Macassar Ebony.... Ugh!

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Project by Chris posted 2482 days ago 1696 views 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Everyone has told me how bad turning Rosewood or Cocobola is for you. I think Ebony is nearly as bad; while this bowl turned out well I found the fumes/dust from it to be down right noxious and the wood to be very brittle when thin.

On the plus side boy howdy does it shine up well; It was nearly this shiny before I applied the finish. It also seems to have an iridescent quality to it. I’ll try again after I get a respirator.

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#1 posted 2482 days ago

Beautiful work and wood. You have hit the pavement running with this lathe work!

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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Bob #2

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#2 posted 2482 days ago

Hi Chris:
Nice piece and that ebony is particularly stubborn when it comes to forming.
You can smell the jungle it came from and that aint to good but it dow shine up nicely.
I use bits of it for accents .
I have 3 or 4 short logs here and no will to make a projct with it as yet.
By all means get a decnet dust hood with these exotics.
Little is known about their toxicity and that’s a good reason to take care.


-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#3 posted 2482 days ago

The bowl looks great. Next time use a filter mask.


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#4 posted 2482 days ago

Amen Brother!!!

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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Thos. Angle

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#5 posted 2481 days ago


-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#6 posted 2481 days ago

It came out nice. I’ve only turned a bit of it and it turned the shop black with dust. It left me thinking, “this can’t be good.” It does shine up nice, though!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#7 posted 2481 days ago

I like this…simple, but very pretty wood and design.

-- If I can do it, so can you.

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#8 posted 2480 days ago

Beautiful bowl. Sounds like working outdoors would be a good idea with that wood.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#9 posted 2253 days ago

You do really beautiful work !

-- Rj's Woodworks,San Jose & Weed Ca,

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#10 posted 2253 days ago


-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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Douglas Bordner

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#11 posted 2253 days ago

I’ve never been enamored of that smell, but You have made a beautiful thing from it.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#12 posted 2253 days ago

turned out great! (get it)...what a great result…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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