ENCYCLOPEDIA OF WOOD

EBONY, MACASSAR

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Botanical Name: Dioepyroe spp.

Macassar ebony, unlike black ebony with its intense deep hue, is multicolored, usually more light than dark. Both Macassar ebony and black ebony are used in the finest inlay and cabinet work. Macassar ebony comes from a number of different species that are all part of the ebony family; there may be some variation in densi­ty, texture and appearance from one piece to another. Other Names: Calamander wood, Coromandel (U. t.); golden ebony, marblewood.

Source: Southeast Asia.

Characteristics: Extremely dense with very brittle heartwood; mostly straight grain, but may be irregular or wavy; fine, even texture; dark brown to black, with light-brown streaks.

Uses: Cabinetwork, turnings, brush backs, walking sticks, musical instruments, inlay work, billiard cues and deco­rative veneers; sapwood used for tool handles. Workability: Very difficult; extreme blunting of cutters; pre-bore for nailing; unsuitable for gluing.

Finishing: Accepts finishes very well.

Weight: 60-80 Ib./cu. ft.

Price: Very expensive.

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