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What is Ebano wood?

Last Updated: 24th January, 2020

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Ebony is a dense black/brown hardwood, most commonly yielded by several different species in the genus Diospyros, which also contains the persimmons. Ebony is dense enough to sink in water. It is finely-textured and has a mirror finish when polished, making it valuable as an ornamental wood.

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Simply so, why is ebony wood so expensive?

Due to the combination of limited habitat, slow growth and high demand it has become a very rare species of wood. It is one of the most expensive types of wood in the world. Depending on the type of black ebony wood and its potential use, you could be looking at a price of over 15,000 US dollars.

Likewise, is Ebony wood hard? Demand for ebony wood is very high: it's a high quality hardwood that's very hard, very strong, and most of all, very black. Low supply and high demand means prices go way up. These high prices, coupled with the fact that a lot of the world's ebony grows in third-world countries, only exacerbates the problem.

Beside above, what is Katalox wood?

Katalox, or Mexican Royal Ebony, is a dense Central American hardwood - Swartzia cubensis. It is listed in several USDA publications as a suitable substitute for African Gabon Ebony in stringed instruments (usually fingerboards and bridges).

What is the whitest wood?

The wood has quite a reputation. As the whitest wood known, holly provides inlay for expensive furniture, the bodies of fine brushes, and even imitation ivory piano keys. You can find 175 species of holly growing practically around the world, with the largest number in Brazil and Guiana.

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Where can I find ebony wood?

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How can you tell if wood is Ebony?

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What is Ebony wood used for?

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