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Gaboon ebony tree

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Heartwood is usually jet-black, with little to no variation or visible grain. Occasionally dark brown or grayish-brown streaks may be present. Grain is usually straight but can also be interlocked. Fine even texture with very high natural luster. Ebony is rated as being very durable, with good resistance to Gaboon ebony tree and other insects.

Can be difficult to work due to its extremely high density. Has a dulling effect on cutters.

Tearout may occur on pieces that have interlocked or irregular grain. Finishes well, and polishes to a high luster. Responds well to steam bending. Ebony has a mild, slightly unpleasant odor when being worked. Although severe reactions are quite uncommon, Ebony in the Diospyros genus has been reported as a sensitizer.

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