Have you ever tried to carve Ebony?

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Project by Jimthecarver posted 1572 days ago 2351 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 1572 days ago

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

-- Having fun...Eric

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Heidi Neely

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#2 posted 1572 days ago

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 1572 days ago

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 1572 days ago

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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Kent Shepherd

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#5 posted 1572 days ago

Looks too complicated for me.

Great job!!!!!!

-- She thought I hung the moon--now she just thinks I did it wrong

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#6 posted 1572 days ago


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

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#7 posted 1572 days ago

Beautiful carving indeed.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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#8 posted 1572 days ago

Something different. Really works though. Very sleek.

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#9 posted 1572 days ago

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 1572 days ago

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 1563 days ago

a beautyfull spoon


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#12 posted 1557 days ago

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

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#13 posted 1552 days ago

Superb!!!! I love it…

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#14 posted 1288 days ago

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. ;)

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