|Project by ic3ss||posted 01-12-2012 01:17 AM||1250 views||0 times favorited||6 comments|
I have to ask a question for anyone who has worked with ebony. What do you use for a finish? Will the wood crack and fall apart if I don’t put anything on it? This piece was bought from Rockler and it had wax on both ends for moisture control. I’m assuming that it’s been dried properly, there were no cracks in it.
I was at the wood supply place and my current project called for a small piece of ebony. After taking it all home, I was looking at the 3” long piece of ebony meant for turning and an idea came to me, more like an image. I looked at the wood and I saw a Moai, the head statues of Easter Island. My project is now on hold until next week, but I did get time last Monday to go grab my rasp and carve this.
This is the first time I’ve done anything with ebony, and I can say now that I understand why people have used it for carving for thousands of years. It’s exceptionally hard, but yet it carves quite nicely. The grain is so tight that the end grain is not apparent, it just looks like face grain. I sanded it to 2000 grit and that was enough to reveal the blemishes in my carving process. I’m going to leave it like that, I think it makes it look old and weathered.
Ebony being endangered and very expensive, it’s not something that I would use very often, I just had to try this once. Now I just need to find a name for him.
Thanks for looking, and I’d like to read what you think about finishes for ebony.
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