East Indian Ebony

Name East Indian Ebony (Diospyrus spp.)
Type Hardwood.
Other Names Also known as Indian ebony, camagon, golden ebony, and other names such as Macassar ebony according to origin.
Sources Grows in Sri Lanka and southern India.
Appearance Straight to irregular grain with a fine, even texture and metallic luster. Heartwood color varies from medium brown to jet black to gray depending on species. Light gray sapwood.
Physical Props Very heavy, hard, strong, and stiff with high shock and decay resistance. Steam-bends reasonably well but wood is brittle.
Working Props Works with difficulty due to hardness. – heartwood has severe blunting effect on cutting edges. Requires pre-drilling to nail or screw. Glues satisfactorily and takes an excellent finish.
Uses Used for luxury furniture, carving, and various turned items including knife and tool handles, billiard cues, and brush backs. Also used for combs, piano keys and other musical instrument parts, inlay, and decorative veneer.