Have you ever tried to carve Ebony?

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Project by Jimthecarver posted 04-05-2010 09:20 PM 2883 views 6 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have carved Ebony a few time and had such a hard time with it. So I decided to carve this from basswood and used some flat black spray paint for the BBQ. I sprayed 3 coats of flat black to make sure it was completely covered then 5 coats of 500 degree clear engine paint for a high gloss finish.
I think it turned out to look like Ebony but the weight factor gives it away as Ebony is very heavy.
Thanks for looking.
God Bless

-- Can't never could do anything, to try is to advance.

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#1 posted 04-05-2010 09:33 PM

Another Spectacular Jim.
The shiny black finish is very nice !

-- Eric, central Florida / Utor praemia operibus duris

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#2 posted 04-05-2010 09:34 PM

I’ve always been partial to these types of carved spoons….I think they’re called “love spoons” if I’m not mistaken. This one turned out great, and I love the look of the finish! Good work! : )

-- Heidi :) “The only source of knowledge is experience”

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#3 posted 04-05-2010 09:43 PM

So Jim, did you have to torch it before painting? Basswood is such a bugger for sanding. Very beautiful job on this though.


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#4 posted 04-05-2010 09:59 PM

Jordan- I had’nt thought of torching it first, but I bet that would have cut down on the sanding between black coats…thanks for the tip.
Thanks Kol’s Lady, and yes they are called Love spoons. I carved this one as a learning stick for a good friend to look at while she carved hers. She is getting close so I jacked it back to finish it then I will return it in hopes she will get inspired to finish hers.
Thanks for the kind comments.

-- Can't never could do anything, to try is to advance.

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#5 posted 04-05-2010 10:54 PM

Looks too complicated for me.

Great job!!!!!!


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#6 posted 04-05-2010 11:29 PM


-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#7 posted 04-06-2010 02:42 AM

Beautiful carving indeed.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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#8 posted 04-06-2010 05:43 AM

Something different. Really works though. Very sleek.

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#9 posted 04-06-2010 05:59 AM

Great job, Jim! It looks fantastic. You should look into some of Charles Neil’s tips on ebonizing lumber, good stuff and I’d trust him.

-- Cheers and God Bless

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#10 posted 04-06-2010 06:07 AM

Thanks everyone for the wonderful comments.
I believe every kind of wood has its own beauty, but i also think basswood in most cases looks better covered up by something other than waxes or polys.
Kristoffer- I will look into that and thanks for the advise.
You can get easy to carve patterns here…

-- Can't never could do anything, to try is to advance.

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#11 posted 04-14-2010 10:35 AM

a beautyfull spoon


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#12 posted 04-20-2010 12:46 PM

I wish I could make this kind of finishes..
Beautiful project.

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#13 posted 04-25-2010 06:11 PM

Superb!!!! I love it…

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#14 posted 01-14-2011 06:23 PM

Very nice love spoon. I’v only been carving a little over a year but hope to try one of these soon myself. The paint certainly worked, but have you ever considered using india ink? There are several ways to ebonize wood, but the best I’ve seen so far has been using india ink. People have had good results even using a black felt tip marker. Lots of info using Google. ;)

-- "The Noblest Art is that of making others happy." ~ P.T. Barnum

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