from my residence on Long Island, NY.

I contacted a local exoic hardwoods mill and they would of bought them if they were planed. They are all sealed in wax, about 5-6 years old, and have been kept dry out of any elements in a garage. I made a small crosscut on the smallest of the beams to send to the above mill I mentioned. I am listing very close approximnate dimensions and will attach pics. If anyone can offer any advice on what I could potentially get for the beams in this condition I would appreciate it. After investigating online what they go for per BF, I am willing to part ways with them.

The smallest measures- 2-1/2”T x 4-1/2”W.
The others measure on average from- 5”T x 6”W to 6”T x 8”W all of them being from 48-54”H.

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#1 posted 10-15-2015 11:31 AM

WOW…..those are really nice and worth a lot. I only use small amounts but someone will get some amazing ebony.

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#2 posted 10-15-2015 11:57 AM

It is great wood, but isn’t gaboon ebony on the IUCN list as Endangered? I believe the other list, CITES, has it on their Red List, but only at the second level, and only Madagascar ebony. Still restricted.

I guess my question is this wood eligible for sale? And how did it get into the US in the first place, or is it legal? I just don’t know, but I live only two hours from the Gibson factory that was raided for the Ebony couple years ago. They never did get that wood back. Where it went is a big mystery. Is this species in the same category?

Beautiful it is, but I’d hate to buy it and have it confiscated and possibly be fined for owning a restricted wood.

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#3 posted 10-15-2015 01:04 PM

I actually have these beams for sale, and to answer your question Paul, I know that certain ebony species are endangered and perhaps the Gabon I have may be as well. I do know that it has to be around 10 years old as I was speaking with my neighbor yesterday who gave them to me mentioning your concerns. She said she remembered her deceased husband dealing with someone who used a specific mill that harvested their ebony legally from Africa.

If anyone wants to view my for sale post on eBay, here is the link you can copy and paste in your browser is it isn’t highlighted to click on:

I’m selling it all as a complete lot at an extremely competitve price based upon what it goes for in the current market. Based upon the size and weight, my price for the lot is much less than what other people are selling their stock for. There is another seller on eBay who is an exotic woods dealer out of Georgia and to give you an idea of what they are selling a 90lb similar style beam for, I am copying and pasting their link as well….

If anyone would like to contact me directly, I work best speaking over the phone. (631) 402-4499 is my cell.

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#4 posted 10-15-2015 07:34 PM

I thought if it’s already imported, doesn’t matter if it’s sold here in the states? Since it’s obviously being sold online elsewhere, just like any wood.

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