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recycle1943

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05-20-2020 12:56 PM

A friend told me a couple years ago about this piece of Ebony that he bought at a farm auction 20 years ago. I finally called yesterday and we located it in his storage building.
it didn’t look like the ebony I had seen before but for $20 I brought it home anyway. I immediately cut a small slice off on the band saw and to my surprise it wasn’t black at all. It was a bright orange with a beautiful black grain pattern and is a total mystery as to it’s species.
If anybody recognizes this, I would be happy to know what it is before I start cutting it up
I forgot to mention, it is really heavy

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them


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#1 posted 05-20-2020 12:59 PM

Maybe Texas Ebony Dick?

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#2 posted 05-20-2020 02:16 PM



Maybe Texas Ebony Dick?

- HokieKen


I don’t think so – none of the specs show this orange color, however the exposed weathered edges show a black/purplish appearance
hope these pics show it

these are the bark side

these are the cut side – btw -this is a quarter section of a log

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#3 posted 05-20-2020 02:25 PM

Not saying it’s Ebony but all Ebony is not necessarily black. Here’s a video that every woodworker should watch if you haven’t already. It’s by Bob Taylor of Taylor Guitars and it’s all about Ebony.
https://youtu.be/anCGvfsBoFY

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese! http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/

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#4 posted 05-20-2020 02:35 PM

im guessing here Black and White Ebony :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#5 posted 05-20-2020 02:39 PM



im guessing here Black and White Ebony :<))

- GR8HUNTER

Tony – go sit in the corner, somebody will tell you when you’re allowed back out ‹(•¿•)›

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#6 posted 05-20-2020 02:43 PM


im guessing here Black and White Ebony :<))

- GR8HUNTER

Tony – go sit in the corner, somebody will tell you when you re allowed back out ‹(•¿•)›

- recycle1943


sorry sir :<((((

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#7 posted 05-20-2020 02:53 PM


im guessing here Black and White Ebony :<))

- GR8HUNTER

Tony – go sit in the corner, somebody will tell you when you re allowed back out ‹(•¿•)›

- recycle1943

sorry sir :<((((

- GR8HUNTER

OK – you can go play ‹(•¿•)›

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#8 posted 05-20-2020 03:22 PM

It could be macassar ebony. I’ve macassar with a brownish color.
Black and white ebony isn’t a grainy looking in stuff I’ve seen.
There’s another ebony called Mun Bun I think. The trees are big.

-- Aj

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#9 posted 05-20-2020 03:37 PM

a funny thing – the piece I cut off shows the black creeping in on the edges. The other funnny thing is that this chunk has been laying around in storage for over 20 years and the black has only crept in about 3/16” except on the end grain where it is over 1/4” in a couple spots.

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#10 posted 05-20-2020 03:41 PM

Tony – I looked closer at the black and white ebony – the grain pattern is much broader than what I have
This pattern is distinct but not black. It’s more brown with little flecks in it

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#11 posted 05-20-2020 04:14 PM

couldnt say definitively, but its a pretty wood, whatever it is. That orangey color reminds me of Gonzalo Alves.

If it is ebony, then youve got a goldmine there in value.

Texas ebony

African ebony

Not sure, ptobably texan.

-- Wildwood by Brian Johns: Because cheese isnt a healthy source of cheese, I will use grated cucumber to top off this raw food vegan pizza.

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#12 posted 05-20-2020 04:25 PM

Well since this is all guessing I’ll through this one out…. looks a bit like cocobolo (think that’s how it’s spelled) to me. It has orangeish wood with black grain. Usually the wood is just a touch darker tho. I’ve never worked with it just seen it on guitars

-- Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with all thy might

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#13 posted 05-20-2020 04:30 PM

I think my guess could b pretty close. I googled what the tree bark looked like and this pic showed up

-- Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with all thy might

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#14 posted 05-20-2020 04:36 PM



Well since this is all guessing I’ll through this one out…. looks a bit like cocobolo (think that’s how it’s spelled) to me. It has orangeish wood with black grain. Usually the wood is just a touch darker tho. I’ve never worked with it just seen it on guitars

- JCamp

That does ring true now that you mention it. I have some small pieces that are very close in color to what Dick has. The color and width of the sapwood look right too.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#15 posted 05-20-2020 05:28 PM

Cocobolo. Also expensive, for me anyway.

-- Wildwood by Brian Johns: Because cheese isnt a healthy source of cheese, I will use grated cucumber to top off this raw food vegan pizza.

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