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07-27-2014 02:14 PM

I am taking a class at Mark Adams School of WoodWorking in the near future and one of the things on the material list is some all black ebony. Where are you guys buying your ebony from or can you recommend a good place to get some from.


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#1 posted 07-27-2014 02:42 PM


You will be spending about $30 to $60 per pound for it. It is way up there in price.

I have used before Black Walnut and used Vinegar and steel wool mix to get it pretty black.

You can also get some Maple and put some black Dye or Ink and let it soak in.

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#2 posted 07-27-2014 02:57 PM

exoticwoods2000, it’s a good source and I’ve bought from them before, good folks as well

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#3 posted 07-27-2014 03:29 PM

Its not so hard to find as it is to work with. Try this: Get some vinegar & steel wool and soak a piece of cherry in it for a few days or until it turns black and let it dry. Its called “Poor Mans Eboney”

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#4 posted 07-27-2014 03:57 PM

I get mine here,
I think you are looking for Gabon Ebony, as Macassar Ebony has the brown streaks in it.
I have no problems whatsoever working it, however it does play hell on your drum sanding belt, especially the Macassar.

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#5 posted 07-27-2014 04:17 PM

I don’t find ebony hard to turn or work with.I only ever use it to accentuate some of my pieces and yes it is very expensive. In Glasgow there is a yearly woodworking show in a large Arena everyone who is selling woodworking machinery wood and all other items go there,I saw someone selling ebony which although not cheap was reasonably priced in small bundles.Unfortunately on closer inspection none of it was lovely pure dark or black ebony.Iit was all cut into smallish lengths with a lot of sapwood included which I could see no point in buying has anyone here found that too? Alistair

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#6 posted 07-27-2014 05:20 PM

Can’t let you have it, but this ebony mallet cost me about $5.00 (not counting the plane ticket). Weighs a ton.

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#7 posted 07-27-2014 08:03 PM

Hey Richard. How much ebony do you need?

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#8 posted 07-27-2014 08:05 PM

You might try these folks-

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#9 posted 07-27-2014 08:44 PM

Hey Richard. How much ebony do you need?

- ErikF

Guys I will review the leads and the dying process (may go that wrought if I can’t find something). Erick,The project list states one piece at 1’’ x 4’’ x 24’’ As it’s for making strips that will go around a small box.

Thanks Richard

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#10 posted 07-27-2014 09:36 PM

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#11 posted 07-27-2014 09:40 PM

You might try Cormark in North Carolina

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#12 posted 07-28-2014 01:47 AM

Try looking up BHE International. All they sell is ebony

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#13 posted 07-28-2014 02:13 AM

Before I made my own I got it here.
They have the best exotics I have ever saw. been buying from them for about 8 years.
Make sure you ask for Gabon Ebony.

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#14 posted 07-28-2014 02:39 AM

So far in looking on some of the sites I am having a hard time finding the size I needed
(1’’ x 4’’ x 24’’) but BHE International does have the size I am looking for (the only one)
Thanks Ingir

Bob thanks for the lead as well I will check with both suppliers

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#15 posted 07-29-2014 08:22 PM

Try looking up BHE International. All they sell is ebony

- Ingjr

Ingjr, How did you order from them as their web site says to call and no one answers and I did leave a message twice with no return and to order via the web it says coming soon?

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