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 13 is 28 lbs of Ebony. The maximum length of this piece is 45. The maximum width of this piece is 4.The maximum thickness of this piece is 3. A long, thin, interesting piece that is nominally squared up on two sides, there are some end splits and face splits on one end/side that may reduce yield. This one might be worth epoxying because it would only be a small amount and would increase the yield. There is some light and dark brown on it and I would expect to see this throughout. If you do not epoxy it, i estimate it might yield a blank 44" x 3" x 2.5 by angling the blank away from the defects. If you epoxy it, it might yield a blank 44" x 4" x 2.5" plus a second blank 16" x 4 x 2. 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.