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post #1 of 4 Old 01-21-2011, 11:47 PM Thread Starter
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turning ebony

A friend of mine purchased a 2x2x 24" stick of ebony the other day. The price was to hefty for me. Anyway, I asked him if he would chop off a 1/4" piece to use for making pen center bands. This was my first experience with ebony and I found it to be brittle and powdery. Now I am reluctant to try and turn the small bands that I shape cut and drilled for pen center bands. What can I expect when a start turning the band?

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I would recommend African Black Wood. It turns much nicer and doesn't tend to chip.

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One thing about ebony, make sure your tooling is razor sharp.

Harrison, at your service!
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I no longer use ebony for pens. It's much too heat sensitive. The only worse wood for cracking is snakewood.

Even the drilling process can be enough to cause cracks. The odd thing is some may not crack for weeks or months but they are inevitable.

Blackwood is much easier to work with.
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