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Ask any East Coast woodworker about their experience with mesquite (Prosopis julifora), and it’s likely to involve a grill and a choice cut of meat. On the other hand, furnituremakers and turners throughout the Southwest know that within this small, twisted, thorny tree lies more than a potential pile of chips.

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Our most recently delivery of Gaboon Ebony (Diospyros Spp.) is native to Western Africa and can now be purchased in a variety of sizes with 23 item offerings from Woodcraft, making it much easier to find the right size for any project. The exceptional quality of this batch was worth the wait.  The heartwood is usually jet black, with little to no variation of visible grain.  Occasionally dark brown streaks may be present.  Can be difficult to work with due to its extremely high density.  It is dense enough to sink in water and has a dully effect on cutters.  It takes a finish well and has a high luster.  Ebony is commonly used for ornamental purposes due to its price and available sizes.  We have a  selection of  large sizes. The species has a long history of use, with carvings found dating back to the ancient Egyptians.  In the 16th century fine cabinets were made of ebony.  Makers of these cabinets in Paris were known as ebenistes, which remains the French term for a cabinetmaker. Ebony is commonly used for small ornamental purposes, such as piano keys, musical instrument parts, pool cues, carvings. Great for knobs, pulls, inlays and accents in cabinetry. Somewhat difficult to machine, but worth the reward and is excellent turning wood. 

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Cherry1

A wonderful wood that’s worth a little extra work.

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Teak1

The all-time weather-beating wood for land and sea.

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Boxelder1

The softest of the maples has lots to offer woodworkers of all ages.

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Birch1

North America’s do-it-all lumber.

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Holly1

The world’s whitest hardwood with centuries of tradition.

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Once the favored hardwood of emperors, kings, and pharaohs.

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Sassafras1

A domestic hardwood with old-time folklore flavor.

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Grain1

Putting the best face on your work.

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