I certainly don’t need this and I don’t even know what to do with it. But despite the price, I simply couldn’t pass up the opportunity to buy this humongous piece of Katalox or Mexican Ebony (Swartzia spp. S. Cubensis)
It’s eight feet long, slightly more than two inches thick and fifteen inches wide and heavy as hell.
As I’m led to believe Katalox is usually sold in much smaller pieces for turning or inlay, so I consider this a rare find for a boy in Minnesota.
Like I said, I don’t need it, but I won’t sell it and considering the difficulty working Katalox and the fact that it can be troublesome to glue, my only option may be to make a bench too heavy to steal or just lean it against the wall and look at it until I die. The late Andy Rooney said he had several pieces of wood too beautiful to abuse by making something from them. That’s the way I feel about this wood. Although I did rub on a few coats of Shellac.