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Offline Birdhunter

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Ebony
« on: September 11, 2020, 01:33 AM »
My local source for ebony has dried up. I am looking for the jet black stuff in pieces about 4 ‘ long, 6” wide and 1” thick.  All I can find has the brown mixed in with the black.
Birdhunter

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Offline Gone

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Re: Ebony
« Reply #1 on: September 11, 2020, 07:17 AM »
Ebony is becoming Unobtainable because of its endangered status and any that is/was available was sniped by guitar and musical instrument makers. Time to find an alternative. Check the link and read the DarK Outlook for Dark Woods article

https://www.wood-database.com/?s=ebony

Offline Alanbach

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Re: Ebony
« Reply #2 on: September 11, 2020, 10:28 AM »
Call Clark’s Hardwood Lumber in Houston. They sell African and Macassar. Not certain about the all black at any given time but they sell a lot of specialty exotics and they are I have always found them good to deal with. Their website says that they will ship. 713-862-6628

Offline deepcreek

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Re: Ebony
« Reply #3 on: September 11, 2020, 11:37 AM »
I agree with @kcufstoidi.  Ebony is getting extremely hard to find.

The last I bought was three years ago from Griffin Exotic Woods.  James is extremely knowledgeable and might be able to suggest a source for the larger boards you're seeking.  https://www.exoticwood.biz/ebony.htm
Joe Adams
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Houston, Texas

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Offline Cheese

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Re: Ebony
« Reply #4 on: September 11, 2020, 11:47 AM »
I was at the local Woodcraft store yesterday and they had quite a bit of Gaboon ebony...it was all jet black. The sizes were rather small though, 1"x1", 1 1/2" x 1 1/2" and 2" x 2".

Offline Alex

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Re: Ebony
« Reply #5 on: September 11, 2020, 11:49 AM »
People all around the world like ebony, but nature can't keep up with the demand. So keep using it, who needs trees anyway.

Offline Cheese

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Re: Ebony
« Reply #6 on: September 11, 2020, 11:59 AM »
People all around the world like ebony, but nature can't keep up with the demand. So keep using it, who needs trees anyway.

I agree...trees are pretty highly overrated.  [wink]

Offline Svar

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Re: Ebony
« Reply #7 on: September 11, 2020, 12:25 PM »
I suggest not buying endangered species as a matter of principle. There are alternatives.

Offline TwelvebyTwenty

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Re: Ebony
« Reply #8 on: September 11, 2020, 12:52 PM »
I suggest not buying endangered species as a matter of principle. There are alternatives.

Bunch of snowflakes. Next you'll be saying I shouldn't using baby seals as a mallet.

Offline rvieceli

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Re: Ebony
« Reply #9 on: September 11, 2020, 07:41 PM »
Makes a nice base for your ivory  [tongue]

Ron

Offline Peter Halle

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Re: Ebony
« Reply #10 on: September 11, 2020, 08:35 PM »
I used ebony years ago and then had the project split apart.  Not my joints - the wood.  Never again for me.  Good luck in your search.

Peter