You can resaw or shape this uniquely shaped piece to suit your needs. This wood can be turned, used for bowls, pen blanks, handles, gun stocks, musical instruments, and many other uses. Our Item 359 is 26 lbs of Ebony. The maximum length of this piece is 27. The maximum width of this piece is 7.
The maximum thickness of this piece is 5. This semi-circular piece has dark brown mixed in with the black; it may be only at the surface or maybe deep. There are longitudinal checks on the flat face (from the center of the tree) and some radial cracks in each end.These make it difficult to estimate how solid the interior of the piece is, but I only see one faint face crack on the curved three surfaces of the piece. My hunch is that it's fairly solid once you get away from the ends and the flat face. Assuming that is true, this might yield a blank 24" long x 5"wide x 2 1/2" deep width a 2" x 3" off cut that is 12" long. Note that all yield predictions are estimates only, based on what I can see from the exterior and my experience.
This is also true of the color; once you cut into a piece, you may find a different color or amount of true black than what I can see at the surface. Why is the wood in this shape? When this is harvested, the sawyer uses a chainsaw like a carving knife, cutting away the sapwood and leaving these irregular shapes. We have imported them whole, eliminating the waste common to other vendors.
Trees From Eden is a supplier of exotic African hardwoods that takes a different approach to the business. At the stump in Africa, these woods cost about the same as common American species, such as Oak. The high cost of exotics is due to the series of 10-15 middlemen who move the product from the forest in Africa to the retailer in the US. Gabon ebony wood is the most pure black of the lot, but can have occasional chocolate brown seams, especially in the middle of larger chunks. You can pay significantly more for wood that is guaranteed to be pure black throughout.
The sap wood is a light gray offering extreme contrasts in color that can add dramatic flare. Ebony weights approximately 65+ lbs per cubic foot. Please contact me with any questions.