What is Ebony Veneer?
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Ebony Veneer is sourced from Macassar Ebony, the source wood is in short supply and not easy to come by. Problems with regards to sourcing include the distance, hard travel conditions, extreme low density of the wood, and the rough terrain.
If you think this is the all of it, you'll be mistaken, as there are also other cost which further increase the scarcity of the wood product. It is usually found in the tropics of South Asia in diverse settings.
The majority of the source wood is short and shrubby in size and is not profitable for commercial logging operations to generate the sizes that would be required by commercial or residential do it your selfters. Thus the material is very rare and hard to come by. The usual size category for Ebony Veneer Panels is in the thickness of 6 x 8 inches. It has a quartersawn face and finished veneer quarters.
What does Ebony Veneer Look Like?
Ebony Veneer has a stripped down look, and it is coloured a light to reddish brown, and its core is darker with brown and black markings.
Ebony Veneer has very fine textures with small pores. The grain runs straight, but can sometimes be interlocked.
Endgrains are usually small to medium pores sizes in random arrangement. One off designs with radial multiples of 2-4 are also common; mineral deposits can be present at times. The of growth rings is indistinct andrays not visible without intensification. The wood itself in it's sourced form is difficult to work with.
It is used for High End Millwork and Cabinetry. The pricing reflects its hard to source nature and can therefore be quite expensive.