||African Ebony (Diospyrus spp.)
||Includes varieties from Nigeria, Ghana, Cameroon, Kribi, Gaboon, Madagascar, and Zaire.
||Grows primarily in central to southern Africa.
||Very fine texture with an indistinct grain and metallic luster. Uniformly black heartwood and yellowish white sapwood.
||Very heavy, hard, strong, and stiff with high shock and decay resistance. Steam-bends reasonably well. Requires pre-drilling to nail or screw.
||Works with some difficulty – tends to chip and quickly dulls cutting edges. Turns well. Finishes to a naturally dark polished surface.
||Used for piano keys, musical instruments, turnery, inlay, novelties, billiard cues, brush backs, and cutlery handles.