Texas Ebony Wood For Sale

I have begun (occasionally) cutting, hauling and selling Texas Ebony wood from deep south Texas. This beautiful wood is hard and very dense, and reportedly oily or waxy (although I haven't noticed that so far). References suggest that it machines and turns very well, and finishes to a high natural luster, and I can certainly confirm that - have a look at some of the finished Texas Ebony turnings at my Prairie's End Woodshop. Weighing approximately 63 pound per cubic foot, it is heavier than water (i.e. - it will not float in water).

The colors of Texas Ebony heartwood range from a dark chocolate brown (almost coal black) thru a dark brown with thin stripes of lighter brown, and to a beautiful combination of light and dark, golden-brown heartwood. The spalting of the very dark brown/black heartwood frequently results in areas of light orange-brown colors, and (rarely) small closed, orange-brown circles (spots).

Texas Ebony sapwood is generally a bright golden yellow color, an attractive contrast to the heartwood. I generally water-dampen the surface before taking photos, to suggest what each piece might look like once a finish is applied. As you can see in the example turned vase below, the bark of fresh Texas Ebony is tight and excellent for natural-edge turning.

Note : As elsewhere, the dimensions given below are Length x Width x Depth of the blank. Theoretically these numbers indicate the dimensions of the largest bowl, box/goblet or spindle that might be turned from that piece if no flaws are encountered. The approximate weight (in pounds) as well as obvious physical features (checks, etc) are also indicated. Note also that most of these are rough cut. I do not have the time or equipment to routinely surface the cut sides - although sometimes I think that the grain is interesting enough that I will take it to the jointer before I take the photo.

Please note - the wood that I presently have is fresh and green - it is not kiln-dried or yet air-dried - so it may not be suitable for turned boxes or any other form that involves precision-fitting parts (unless you employ "green-wood turning techniques or plan on drying them yourself). Each block is sealed on the end-grain faces (and sometimes on all cut surfaces) to reduce drying and possible cracking of the wood during storage and shipment. That "waxy" surface you see in some photos (taken after sealing the blank) is just that - a wax emulsion - not an oily Ebony surface.

You can see examples of various bowls and vessels that I have turned from these "exotic" Texas woods on our companion website, www.prairiesend.com.





Texas Ebony blanks:







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Texas Ebony Pen Blanks
1"x 1"x 6""


I regularily cut and dry a number of Texas Ebony pen blanks. The wood is beautiful and can be finished to a beautiful, high luster.

These blanks include a mix of Ebony colors and patterns that ranges from the full dark Chocolate brown of the heartwood to a combination of dark heartwood and bright golden-yellow sapwood (top photo). Some include intergrain bands and "spots" of dark brown to orange spalting.

I also have a number of pen blanks that are a beautiful combination of light and dark golden-brown heartwood (bottom photo). If you have a preference, please let me know when you place your order, otherwise you will get a "run-of-the-mill" mix.


Texas Ebony Pen Blanks $5.00 each, no minimum.




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I just finished turning this delicate vase from some of the same Texas Ebony listed on this site. Additional examples of Texas Ebony turnings are (or will be) presented on our companion website Prairie's End Woodshop.








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Texas Ebony TE-047
3-1/4" x 23-5/8" x 1/2"
2 lbs.

This is a very nice, thin-cut, board of Texas Ebony. It is primarily the dark chocolate-brown of Texas Ebony heartwood with a strong, gently undulating to fairly complex grain pattern. The colors are darker on the side portions of each face and lighter toward the center (top photo), and grade to a much brighter golden brown in the more complex grain at one end of the back side (bottom photo). The linear grain pattern is interrupted/offset by two strong crossing lines on the back side (bottom photo). These crossing lines appear to be due to now-absent, lateral twigs/limbs when the tree was younger.

The grain in this board is quarter-sawn at one end (near end in top photo) and likely throughout most of the board, but does change to plane-sawn in the more complex grain at the far end. There are two small patches of creamy golden-yellow sapwood(?) on one the edge (both top and bottom photos).

There are two tight cracks (possibly inter-connected) at the end of one side of the board (right side, near end, top photo). They are tight and not visible on the photos. It (or they) clearly extend 3-3/4" up that side from the end, and may extend into the board as much as 1/2" from the side. I see no other cracks, checks or significant flaws.

Potential uses for this board might include, among others, a fretboard for a stringed instrument (guitar, Ukulele, etc.), multiple knife slips or one heck of a paddle!



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Texas Ebony TE-048
3-7/8" x 23-5/8" x 1/2"
2-1/8 lbs.

This is another very nice, thin-cut, board of Texas Ebony. It is primarily the very dark chocolate-brown of Texas Ebony heartwood, but includes a tapered section of golden-yellow sapwood along one side (narrow on the annotated face and wider on the opposite side. The grain pattern is strong, gently undulating to moderately complex. Several very-dark brown circular "spots" in the more complex grain at one end (both sides) appear to be due to now-absent lateral twigs/limbs when the tree was younger.

The grain in this board is roughly quarter-sawn at one end (near end in bottom photo) and likely throughout most of the board, but does change to plane-sawn in the more complex grain at the opposite end. There are two patches of golden color within the heartwood that I suspect are related to spalting (bottom photo).

I see no cracks, checks or other significant flaws.

Potential uses for this board might include, among others, a fretboard for a stringed instrument (guitar, Ukulele, etc.), multiple knife slips or one heck of a paddle!


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Texas Ebony TE-049
4" x 23" x 1/2"
2-1/4 lbs.

This is another very nice, thin-cut, board of Texas Ebony. The overall grain pattern is a strong linear to gently undulating pattern that becomes moderately complex at one end. The primary color is the very dark chocolate-brown of Texas Ebony heartwood, but includes a tapered section of golden-yellow sapwood along one side (wider on the annotated face and narrow on the opposite side). An attractive, but somewhat circular to irregular patch of light, golden-yellow color present at one end appears to be due to spalting (both photos). Several very dark-brown circular "spots" within and around the golden "spalting" area at one end appear to be due to now-absent lateral twigs/limbs from when the tree was younger.

The grain in this board is somewhere between quarter-sawn and rift-sawn at one end (near end in bottom photo) and likely throughout most of the board, but does change to plane-sawn in the more complex grain at the opposite end.

A small linear feature on one side of the board (bottom photo, toward the middle of the left side) is a small, imbedded twig from when the tree was younger. I do not see that as a serious flaw, but I do recommend securing that feature with thin CA glue. I see no cracks, checks or other significant flaws.

Potential uses for this board might include, among others, a fretboard for a stringed instrument (guitar, Ukulele, etc.), multiple knife slips or one heck of a paddle!


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Texas Ebony TE-050
4-1/4" x 23-1/4" x 1/2"
2-1/2 lbs.

This is another very nice, thin-cut, board of Texas Ebony. The overall grain pattern is a strong linear to gently undulating pattern that becomes quite complex at one end. The primary color is the very dark chocolate-brown of Texas Ebony heartwood, but includes a thin, irregular section of golden-yellow sapwood along one side. An attractive, but somewhat circular to irregular patch of light, golden-yellow color at one end of one side (top photo) appears to be due to spalting. Several very dark-brown circular "spots" within and around that golden "spalting" area at one end appear to be due to now-absent lateral twigs/limbs from when the tree was younger.

The grain in this board is somewhere between quarter-sawn and rift-sawn at one end (near end in bottom photo) and likely throughout most of the board, but does change to plane-sawn in the more complex grain at the opposite end (near end, top photo).

There is a small (1-1/2" long x ~1/8" wide x perhaps 1/8" deep), open linear gap/crease (??) present on one side (top photo, right side, far end, ~3/4" from the right edge). I have no idea of what it is, but I do not see it as a serious flaw. I do recommend filling with with epoxy or CA glue. There also is a single thin crack located on one side and the edge of the board (bottom photo, visible on the left side close to the near end). One end extends approximately 1/2" into the board, the other end crosses the edge and extends down that left side, but does not cross the opposite edge and is not apparent on the opposite face. The overall visible length is 2-1/2". I consider this small crack to be minor and would just reinforce it with thin CA glue, but if the board were to be trimmed to remove the crack, the remaining board would still be at least 3-1/2" wide.

I see no other significant flaws.

Potential uses for this board might include, among others, a fretboard for a stringed instrument (guitar, Ukulele, etc.), multiple knife slips or one heck of a paddle!


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Texas Ebony TE-051
3-5/8" x 22-3/8" x 1/2"
2 lbs.

This is another very nice, thin-cut, board of Texas Ebony. The overall grain pattern is a strong linear to gently undulating pattern that becomes quite complex at one end. The basic color is the very dark chocolate-brown of Texas Ebony heartwood. A small, somewhat irregular patch of golden-yellow color present at one edge of the back side (bottom photo) appears to be due to spalting.

The grain in this board is somewhere between quarter-sawn and rift-sawn at one end (near end in bottom photo) and likely throughout most of the board, but does change to plane-sawn in the more complex grain at the opposite end (near end, top photo).

Two very thin, partially-overlapping cracks are visible on the annotated face (top photo). The one closest to the edge extends down the side (as a larger crack) to the back face, and continues along the very edge of that back face (left side of the near end, bottom photo). On the annotated face (top photo), those cracks are no more than 3/4" from the edge. If trimming to remove them, the remaining board would be ~2-3/4" wide. There is also a single small hole (old borer hole?) located within 1/4" of the same edge as the above-described cracks. Trimming of the board for the cracks would also remove the hole. I see no other significant flaws.

Potential uses for this board might include, among others, a fretboard for a stringed instrument (guitar, Ukulele, etc.), multiple knife slips or one heck of a paddle!



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Texas Ebony TE-051 55.00


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Texas Ebony TE-052
3-1/4" x 22" x 1/2"
1-1/2 lbs.

This is another nice, thin-cut, board of Texas Ebony. It is approximately 60% dark chocolate-brown heartwood and 40% creamy-yellow sapwood, with the larger area of heartwood located on the back side (bottom photo). The dark brown heartwood on that back side is separated into one large and one smaller area, "linked" by an interesting area of reddish brown. There are several small, circular spots of darker-brown, within both the heartwood and sapwood. These appear to be the imbedded centers of old twigs or small branches that grew out of the side of the tree when it was young.

The overall grain pattern is a strong linear to gently undulating pattern in the heartwood portion, but is almost invisible in the sapwood portion. It is essentially rift-sawn at both end-grain faces and likely so throughout.

There is a single minor flaw on one edge (top photo, right side, adjacent to a line of dark, circular spots), but not visible on the photo. This flaw is a small, shallow hole in that narrow side, related to one of the old twigs - cut in half when I trimmed that side of the board. That is a minor flaw that can be either filled or trimmed off if necessary. I see no cracks, checks or other significant flaws.


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Texas Ebony TE-053
4-3/8" (for a length of 9") then tapered to 3-3/8" x 15-7/8" x 1/2"
~1-1/2 lbs.

This is a beautiful rift to quarter-sawn board of spalted Texas Ebony with about 80% heartwood and 20% sapwood. The major heartwood portion includes a mix of classic TE light to dark brown but includes a prominent central area of strong reddish-brown spalting, and large flanking areas strong greenish brown (also due to spalting, although this is the first time I have seen it). The sapwood area along one edge is a golden-yellow and marked with a number of prominent and eye-catching, spider web-like dark-brown (heartwood?) stripes. Fascinating pattern and mix of colors!

The linear grain pattern in the heartwood is interrupted/offset by a strong crossing line (top photo, lower portion). That line marks the location of a small lateral twig - grown when the tree was younger. A portion of that twig remains imbedded at the left end, with a small depression where a piece popped-out as the as I was doing the resaw. I took the liberty of securing the remainder with thin CA glue after photography.

Cut from a somewhat-tapered log, very close to a complex-grained crotch, there was a significant section of bark and several cracks/drying checks on the outside of the sapwood portion. I decided to trim off all of that bark and most of the cracks/checks, resulting in that gently tapered shape for the last ~7". Shallow portions of several of those cracks do remain, so further trimming may be required. There is also a small knot on the left edge of the board (top photo) that is partially open on one edge. I also applied thin CA glue to reinforce the knot (after taking the photographs).

I see no other cracks, checks or significant flaws.




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Texas Ebony TE-054
4-1/2" (for a length of ~8") then tapered to 3-1/2" x 16" x 3/8"
~1-1/8 lbs.

This is another beautiful rift to quarter-sawn board of spalted Texas Ebony. It also is approximately 80% heartwood and 20% sapwood. The major heartwood portion includes a mix of colors that range from the classic Texas Ebony light to dark brown, to a prominent central area of strong reddish-brown spalting, to large flanking areas of strong greenish brown (also due to spalting I assume). The sapwood area along one edge is a golden-yellow and marked with a number of prominent and eye-catching, spider web-like dark-brown (heartwood?) stripes. Fascinating pattern and mix of colors!

Cut from a somewhat-tapered log, very close to a complex-grained crotch, there was a significant section of bark and several cracks/drying checks on the outside of the sapwood portion. I decided to trim off all of that bark and most of the cracks/checks, resulting in that gently tapered shape for the last ~8". Shallow portions of two of those cracks do remain, so further trimming, or application of CA glue, may be appropriate.

There is an approximately 4" long, grain-parallel and quite thin gap (crack?) on the back side of this board (bottom photo, lower portion). It is alongside what appears to be a thin layer of residual sapwood. If it is a true crack, it is shallow and does not extend thru to the opposite side of this relatively thin board. A small knot is present on the left edge of the board (bottom photo, left edge) that is flanked by an open, ~1/8" gap on one edge. I also applied thin CA glue to reinforce the knot (after taking the photographs).

I see no other significant flaws.




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Texas Ebony TE-055
4-1/2" (for a length of ~4") then tapered to 3-3/4" x 12" x 3/8"
~1 lb.

This is another beautiful rift to quarter-sawn board of spalted Texas Ebony. It is approximately 90% heartwood that includes a mix of colors ranging from the classic Texas Ebony light to dark brown, a prominent area of strong reddish-brown spalting, and large flanking areas of strong greenish brown (also due to spalting I assume). The approximately 10% sapwood portion, along one edge, is a golden-yellow and marked with several prominent and eye-catching, spider web-like dark-brown (heartwood?) stripes. Fascinating pattern and mix of colors!

Cut from a somewhat-tapered log, very close to a complex-grained crotch, there was a significant section of bark and several cracks/drying checks on the outside of the sapwood portion. I decided to trim off all of that bark and most of the cracks/checks, resulting in that gently tapered shape for the last ~8". Shallow portions of two of those thin cracks do remain, so further trimming, or application of CA glue, may be appropriate.

A small knot is present on one edge of the board (top photo, left edge) that is flanked by an open, ~1/8" gap. I also applied thin CA glue to reinforce the knot (after taking the photographs). A single short (~1/4") crack is located on one end, close to one corner (top photo, above the "E" in the TE-055 label). It does extend to the opposite side (bottom photo), but is not visible in the shiny portion of the photo.

I see no other significant flaws.




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Texas Ebony TE-056
3-1/4" x 11" x 3/8"
~1/2 lb.

This is a nice, thin board of rift to quarter-sawn board of spalted Texas Ebony. It is approximately 95% heartwood that includes a mix of colors ranging from the classic Texas Ebony light to dark brown to a prominent area of strong reddish-brown spalting. The approximately 5% sapwood portion, along one edge, is a golden-yellow and marked with several prominent and eye-catching, spider web-like dark-brown (heartwood?) stripes. Fascinating pattern and mix of colors!

The only "flaw" I see is minor and easily removed. It is a small, elongated open hole on one edge (top photo, upper portion of that right edge). It is approximately 1/4:" deep and 1" long. Trimming would remove it with minimal reduction of the width of the board.




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Texas Ebony TE-057
3-1/4" x 11" x 3/8"
~1/2 lb.

This is a nice, thin board of rift to plain-sawn board of spalted Texas Ebony. It is approximately 75% heartwood that includes a mix of colors ranging from the classic Texas Ebony light to dark brown to a prominent area of strong reddish-brown spalting on the backside. The approximately 25% sapwood on both sides is a golden-yellow. The heartwood on the backside of this piece forms a unique branching pattern that resembles limbs on a tree trunk.

The only "flaws" that I see are tapered patches of residual bark on both sides of that "tree", and an area of wane at the corner of the blank where the bark came off. I could not bring myself to trim them off and loose that "tree-like" character! Perhaps you can do something with it.


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Texas Ebony Lot 961
2-1/8" x 3-1/2" x 18"
6-1/4 lbs.

This is a very nice, large quarter-sawn block of Texas Ebony. It is primarily a dark chocolate-brown heartwood (say ~70%) with a strong, tight and linear grain pattern. The remaining 30% is a strong, creamy-yellow sapwood.

I see no cracks, checks or other significant flaws.



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Texas Ebony Lot 962
2-1/8" x 3-3/8" x 11"
3-3/4 lbs.

This is another very nice and fairly large quarter-sawn block of Texas Ebony. It is primarily a dark reddish chocolate-brown heartwood (say ~80%) with a strong, tight and linear to moderately complex grain pattern. There are also a number of what appear to be small knots and clusters of burly buds. The remaining 20% is a strong, creamy-yellow sapwood. The heartwood-sapwood contact also exhibits two (or three?) prominent burly "highs".

There is a very thin and short (~1-1/2" long) line on one side of the heartwood (not visible in the photos). That line is the very tail-end of an old radial crack that extended out from the pith of the log from which this block was cut. The main portion of that crack was trimmed-off and I do not consider this tiny line (crack?) to be significant. I see no other cracks, checks or significant flaws.



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Texas Ebony Lot 963
2-1/8" x 2-3/4" x 16-1/8"
4-1/4 lbs.

This is another very nice and fairly large quarter- to rift-sawn block of Texas Ebony. It is primarily a dark reddish chocolate-brown heartwood (say ~90%) with a strong, tight and linear to moderately undulating grain pattern. There are also several small, tight knots and clusters of burly buds. The remaining 10% is a strong, creamy-yellow sapwood with small patches of bark and wain on one end (top photo, lower end). The heartwood-sapwood contact also exhibits two (or three?) prominent burly "highs".

Note, the photos for TE-963 were taken dry, so they do not have the same strong "finished" colors of the other (wet) photos.

There are also three long, but very thin cracks/dark lines on one side and edge of the heartwood (close-up photo at the bottom). Those cracks/stain lines are the very tail-ends of old radial cracks that extended out from the pith of the log from which this block was cut. I trimmed-off the serious portions of those cracks and do not consider the remaining ends to be significant. I see no other cracks, checks or significant flaws.



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Texas Ebony Lot 963 75.00


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Texas Ebony Lot 970
3" to 3-3/8" taper x 20-3/8" x 1/2"
1-1/2 lbs.

This is another nice, thin-cut, rift- to quarter-sawn board of Texas Ebony. It is comprised entirely of light to dark chocolate-brown heartwood with a gently undulating to moderately complex grain pattern. Potential uses for this board might include, among others, a fretboard for a small stringed instrument, multiple knife slips or one heck of a paddle!

There were several significant cracks along one side of the board after my initial cutting and photography. After I started listing these boards on the website, I decided to trim the the more significant of those cracks off completely, resulting in a 3" to 3-3/8" tapered shape. Two very tight cracks do remain, but I consider them to be insignificant. I see no other cracks, checks or significant flaws.



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Texas Ebony Lot 970 50.00


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Texas Ebony Lot 971
2-3/4" to 3-3/8" taper x 20-1/4" x 1/2"
1-1/2 lbs.

This is another nice, thin-cut, rift- to quarter-sawn board of Texas Ebony. It is primarily the light to dark chocolate-brown of Texas Ebony heartwood with a gently undulating to moderately complex grain pattern. There is one medium-size (1" x 4") patch of creamy yellow sapwood on one edge. Potential uses for this board might include, among others, a fretboard for a small stringed instrument, multiple knife slips or one heck of a paddle!

There were several significant cracks along one side of the board after my initial cutting and photography. After I started listing these boards on the website, I decided to trim all of those cracks off completely, resulting in a 2-3/4" to 3-3/8" tapered shape. I see no remaining cracks, checks or other significant flaws.



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Texas Ebony Lot 972
3-1/2" x 19-7/8" x 1/2"
1-3/4 lbs.

This is nice, thin-cut, rift- to plain-sawn board of Texas Ebony. It is about 70% heartwood with a light to dark chocolate-brown color and a gently undulating to moderately complex grain pattern. The remaining 30% is creamy yellow sapwood. The contact between sapwood and heartwood is really pretty interesting - hummocky with something of a burly character. Potential uses for this board might include, among others, a fretboard for a small stringed instrument, multiple knife slips or very unique pistol grips.

There is one fairly large and partially open knot close to one edge and visible on both sides. That knot is also associated with several thin to tight, shallow cracks visible along one side of the board (top photo). Those cracks are the very tail ends of radial cracks from deeper in the original log. They, as well as the adjacent knot, could be trimmed off with minimal loss of useful wood. I see no other cracks, checks or significant flaws.



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Texas Ebony Lot 972 40.00


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Texas Ebony Lot 973
3-1/2" x 24" x 1/4"
1 lb.

This is a large, very thin-cut, plane-sawn board of Texas Ebony. It is approximately 60% light to dark chocolate-brown heartwood and 40% creamy-yellow sapwood.

I see no cracks, checks or other significant flaws.



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Texas Ebony Lot 975
3-3/4" x 20" x 3/8"
1 lb.

This is a very interesting, thin-cut, plain-sawn board of Texas Ebony. It is about 70% creamy yellow sapwood and 30% dark brown Texas Ebony heartwood. This could make a very unique guitar fretboard. However, the heartwood portion is likely to be very thin so any planing should be done on the sapwood back side with only minimal sanding on the heartwood face.

There is a small patch of bark on one edge of the sapwood (bottom photo, upper left edge). I see no cracks, checks or other significant flaws.



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Texas Ebony TE-046
1-1/2"x 1-1/2"x 12"
~1.1 lb.

This is a very nice end-grain block of Texas Ebony. It is approximately 70% heartwood and 30% sapwood. The heartwood portion exhibits a strong linear to moderately complex grain pattern with some moderate, burly character on one end. The colors of the heartwood are a dark brown layer sandwiched between the sapwood and a much lighter brown with prominent intra-grain stripes of dark brown. That sapwood is a uniform creamy-yellow color.

I see no cracks, checks or other significant flaws.



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Texas Ebony TE-001
1-3/4"x 1-3/4"x 9-1/8"
1-1/4 lbs.

This is a very nice end-grain block of Texas Ebony. It is ~60% heartwood with a strong, linear to moderately complex grain pattern that includes areas of dark brown to black and reddish-brown colors. The remaining 40% is creamy-yellow sapwood. The heartwood/sapwood boundary is somewhat undulating and likely to be quite interesting in the finished turning.

I see no cracks, checks or other significant flaws. However, there is an angular area of what appears to be imbedded bark associated with an old, long-gone side limb (top photo, approximate middle of the left side). The bark is sound but somewhat gappy, and if I we turning this, it would be reinforced and the gaps filled with CA glue before turning.



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Texas Ebony TE-001 $30.00




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Texas Ebony TE-002
1-5/8"x 1-5/8"x 11-1/2"
1-1/4 lbs.

This is another nice end-grain block of Texas Ebony. It is also ~60% heartwood with a strong, linear to moderately complex grain pattern that includes areas of dark brown to black and reddish-brown colors. The remaining 40% is creamy-yellow sapwood capped with a small patch of bark on one end.

I see no cracks, checks or other significant flaws.



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Texas Ebony TE-002 $30.00




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Texas Ebony TE-004
1-5/8"x 1-5/8"x 10-1/2"
1 lb.

This is another nice end-grain block of Texas Ebony. It is approximately 50/50 heartwood and sapwood. The heartwood exhibits a strong, linear to moderately complex grain pattern and an overall dark brown to black colors with some intragrain bands of reddish orange. The sapwood is a creamy-yellow color with a light shading of gray spalting.

I see no cracks, checks or other significant flaws.


Texas Ebony TE-004 $20.00




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Texas Ebony TE-005
1-5/8"x 1-5/8"x 10-1/2"
1 lb.

This is a different end-grain block of Texas Ebony. It is more sapwood than heartwood - something like 60% creamy-yellow sapwood with a light shading of gray spalting, capped by a wedge of bark on half of one edge. The approximately 40% heartwood exhibits a strong, linear to gently curving grain pattern and an overall dark brown to black colors with one large patch and a prominent, intragrain band of golden orange.

I see no cracks, checks or other significant flaws.



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Texas Ebony TE-005 $15.00




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Texas Ebony TE-006
1-5/8"x 1-5/8"x 9-5/8"
1 lb.

This is an interesting and attractive end-grain block of Texas Ebony. It is almost all heartwood but includes what appears to be an imbedded section of golden yellow sapwood. The heartwood exhibits a strong, linear to moderately complex grain pattern and an overall dark brown to black colors with numerous intragrain bands of golden orange. That imbedded sapwood is a creamy-yellow color that merges with the dark brown portion of the heartwood.

I see no distinct cracks or checks, but there is an odd separation between the heartwood and a portion of that imbedded sapwood. The separation not large and appears to be sound. I would fill it with black epoxy or the like before turning. I see no other significant flaws.



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Texas Ebony TE-006 $25.00




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Texas Ebony TE-007
1-1/2"x 1-1/2"x 8-3/8"
1 lb.

This is another interesting end-grain block of Texas Ebony. It is approximately 50/50 heartwood and sapwood. The heartwood exhibits a fairly complex grain pattern and an overall dark brown to black colors with a prominent band of reddish orange spalting. The sapwood is a uniform creamy-yellow color.

I see no cracks, checks or other significant flaws.



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Texas Ebony TE-007 $20.00




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Texas Ebony TE-013
1-1/2"x 1-1/2"x 11-3/8"
1 lb.

This is a very nice end-grain block of Texas Ebony. It is approximately 60% heartwood and 40% sapwood. The heartwood portion exhibits a strong linear grain pattern prominent patch of burly character on one end (top photo, far end, just below the annotation, but not very clear in that photo). The colors of the heartwood are an overall dark brown with numerous prominent intra-grain stripes of reddish-brown spalting on one end. Again, the sapwood is a uniform creamy-yellow color. The sapwood is also capped with a small section of bark along the central portion of one edge.

I see no cracks, checks or other significant flaws.



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Texas Ebony TE-013 $25.00




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Texas Ebony TE-014
1-1/2"x 1-1/2"x 9"
1 lb.

This is a nice end-grain block of Texas Ebony. It is approximately 60% heartwood and 40% sapwood. The heartwood portion exhibits a strong, linear grain pattern and a combination of dark brown and lighter golden-brown colors. The sapwood is a uniform creamy-yellow with bands of light-gray spalt shading.

I see no cracks, checks or other significant flaws.


Texas Ebony TE-014 $15.00




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Texas Ebony TE-025
1-1/2"x 1-1/2"x 11-3/8"
~1 lb.

This is another very nice end-grain block of Texas Ebony. It is approximately 95% heartwood with a thin layer (~5%) of sapwood on a portion of one side and in two strips along the adjacent edges. The heartwood is an overall light to dark reddish brown. Again, the sapwood is a uniform creamy-yellow color, and essentially confined to edges; most, if not all of that sapwood will turn off as the blank is roughed to round.

There are several very thin and shallow checks in the central portion of one side (the annotated side of the top photo, between the two thin strips of sapwood the two edges). Those checks are only faintly visible on the photo and, since the blank is now pretty dry, I suspect that those checks are stable. I would reinforce them with thin CA glue before turning. I see no other cracks, checks or significant flaws.



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Texas Ebony TE-025 $25.00




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Texas Ebony TE-993
1-3/4"x 1-3/4"x 14-1/8"
2-1/4 lbs.

This is a fascinating end-grain block of highly-figured (partially), lightly spalted Texas Ebony. It is mostly dark heartwood, large portions of which include an eye-catching, tight and rippled grain pattern with areas of light-brown, orange and classic dark-brown grain. In addition, the heartwood/sapwood boundary is very irregular (apparently associated with several old lateral branches). These all make for a pretty unique character.

There is one small round pocket of likely decay that will require reinforcing with thin CA glue. There are also several small, short linear gaps of uncertain origin (do not look like true cracks) that should also be reinforced/filled before/during turning. I see no significant cracks, checks or other flaws.



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Texas Ebony TE-993 $45.00




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Texas Ebony TE-959
1-5/8"x 1-5/8"x 15-3/4"
2 lb.

This is a very interesting, end-grain block of spalted Texas Ebony. It is mostly dark heartwood but includes eye-catching, wave-like bands of light-brown to orange colored heartwood along most of one edge and portions of the two adjacent sides. In addition, the heartwood/sapwood boundary is very irregular around the centers of several old lateral branches. These all make for a pretty unique character. Unfortunately, some of that unique character will turn off if the blank is roughed to round - perhaps you have another use for this piece.

I see no cracks, checks or other significant flaws.



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Texas Ebony TE-959 $35.00




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Texas Ebony TE-960
1-5/8"x 1-5/8"x 9"
1-1/4 lb.

This is another interesting, end-grain block of spalted Texas Ebony. It is also mostly dark heartwood (say 70%) but includes eye-catching, flame-like patches of lighter-brown heartwood along most of one edge and portions of the two adjacent sides. These all make for an eye-catching character that should persist after the blank is roughed to round.

I see no cracks, checks or other significant flaws.



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Texas Ebony TE-960 $20.00




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Texas Ebony TE-905
1-1/2"x 1-1/2"x 9-1/8"
1 lb.

This is a very attractive end-grain block of lightly spalted Texas Ebony. It appears to be about 70% heartwood and 30% sapwood. The heartwood is almost all dark brown with only a small amount of reddish-brown spalt staining at one end. The grain pattern of the heartwood is strong and very attractively gently curving. The sapwood is basically a beige color with light, feathery gray spalt staining on the outer edge. A thin line of bark is present on the outer edge of the sapwood; that bark as well as most of the light gray spalt staining will turn off as the block is roughed to round.

A small imbedded twig is apparent below one edge. It is marked by two very small and tight knots present on adjacent faces (bottom photo, mid-blank, visible on both the exposed sapwood and heartwood faces). Most if not all of that twig will also turn off. One very small and likely shallow check is present in one end-grain face. I consider it to be minor and would just reinforce with thin CA glue before turning. I see no other significant flaws.



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Texas Ebony TE-905 $20.00









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Texas Ebony TE-984
2-1/4" x 2-1/4" x 10-3/4"
2-1/2 lbs.

This is a very nice end-grain block of Texas Ebony. It appears to be about 60% beautiful dark, reddish brown heartwood with a very interesting grain pattern, and 40% creamy-yellow sapwood.

I see no cracks, checks or other significant flaws.



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Texas Ebony TE-984 $35.00




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Texas Ebony TE-985
2-3/8" x 2-3/8" x 10-1/4"
2-1/2 lbs.

This is another nice end-grain block of Texas Ebony that is roughly 50/50 dark, reddish brown heartwood and creamy-yellow sapwood. There is a wide, thin slab of bark atop a portion of the sapwood on one side (bottom photo, far end of the left side). Most of that bark will turn off as the blank is turned to round, but some will remain if turned to the maximum 2" diameter.

I see no cracks, checks or other significant flaws.


Texas Ebony TE-985 $30.00




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Texas Ebony TE-986
2-3/8" x 2-3/8" x 10-1/4"
2-1/2 lbs.

This is another very nice end-grain block of Texas Ebony. It appears to be about 60% beautiful dark, reddish brown heartwood with a strong, linear grain pattern. The other 40% is creamy-yellow sapwood topped by a thin wedge of bark along a portion of one edge.

I see no cracks, checks or other significant flaws.



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Texas Ebony TE-986 $35.00




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Texas Ebony TE-990
2" x 2" x 9"
1-1/2 lbs.

This is another end-grain block of Texas Ebony that is roughly 50/50 dark, reddish brown heartwood and creamy-yellow sapwood. It appears to be about 60% beautiful heartwood with a very interesting grain pattern, and 40%. There is a small strip of bark atop the sapwood along one edge. That strip of bark will turn off as the blank is turned to round.

There is one intermittent and fairly thin crack along one side of the annotated face (top photo, right side). It looks to be the shallow, terminal end of an old pith-related radial crack, and is likely to be shallow. Most of that small crack will turn off as the block is roughed to round, but I would reinforce it with thin CA glue before turning. I see no other cracks, checks or significant flaws.



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Texas Ebony TE-955
2-1/4" x 2-1/4" x 16-1/2"
4 lbs.

This is a very nice long end-grain block of Texas Ebony. It is approximately 75% dark, reddish brown heartwood, and 25% creamy-yellow sapwood. That sapwood portion is quite sound - the area of wane along one edge is the result of tear-out when the log was initially cut from the tree. Located on that corner, all of that wane will turn off as the block is rounded.

A small cluster of three cracks and a single very thin crack or check are present in the heartwood close to one end of the blank (bottom photo). These appear to be shallow and are likely to be the very tail-ends of larger cracks deeper in the log from which this blank was cut. That cluster of larger cracks, located close to one edge, are likely to turn off completely as the blank is roughed to round. I see no other cracks, checks or significant flaws.



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Texas Ebony TE-955 $50.00




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Texas Ebony TE-956
2" x 2" x 17-1/2"
3-1/2 lbs.

This is another very nice and long end-grain block of Texas Ebony. It is approximately 80% dark, reddish brown heartwood, and 20% creamy-yellow sapwood.

A single small crack is present in the heartwood close to the edge at one end of the blank (top photo, upper face, near end). That short crack exhibits no depth where it intersects the endgrain face, so it is likely quite shallow. I suspect that it is the very tail end of a larger crack located deeper in the log from which this blank was cut. It's position very close to that edge suggests that it will turn off completely as the blank is roughed to round. I see no other cracks, checks or significant flaws.


Texas Ebony TE-956 $50.00




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Texas Ebony TE-958
2" x 2" x 18"
3-3/4 lbs.

This is another very nice and long end-grain block of Texas Ebony. It is almost entirely the dark, reddish brown of Texas Ebony heartwood, with only two small stripes of the creamy-yellow sapwood along one edge.

A single small and shallow crack is located along on edge toward the center of the block (third photo). In addition, two small sub-parallel cracks are present along the same edge close to one end (bottom photo). These three cracks appear to be shallow and are likely to be the very tail-ends of larger cracks deeper in the log from which this blank was cut. Located close to one edge, all three of these are likely to turn off completely as the blank is roughed to round. I see no other cracks, checks or significant flaws.



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Texas Ebony TE-958 $75.00




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Texas Ebony TE-931
2-1/4" x 2-1/4" x 9-5/8"
2-1/4 lb.

This is an interesting and dramatic end-grain block of spalted Texas Ebony. It is mainly dark brown to black heartwood but includes a large section of golden yellow sapwood on one edge, a smaller area on a second edge and several smaller patches in between (top photo).

The dramatic aspect of this block is the eye-catching pattern of the spalting deep within the dark heartwood. That spalting includes a large, irregular zone of red, light brown and golden colors within liquid-like, flowing bands and numerous small round to oval spots (bottom photo). I suspect that those features will be unique and very attractive in the finished turning. You might be concerned that this heavily spalted wood might be too deteoriated but it is quite sound and should turn cleanly and finish very nicely.

I see no cracks, checks or other serious flaws in this attractive block. There is a small, shallow elongated open hole on one edge at one end of the block (bottom photo, left edge at the far end of the upper face). Located on that edge, it should turn off completely as the block is roughed to round.



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This is a small, delicate goblet turned from a 2 inch-square piece of my Texas Ebony. It is approximatly 2" wide and 5" tall. Additional examples of Texas Ebony turnings are (or will be) presented on our companion website Prairie's End Woodshop.








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Texas Ebony Lot 981
3"x 3"x 10-3/4"
4-3/4 lbs.

This is a very nice 3" end-grain block of Texas Ebony. It is approximately 90% dark brown heartwood and 10% golden yellow sapwood. That golden-yellow sapwood lies primarily along two edges of the block and most will turn off as the block is turned to round. The remaining portion should form a nice contrasting color at one end of the finished piece.

The block was cut from close to the center of the log and the pith of that log is present on one end of one edge. A couple of very shallow pith-related cracks are present at that point. That portion of the pith along with those associated cracks should turn off as the block is rounded. There is also a large pocket of imbedded bark on one face (upper portion of the left side, top photo). That bark pocket is not solid but includes a number of open gaps that may require some type of attractive fill during or after turning (turquoise anyone?). I see no other significent flaws in this block.



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Texas Ebony Lot 981 $50.00




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Texas Ebony Lot 982
3"x 3"x 10-3/8"
4-1/4 lbs.

This is another very nice 3"-square end-grain block of Texas Ebony. It is approximately 70% dark brown heartwood and 30% golden yellow sapwood. A wide but thin strip of dark brown bark is located along a portion of one edge. That bark and a lot of that golden-yellow sapwood will turn off as the block is turned to round. The remaining portion should form a nice contrasting color with the dark brown heartwood.

The block was cut from close to the pith of the log and a single pith-related crack is present close to one edge and the adjacent end-grain face (near end, top photo). Located close to the edge, most of that crack will turn off, leaving a short, very tight terminal portion. I would just reinforce that remaining portion with thin CA glue. On the opposite side of that same end-grain face, a long but very thin drying check is also present. That check does appear to penetrate as much as 2" thru the sapwood and the outer portion of the heartwood, and exits on one adjacent edge of the end-grain face (present on the near end-grain face of the top photo, but too tight to be visible on the photo). This too should be reinforced with thin CA glue before turning. The price of this block reflects the presence of the crack and check. I see no other significent flaws in this block.



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Texas Ebony Lot 982 $40.00




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Texas Ebony Lot 487
3"x 3"x 12"
5-1/4 lbs.

This is another beautiful and near perfect 3" end-grain section of spalted Texas Ebony. It is approximately 80% light to dark brown heartwood and 20% golden yellow sapwood. As with many others, the colors of the heartwood are very dark brown close to the sapwood and a lighter, reddish- to golden-brown color deeper into the block. But in this piece, there are also two thick stripes of dark brown within the lighter brown section - very attractive. Also, as with other blocks from this portion of the tree, the gently curving linear grain pattern is overlain by a dark brown to black pattern of undulating, frequently grain-mimicking, pencil-line spalting - very pretty stuff.

That section of the golden-yellow sapwood is restricted to one side of one end of the block, most of which will turn off as it is rounded. The remaining portion should form a nice contrasting color at one end of the finished piece.

The block was cut well away from the pith and I see no significant cracks. There is one very small crack close to one corner (bottom photo, top right corner); most if not all of this will turn off and the tail-end, if any remain, should be reinforced with CA glue. The only real flaw that I recognize is the presence of an approximately 3/8th inch-thick phloem layer at the outer edge of the sapwood on that one end (that extends 1-3/8 inchs from that end). If you choose to turn this off, that end of the block will be reduced to an approximate maximum diameter of 2-1/4 inches.



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Texas Ebony Lot 487 $45.00






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This is a small rough-turned bowl from some of the same Texas Ebony listed on this site. I included this so that you can see another example of how nice the dark brown Ebony heartwood and the bright golden yellow look together. Remember, this is not a "finished" bowl - the surface is still rough and the walls are very thick (to be thinned and finished after the bowl has dried).

For some of you "picky" turners - yes, the upper rim is not flat. I deliberately left it as an undulating surface that has potential for an interesting carved rim in the final bowl. And yes, that is an area of severe spalting on the far side of the rim - I plan on working that into the final shape.

Additional examples of Mesquite turnings are (or will be) presented on our companion website Prairie's End Woodshop.






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Texas Ebony TE-045
8" x 7-1/2" x 5"
9-3/4 lbs.

This is a very nice, half-log Texas Ebony bowl blank. This blank should yield 7 to 8" diameter bowl that is 4 to 4-1/2" deep. The heartwood portion is a dark chocolate brown; the sapwood is a golden-yellow that will form an attractive contrast with the heartwood in the finished bowl. The bark is tight and almost complete, but there are two small portions on one edge that were inadvertently torn off.

The pith of this log was off center and remains deep within this bowl blank, and a small star-like pattern of thin cracks are centered on the pith at each end (not really visible on the photos). I would simply reinforce those small, pith-related radial cracks with thin CA glue before turning. In addition, there are several prominent drying checks on each end-grain face (due to my failure to seal those surfaces after cutting this block). These are mainly located in the sapwood on the outer portion of the blank, but several do penetrate the heartwood. These checks may make the turning of a full-size, natural-edge bowl form unlikely. But turning of a conventional bowl should result in complete removal of those checks.

I see no other cracks, checks or significant flaws.



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Texas Ebony TE-020
9" x 9" x 5"
10-1/4 lbs.

This is a very nice, half-log Texas Ebony bowl blank. It has full bark on the back and would be suitable for either conventional or "barky", natural-edge bowl form. In a conventional bowl form, this blank should yield ~8" diameter bowl that is 3-1/2 to 4" deep (note - that is an 8" circle on the annotated face). Due to an angular chainsaw cut on one end, a natural-edge bowl form would be a maximum of ~7" diameter. (Note - the angle of the top and middle photos makes this blank look much more thin than it actually is!)

The heartwood portion is the typical dark chocolate brown of Texas Ebony; the sapwood is a golden-yellow that will form an attractive contrast with the heartwood in the finished bowl. The grain is a very nice linear to gently curving pattern.

A portion of the log's pith is present in this blank, at and just below a portion of the annotated face. It lies at a depth of 3/8" below the annotated face at one end (middle photo) and extends to the surface near the center of that face (top and middle photos). Removal of that pith, if required for a conventional bowl form, would likely result in a maximum bowl depth of 3-1/2". (Note - I would go for a natural-edge bowl form since that would remove the pith, as well as most, if not all, cracks or checks described below).

A single long but very thin radial crack (or drying check?) extends from that "buried" pith to the inner edge of the sapwood on that one end. A second, smaller and very thin crack or drying check is also present on that end face, but is not visible on the photo. I would simply reinforce those small cracks with thin CA glue before turning, and anticipate that most, if not all would turn off in a NE bowl form. I see no other cracks, checks or significant flaws.



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Texas Ebony TE-020 $120.00


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Texas Ebony TE-021
9-1/2" x 9-1/2" x 4"
10-1/4 lbs.

This is another nice, half-log Texas Ebony bowl blank, the other half of the log that yielded TE-020. It also has full bark on the back and would be suitable for either conventional or "barky", natural-edge bowl form. In a conventional bowl form, this blank should yield ~8" diameter bowl that is 3-1/2 to 4" deep (note - that is an 8" circle on the annotated face). The angular cut on one end of this blank provides the opportunity of a larger (~9" diameter) natural-edge bowl.

The heartwood portion is the typical dark chocolate brown of Texas Ebony; the sapwood is a golden-yellow that will form an attractive contrast with the heartwood in the finished bowl. The grain is a very nice linear to gently curving pattern.

A portion of the log's pith is present in this blank, at and just below a portion of the annotated face. It lies at a depth of 1" below the annotated face at one end (top photo) and extends to the surface near the center of that face (top and middle photos). That pith is pretty rough where exposed aT the annotated face. Removal of that pith, if required for a conventional bowl form, would likely result in a maximum bowl depth of ~3". (Note - I would go for a natural-edge bowl form since that would remove the pith, as well as most, if not all, cracks and checks described below).

Two small (~3/4" long) cracks radiate outward from the center of the pith in the end-grain face visible on the top photo. They are thin and I consider them to be minor. On the other end of the blank (middle photo), several small radial-type drying checks are present. These are very thin cracks and are not visible on the photo. I would simply reinforce those small cracks with thin CA glue before turning, and anticipate that most, if not all would turn off in a NE bowl form. In addition, there are two small, open borer holes in the sapwood on one side of the blank (middle photo, left side, but indistinct). These should turn off as the bowl is roughed to round.

I see no other cracks, checks or significant flaws.



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Texas Ebony TE-021 $120.00


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Texas Ebony TE-022
10-1/2" x 11-1/2" x 5-1/2"
10-3/4 lbs.

This is a beautiful, half-log bowl blank cut from a large crotch of Texas Ebony. That heartwood crotch grain is quite complex with colors that range from dark chocolate brown to streaky reddish brown. The adjacent sapwood colors range from a grayish tan to a golden-yellow with shades of light gray spalting. Note - that bright yellow color above the crotch is a photo artifact - it is not that bright on the blank.

An unusual feature in this blank is a protruding element at the top of the "V" of the crotch. A part of it resembles a robed human being! With careful planning and turning, that feature may be preserved in the side of a finished bowl.

This blank has about 70% bark on the back and would not be suitable for a full-bark natural-edge bowl form (bottom photo - the bark over the upper portion of the crotch was shredded due to rough handling when the tree was harvested). In a conventional bowl form, this blank should yield ~9" diameter bowl, but due to a deep depression on the back side (not really apparent on the photo), the depth of the bowl would be limited to ~2". Were I turning this, I would likely go for a natural-edge bowl and either accept a gap in the bark-edge, or peel off all of the bark and make it a bark-free NE bowl with a depth of 3" to 3-1/2". Note - due to the tapered thickness of the blank and an angled cut on the higher end-grain face, the diameter of a NE bowl will likely be limited to ~8".

The pith of the log was removed from this half. There are two very small and tight pith-related radial cracks on that lower edge (near edge on middle photo, but too small to see). There are also two very small (short and thin) cracks of unknown nature in the central portion of the annotated face (top photo, but again, not really visible). In addition, there are a number of very thin, radial drying checks on the end-grain face of the larger (left) leg of the crotch (no photo available). These are thin, and likely very shallow, and should turn off as the blank is roughed to round.

I see no other cracks, checks or significant flaws.


Texas Ebony TE-022 $120.00


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Texas Ebony TE-023
12" x 12-1/4" x 5-1/2"
16 lbs.

This is another beautiful, half-log bowl blank cut from a large crotch of Texas Ebony. It is the other (larger) half of the log that yielded TE-022). That heartwood crotch grain is quite complex with colors that range from dark chocolate brown to streaky reddish brown. The adjacent sapwood colors range from a grayish tan to a golden-yellow with shades of light gray spalting. Note - that bright yellow color around the crotch area is a photo artifact - it is not that bright on the blank.

An unusual feature in this blank is a protruding element at the top of the "V" of the crotch (middle photo). If you squint your eyes a bit, that protruding feature resembles mountain peaks at a distance. With careful planning and turning, you should be able to preserve that unique feature in the side of the finished bowl.

This blank has about 90% bark on the back and may not be suitable for a full-size (9-1/2 to 10" diameter), full-bark natural-edge bowl form. The bark over one side of the crotch was partially shredded due to rough handling when the tree was harvested. In a conventional bowl form, this blank should yield ~9" diameter bowl with a depth of ~3". It looks as if a 9-1/2 to 10" bowl would be possible in a NE bowl form if you are willing to accept a gap in the bark-edge, or peel off all of the bark and make it a bark-free NE bowl.

The pith of the log is present in this blank, at depth of ~3" at one end (lower portion of the end-grain face on the top photo) and very near the annotated face on the other end of the blank (middle photo). The pith of the smaller limb of the crotch is also present at a depth of ~1-1/4" on the end-grain face (not visible in any of these photos). There are three fairly long but very thin radial cracks associated with the deeper pith (exposed on end-grain face, top photo). There also is a single, pith-related radial crack at the edge of the annotated face where the pith "outcrops" (middle photo). Were I turning this, I would go for a NE bowl form where most of those cracks would turn off, and then reinforce/fill any remaining cracks with CA glue.

I see no other cracks, checks or significant flaws.


Texas Ebony TE-023 $150.00


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Texas Ebony TE-024
12" x 11" x 3-1/2"
11-3/4 lbs.

This is absolutely beautiful, crotch-type, half-log, Texas Ebony bowl blank. That heartwood crotch grain is quite complex with colors that range from dark chocolate brown to streaky reddish brown, and includes a strange pocket of sapwood in the center. That pocket and the outer layer of sapwood is a golden-yellow color with areas of light gray spalting.

It has full bark on the backside and would be suitable for either a conventional or natural-edge bowl at an approximate 9" diameter. A broad depression in the back side will limit the depth of a conventional bowl form to ~2". In a natural edge bowl, a depth of more like 3" is likely.

The pith of the log is present in this blank, at depth of ~1/4" at one end-grain face (left limb on the top photo) and "outcrops" on the annotated face about 2" from the edge on the other end of the blank (near end on the top photo). Three fairly long and prominent radial cracks associated with that pith (exposed on larger end-grain face of second photo, and the opposite end-grain face of the bottom photo). I would deal with these pith-related radial cracks by turning a NE bowl form so that most of those cracks would turn off, and then reinforce/fill any remaining cracks with CA glue.

There is also a large open hole on one edge of the annotated face (right limb of the crotch, top photo). That feature would be turnoff in a NE bowl form. A number of borer holes present on the back side will have to be considered. Based on their positions, most will be turned off as the NE bowl is hollowed, but some will remain on the perimeter.

I see no other cracks, checks or significant flaws.


Texas Ebony TE-024 $190.00


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Texas Ebony TE-978
9" x 10" x 4-1/2"
15-1/2 lbs.

This is a very nice, near-perfect half-log Texas Ebony bowl blank. This blank should yield +8" diameter bowl that is 4 to 5" deep in either conventional or natural-edge form (note - that is an 8" circle on the annotated face). The heartwood portion is a dark chocolate brown; the sapwood is a golden-yellow that will form an attractive contrast with the heartwood in the finished bowl. The bark is tight and almost complete. However, two small portions were inadvertently torn off when the tree was harvested so a complete "barky" natural-edge bowl is not possible.

The pith of this log was off center and remains deep within the bowl. I see no significant, pith-related crack, but a small star-like pattern of very small and short cracks are centered on the pith at each end (not really visible on the photos). I would simply reinforce those small cracks with thin CA glue before turning. I see no other cracks, checks or significant flaws.



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Texas Ebony TE-979
9-1/2" x 10" x 4-1/2"
15-1/2 lbs.

This is another nice, half-log Texas Ebony bowl blank. This blank should yield +9" diameter bowl that is 4 to 5" deep in either conventional or natural-edge form (note - that is an 9" circle scribed on the annotated face). The heartwood portion is a dark chocolate brown; the sapwood is a golden-yellow that will form an attractive contrast with the heartwood in the finished bowl. The bark is tight and almost complete. However, one fairly large portion was torn off when the tree was harvested so a complete "barky" natural-edge bowl is not possible.

The pith of this log was off center and remains within the bowl, at a depth of ~3/8" below the surface at one end (top photo) and 1-1/2" at the opposite end (bottom photo). And - there are three radial cracks associated with the pith. Two are very thin and tight, and extend out from the pith and end well short of the outer portions of the blank. I would simply reinforce these very tight cracks with thin CA glue before and during turning. The third crack is more prominent, extending from the shallower portion of the pith at one end of the blank (top photo) to the annotated face, and almost to the opposite end of the blank (middle photo). I would also reinforce, and if necessary fill, this larger crack with CA glue before turning and when/where exposed during turning. The price of this large bowl blank reflects the complications of these cracks. I see no other cracks, checks or significant flaws.



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Texas Ebony TE-979 $100.00


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Texas Ebony TE-888
6" x 2"
This is a nice half-log, crotch bowl blank in Texas Ebony. This blank should yield a 6" wide by ~2" deep bowl in either conventional or natural-edge form (note - that is a 6" circle on the annotated face). The grain pattern of this crotch is very nice and I would recommend turning the blank as a natural-edge bowl to hopefully preserve that attractive crotch figure in the bottom of the bowl. The heartwood portion is a dark chocolate brown with a light shading of reddish spalt-staining. The sapwood is a gray-tinged, golden-yellow that will form an attractive contrast with the heartwood in the finished bowl. The outer bark is nearly full, missing only on edges that would be trimmed or turned off when turning, so a bark-lined natural-edge bowl form is possible. However, I recommend reinforcing that bark with CA glue before and during turning.

The log section was cut close to the pith for this blank and most of that pith has been completely removed. However, a portion of the pith remains in the right-hand limb of the crotch (as viewed in the top photo). The only significant flaw(s) I see in this blank are four large cracks/checks that radiate from the pith (top and bottom photos). These cracks do not appear to extend into the 6" circle on the annotated face and will likely turn off as the bowl is roughed to round. And lastly, there are numerous open and frass-filled borer holes in the sapwood. Some of these will likely be present in the finished turning, and you will have to decide how to handle them (infilled or left open for "character", etc.).

I see no other significant flaws.



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Texas Ebony TE-891
6" x 2"

This is another half log-type piece of Texas Ebony suitable for a small bowl or oval hollow-form. Despite my initial 6" annotation (and the dimension indicated above), it will not make a full 6" diameter - probably more like 5 to 5-1/2" and a 2" depth. The heartwood is a dark, chocolate brown with a light reddish spalt shading and an attractive and somewhat complex grain pattern. The sapwood is a brownish-yellow with faint blue-gray shading.

There is also full bark on the backside but again it is a bit loose. If a full bark, natural-edge bowl is planned, you will need to reinforce that bark with CA glue. Most of the pith was cut out of this blank and only a very small portion lies just below the annotated face on one end. I see no cracks or checks. Again, several open and frass-filled borer holes are visible in the sapwood, with one large open, but shallow (at 1/2") one lying within the circle on the annotated face. That larger one, as well as the other visible, frass-filled holes, should turn off in a NE bowl form. But I expect that others will be exposed as the blank is turned and you will have to decide how to handle them in the finished piece.

I see no other flaws in this piece.


Texas Ebony TE-891 $22.00


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Texas Ebony TE-892
5" x 2"

This is another half log-type piece of Texas Ebony suitable for a small bowl or oval hollow-form. Despite my initial 5" annotation (and dimension above), it will not make a full 5" diameter - probably more like 4-1/2" with a 2" depth. The heartwood is a dark, chocolate brown with patches of a strong reddish spalt shading (when wet, as for my photos, and when finished??), and an attractive and somewhat complex grain pattern. The sapwood is a nicely contrasting brownish-yellow.

There is also full bark on the backside but again it is a bit loose. If a full bark, natural-edge bowl is planned, you should reinforce that bark with CA glue. The pith was cut out of this blank and I see no pith-related cracks (or any other cracks or drying checks). Again, a number of small to large and open and/or frass-filled borer holes are visible in the sapwood. One of the larger, open (but shallow at 3/8") holes lies within the circle on the annotated face. That larger one, as well as most of the other visible holes, should turn off in a NE bowl form. But again, I expect that others will be exposed as the blank is turned and you will have to decide how to handle them in the finished piece.

I see no other flaws in this piece.


Texas Ebony TE-892 $18.00


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Texas Ebony TE-893
5" x 2"

This is another half log-type piece of Texas Ebony suitable for a small bowl or oval hollow-form. Despite my initial 5" annotation (and dimension above), it will not make a full 5" diameter - probably more like 4-1/2" with a 2" depth. The heartwood is a dark, chocolate brown with patches of a strong reddish and darker brown/black spalt shading (when wet, as for my photos, and when finished??), and an attractive and somewhat complex grain pattern. The sapwood is a nicely contrasting brownish-yellow.

There is also full bark on the backside but again it is a bit loose. If a full bark, natural-edge bowl is planned, you should reinforce that bark with CA glue. Some of the pith lies just below the annotated face of this blank but I see no pith-related cracks (or any other cracks or drying checks). Again, a number of small to large and open and/or frass-filled borer holes are visible in the sapwood and one of the larger, open (but shallow at ~1/2") holes lies within the circle on the annotated face. That larger one, as well as most of the other visible holes, should turn off in a NE bowl form. But again, I expect that others will be exposed as the blank is turned and you will have to decide how to handle them in the finished piece.

I see no other flaws in this piece.


Texas Ebony TE-893 $18.00


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Texas Ebony TE-877
6" x 8" x 2"

This is another small half log-type piece of Texas Ebony suitable for a small bowl or oval hollow-form up to ~5-1/2" in diameter and 2" depth (note - that is a 6" circle on the annotated face). The heartwood is a dark, chocolate brown with an attractive, complex grain pattern. The sapwood is a light-brown to yellow with faint blue-gray shading.

There is full bark on the backside but it is also a bit loose. If a full bark, natural-edge bowl is planned, you will need to reinforce that bark with CA glue. There are also several very small and tight drying checks on the end-grain faces (but too small to be visible in the photos). And lastly, there are several small, frass-filled borer holes under the bark and in the outer portion of the sapwood (right side, top and middle photos); more are likely present below the bark on the backside). Some of these may remain in the finished turning and you will have to decide how to handle them (infilled or left open for "character", etc.).

I see no other flaws in this piece.



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Texas Ebony TE-877 $22.00


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Texas Ebony TE-878
5-1/2" x 7" x 2-1/2"

This is another small half log-type piece of Texas Ebony suitable for a small bowl or oval hollow-form up to ~5" in diameter and +2" depth (note - that is a 5" circle on the annotated face). The heartwood is a dark, chocolate brown with an attractive grain pattern. Note - when wet, as for the photos, the heartwood reveals attractive, intra-grain color variations that are likely due to spalting. You would likely see these colors in the final turning once a finish is applied. The sapwood is a light-brown to yellow with faint blue-gray shading.

There is full bark on the backside but it is a bit loose. If a full bark, natural-edge bowl is planned, you will need to reinforce that bark with CA glue. There is a single thin radial crack on part of the annotated face one and end-grain face (top and middle photo, extending up from the ~center of the circle to the upper end, and the bottom photo, but too thin to be visible in that photo). And lastly, there are two very small, frass-filled borer holes in outer portion of the sapwood of the end-grain faces. Some of these, either frass-filled or open, will likely be present in the finished turning and you will have to decide how to handle them.

I see no other flaws in this piece.



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Texas Ebony Lot 536
6"x 6"x 3"
4-1/2 lbs.

This is an absolutely beautiful 3 inch-thick Texas Ebony square blank suitable for a bowl or hollow-form. It is primarily tight-grained Texas Ebony heartwood with a small section of sapwood on one edge and an area of wane (an area of missing bark) atop the sapwood. Note that the small portion of bark in the photos "popped-off" after the photos were taken. The heartwood is a beautiful chocolate brown with numerous thin to thick, intra-grain laminations and areas of "coffee-cream"-color. The grain forms a gorgeous, complex pattern that swirls around a nearby side limb.

As with others in this series, the presence and shape of that sapwood and bark will likely dictate the orientation of the blank if a bowl form is planned. In that case, the annotated face would be the bottom of the bowl and all of that area of wane and most of the sapwood will turn off. That will also display that beautiful grain and color pattern to its best effect in the bottom of the bowl.

I see no cracks, drying checks or other structural flaws. There is a single open borer hole in the sapwood (lower left corner, bottom photo, but not really visible). That hole will turn completely off as the bowl is roughed to round.



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Texas Ebony Lot 536 $45.00









Listing last updated 3 June 2016


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