Gaboon ebony is the benchmark for black coloring in lumber. It has been treasured through the ages from statues found in Egyptian tombs to the fret boards on violins. It is a very dense, tight grained wood and is excellent for carving. Gaboon Ebony is one of the purest black woods.
Heartwood is usually jet-black, with little to no variation or visible grain. Occasionally dark brown or grayish-brown streaks may be present.
Grain & Texture
Grain is usually straight but can also be interlocked. Fine even texture with very high natural luster.