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Black Ebony from Griffin Exotic Wood
Ebony is a member of the diospyros
family. In the older trees, the wood is very black accounting for
the reputation of this wood. Colors in actual pieces vary quite a
bit with at least a little brown being seen in all but our upper grades.
Truly black pieces are extremely rare now. Ebony can vary somewhat in density.
Variances from .80 to 1.16 are possible. All of our kiln-dried wood
seems to be close to the upper end of possible density. Other
pieces fall somewhere between .8 and 1.1. What today is called
ebony is probably not the wood called by the Egyptians and in the Bible
as ebony. It seems that african blackwood was the wood they were
referring to. Ebony is darker however.
Ebony grading system:
(Based on EXTERNAL appearances--generally the inside is the same but not
always, and not guaranteed except AA grade)
Grade B: Black/brown wood with noticeable
lines that are dk. brown, and are usually not hidden without dyeing.
Dye is cheaper than dark wood!
Grade A: Black wood with minor dk. brown
lines, that SOMETIMES disappear through normal finishing or dyeing.
Grade A+: Black
wood with very occasional tiny brown areas that are almost unnoticeable
looking at the exterior of the wood.
Grade AA: Very black wood that is almost all
black on external surfaces (98%+) even before finishing. Very occasional
tiny off color areas allowed if 98% black.
for AA grade only:
If after cutting AA grade you find its a lower
grade inside, we'll refund the difference between what you paid
and the price for the actual internal grade if
we agree. ( Clear Photos required showing the AA grading we wrote on the
In order to get this special guarantee, you must
have not cut the wood more than once (turning round at full size is OK).
Wood cut into
multiple pieces will get no compensation and full
refunds for cut wood are not offered. We may choose to verify the color
having you return the wood also. Applies to AA
grade only. There is no compensation for other grades once they are cut,
after 7 days from receipt, or for cracks after
3 days from reciept.
Grade AAA: Wood that is black
as coal, very rare now--we haven't had a piece like this in years and encourage you to be skeptical if someone says they have perfect black wood to sell. We have investigated claims like that and have so far always found them to be false unless it is a tiny piece of wood. Some vendors take A grade wood and cover it in thick wax to make it appear they have AAA grade, we grade based on the bare wood color.
Kiln-dried: Each size
that is kiln-dried is specifically marked. Those not marked kiln-dried==
are not kiln-dried.
NO SHIPPING OUTSIDE THE USA--NOW A RESTRICTED SPECIES IF the item is marked with a *
SIZES ARE IN INCHES
unless specified otherwise.
Kiln-dried/Air dried ebony (very
hard to get)
Note: We only claim "dried"
for wood below 12% moisture content. (Each kiln-dried item says kd or kiln-dried on the item, air dried items say AD or air dried.)
This section also now includes pieces that are air dried and have been measured with a properly programmed moisture meter,
confirming the moisture level is 12% or below. Be aware that normal moisture meters cannot measure woods this dense
and WILL give false readings. Our readings have been properly taken. Air dried is the best way to dry ebony. The reason is that kiln drying can cause internal checks that cannot be seen until you have cut into the wood. That is a rare problem though, but we have seen it in some pieces that were kiln dried (maybe 2%).
Click the photo for a second view of these. Note that the grading system is based on us looking at the wood when it is completely bare wood, not finished. These are shown bare wood with no wax or finish to hide the grain. Piece 12 does have a very thin layer of wax. With a finish, these would look much darker, which is why other vendors only sell ebony in pictures that show a finish on them, but that prevents you from seeing the grain. We want you to see the actual piece you are buying, and know that it would be almost all black in most cases, or all black if we showed you these with the finish already on. All pieces dry (for real) of course. Note that ebony is a little bit more brittle then some woods, and just because it is dry does not mean it won't crack if you get it super hot sanding it (if you cannot comfortably put your hand on it--then is too hot) or by hitting it with a hard object like a hammer.
Notes: all pieces appear completely defect free under careful inspection of bare wood, except that piece 9 has a small hairline check in one corner. Piece 4 has a little bit of figure, which you can see in the photo above.
PLEASE READ THE GRADING SYSTEM AT THE TOP OF THE PAGE TO UNDERSTAND THE MEANING OF A, A+, AA ETC.
No surprises: ALL four sides visible in photos:
Click here for a THIRD side view.
Click here for FOURTH side view.
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* Means this item cannot be shipped outside the USA due to new trade regulations. Items not marked with a * are OK to ship outside the USA
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