Turning Archive 2005

Subject:
Ebony identification?

William Duffield, on the Cohansey
>I've been turning some small pieces of ebony I got in a "grab bag" from WoodCraft. It turns easily, leaving only fine dust, no shavings, and finishes to a very high polish. It is mostly black, with a few light cream colored streaks running through it. Does anyone know which species of Diospyros I have here? They guys at the WoodCraft retail store don't know. See the top and third examples in this photo. (The other two are cocobolo, Dalbergia retusa.) The pic is about .6 megabytes, so I'm just providing its url, instead of forcing everyone with a dialup modem who reads this post to download it. The turnings average about 4" long and about 7/8" dia.

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