Thursday, December 24, 2009

Nigerian Ebony

(diospyros crassiflora mespiliformis) Nigerian Ebony is a rather small tree that reaches heights no taller than 60' and no larger than 2' diameter. The heartwood is jet black, very hard, and very dense. Commonly used for carving and turning. Polishes to a high-luster finish. Ebony is the Greek word for "fruit of the gods". Historically drinking goblets were made from its wood, as they believed it was an antidote for poison, and its use would ward off their enemy's evil intent.