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Gabon Ebony Wood Veneer

Gabon EbonyIt has been close to a decade since we've had Gabon ebony (also callled "Gaboon" ebony) on our website. True Diospyros crassiflora is virtually extinct in wood veneer these days, but we got lucky and found some bundles to offer here on our website.

It's important to note that the pictures of these lots are taken from the side of the bundle with the most sapwood. This means that the lot you receive may have considerably more of the black heartwood than what is shown in the picture.

This species is now available in paper-backed veneer!

Gabon Ebony Veneer
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The picture above shows a veneer sheet that I sanded with 150 grit and then wiped on a light coat of denatured alcohol. What a difference it makes to see this ebony this way. An oil-based or lacquer-based finish will give you the same result with this veneer. Click here to see an alternate picture of this veneer.

Common Name:
  African ebony, Black ebony, Gaboon Ebony, and Cameroon ebony
Scientific Name:
  Diospyros crassiflora
  Nearly black with light tan sapwood
Origin:   Cameroon, Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, and Nigeria
Shipping Limitation:   This species can not be shipped out of the USA.
  Very hard
  Fine grain, closed pore
  Readily accepts oil and lacquer-based finishes. The dark black color is just amazing with a gloss or semi-gloss oil-based finish.
Project Pictures:
  Dennis Zongker from Omaha, Nebraska built an outstanding music box with this veneer. Additional pictures of his project can be found in the Customer Gallery.
Did You Know:
  According to Wikipedia, the wood that this particular tree produces is believed to be the blackest of all timber-producing Diospyros species, and there is evidence that heartwood from this tree has been used in civilizations going back to the ancient Egyptians!
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Tip from Joe

I've found that cell phones and tablets display reasonably accurate colors of our veneer photos.
Rendering variations on some computer monitors can cause our pictures to appear different from the actual veneer.