The maximum thickness of this piece is 6. A long piece great for pool cues or rifle stocks, there is a major split down the middle of this piece, so it should be thought of as two pieces that have not yet split apart. In addition, there are other end and face splits and a good bit of brown visible along the black. It does have one nice, large, solid face that may make the resawing easier. Assuming the major split is exactly what I envision, and assuming the other splits are not too bad, I estimate this may yield one blank that is 45" x 3.5" x 3.5" and another blank that is 45" x 3.5" x 2.5" plus 2 - 5?
1 x 1 offcuts that are 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.