Griffin Exotic Wood

Black & White Ebony
(diospyros embryopteris)

Black and White ebony is a rare member of the ebony family, found mostly in Laos.   It tends to crack easily and we recommend special procedures for drying pieces thicker than 3/4 inch thick. Note that some pieces of Black & White Ebony have a few tiny (usually 2mm) insect holes and/or hairline checks---this is normal and is best finished by putting superglue (the black kind looks great!) in the holes/checks.   The only fairly reliable way to dry this wood is to turn it completely down to a thin walled piece all in one setting.  We also suggest you spread superglue, especially on the end-grain during the turning process, we do some of this glueing for you initially to most pieces.  Finish the project in one sitting if possible, and apply shellawax cream as a finish.  The piece will then dry very slowly through the shellawax, with minimal or no distortion.  Do not part turn these pieces to dry them unless you have some magic we don't have! Some checks and warpage should be expected in most pieces unless stabilized.


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Black & White Ebony 3/4 inch square pen blank
Price: $6.00

Black & White Ebony pen blank, 5/8 square
Price: $3.00 (limited time offer)

Black & White Ebony pen blank, 5/8 square
Blowout volume deal on 20 or more!

Price: $2.30 (limited time offer)

BE A SMART BUYER: Check our prices to get an idea of how different suppliers are on this wood. We have found (on other major supplier sites) BLACK AND WHITE ebony currently available (with defects) selling at over $474.00 per board foot at a large supplier. The prices below are nearly all $120-130 per board foot or less and there are no, or virtually no defects at all. That means our prices for these are 1/4 the prices some are getting for this species right now!

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This type of ebony is becoming more difficult to get, we were thankful to get this material. I hope I am not announcing soon we cannot get it anymore as CITES (Convention for Trade in Endangered Species) is always considering whether to start restricting ebony shipments of all kinds. Items not listed below or that give a red notice in shopping cart were already sold.
No surprises: ALL four sides visible in photos:

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THESE ARE GONE BUT WE HAVE MORE, working on them June 2020 and back here as soon as possible. If you are waiting email us, we might have some ready for you right now!
Black & White Ebony
1.5 x 1.5 x 3.25 inches
Piece 10

Price: SOLD

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