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Gabon Ebony Title
Origin of Wood Type:
Botanical Name:
Diospyrus crassiflora
Specific Gravity:
Avg. Weight Per BF (?):
5.33 lb/ bf
Color Range:
Rarity / Availability: (?):
Moderately Rare
Typical Avg. Width:
3" to 4"
Typical Avg. Length:
3' to 5'
Avg. Waste Factor (?):

Wood Uses:

Piano and Organ Keys, other Musical Instrument Parts, Wood Turning, Wood Carving, Inlaying, Box Making and many other uses
lumber Grades (?):

Select and Better, Billets, Premium

Other Trade Names:

African Ebony, Cameroon Ebony, Kribi Ebony, Madagascar Ebony


Gabon ebony is the benchmark for black in lumber. It has been treasured through the ages from statues found in Egyptian tombs to the fret boards on violins. A very dense wood with specific gravity of 1.2, it is usually only available in widths less than 6” and lengths less than 48”.
*Very dense tight grained wood
*Used extensively in musical instrument production
*Excellent for carving
*One of the purest black woods
*Very expensive

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