alamo hardwoods | san antonio | texas ebony lumber wood

alamo hardwoods | san antonio | texas ebony wood lumber
( I would like to thank Paul Cox for his years of friendship and recommend his book Texas Trees to anyone interested in native trees)

Texas "Ebony" (Pithecellobium ebano) is not a true Ebony species like Persimmon, but rather a cousin of Texas Mesquite. It gets it's nickname for the dark color, as dark as anything growing in the United States. Texas "Ebony" grows in the southern part of the state and is often killed by hard freezes. Many people from this area remember having a tree of Texas "Ebony" in their yard as an ornamental.

The wood of the Texas "Ebony" tree is extremely hard and, unlike true Ebony, has an interlocking grain that makes it one of the meanest woods on the planet to work. It tends to tear when planing, like Hickory. When turning true ebony it turns into a powder. When turning Texas Ebony, the turners say that the wood comes off not as shavings, but as a long string.

It's small size and irregular growing habit make Texas "Ebony" not useful in large construction, but well suited to small furniture and jewelry projects. Some trees have a very dark heart wood, almost like genuine ebony, while others have a lighter, almost walnut like appearance with visible graining.  It has a strong contrasting light colored sapwood that makes for interest in furniture use.
alamo hardwoods | san antonio | texas ebony lumber wood
Texas "Ebony" in the Showroom

alamo hardwoods | san antonio | texas ebony lumber wood

alamo hardwoods || san antonio texas ebony wood lumber

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