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-105
3-1/4" x 13-1/4" x 7/8"
1-1/2 lbs.

This is a very nice Texas Ebony board. It is approximately 60% strong, reddish-brown heartwood and 40% creamy-yellow sapwood. The heartwood is gently to strongly undulating, with a plane-sawn to rift-sawn grain on the mainly-sapwood end of the board and quarter-sawn on the more complex, heartwood end.

I see no cracks, checks or other significant flaws.



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Texas Ebony TE-105 25.00


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Texas Ebony TE-106
1-1/2" x 13" x ~1"
1-1/2 lbs.

This is a very nice, long and rectangular block of Texas Ebony. It is approximately 90% strong, reddish-brown heartwood and 10% creamy-yellow sapwood. The heartwood is gently to strongly undulating, with plane-sawn ends.

A small open hole is present on one edge of the annotated face (top photo, left edge, just below the annotated blank number). It appears to be the end of what was a small, imbedded twig that partially decayed and fell out when I cut this blank). There is also a larger (~3/8" diameter) knot near one end of the back side (bottom photo, left side far end). That prominent knot appears sound, but there is a small, thin open gap around one side. That should be reinforced with CA glue (or other attractive media) to fill that gap. I see no other cracks, checks or significant flaws.



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Texas Ebony TE-106 20.00


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Texas Ebony TE-080
3-1/4" x 25-1/8" x 3/8"
1-1/2 lbs.

This is a very nice, thin-cut, quarter-sawn board of Texas Ebony. It is primarily the very dark chocolate-brown of Texas Ebony heartwood, but includes a large area and numerous, thin tapered streaks of light brown on both sides. The grain pattern is strong, gently undulating to moderately complex.

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 a very attractive paddle!


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Texas Ebony TE-081
3-1/8" x 21-1/4" x 3/8"
1-1/4 lbs.

This is another very nice, thin-cut board of Texas Ebony. It is primarily the very dark chocolate-brown of Texas Ebony heartwood with numerous, lighter brown bands throughout. This blank also includes a wedge of light-yellow sapwood along one side. The grain pattern is gently undulating throughtout. The grain is quarter-sawn on one end but partially plain-sawn on the opposite end.

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 any other use you can imagine!


Texas Ebony TE-081 55.00


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Texas Ebony TE-082
3-1/8" x 22" x 3/8"
1-1/8 lbs.

This is another very nice, thin-cut, quarter-sawn board of Texas Ebony. It is piece is basically the dark chocolate-brown of Texas Ebony heartwood, with numerous, thin tapered streaks of light brown on both sides. The grain pattern is a gently undulating but includes two (or three?) burl-like features that appear to be small, imbedded twigs.

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.).



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Texas Ebony TE-082 60.00


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Texas Ebony TE-083
3-1/8" x 22-3/4" x 1/2"
1-1/2 lbs.

This is another very nice, thin-cut board of Texas Ebony. It is primarily the very dark chocolate-brown of Texas Ebony heartwood with scattered, lighter brown bands. This blank also includes a wedge of light-yellow sapwood along one side. The grain pattern is gently undulating throughout, but is interrupted in one area by an interesting, eye-catching (quite sound) knot.

The board is quarter-sawn on one end but partially plain-sawn on the opposite end. 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 any other use you can imagine!


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Texas Ebony TE-084
3-1/8" x 23-1/8" x 1/2"
1-1/2 lbs.

This is another very nice, thin-cut board of Texas Ebony. It is primarily the very dark chocolate-brown of Texas Ebony heartwood with scattered, lighter brown bands. The grain pattern is gently undulating throughout but is interrupted close to one edge by an interesting (quite sound) knot. This blank also includes a very narrow wedge of light-yellow sapwood along one side.

The board appears to be quarter-sawn on both ends. 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 any other use you can imagine!


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Texas Ebony TE-085
3-1/8" x 19" x 3/8"
1 lb.

This is another very nice, thin-cut board of Texas Ebony. It is almost entirely the very dark chocolate-brown of Texas Ebony heartwood with scattered, light-brown bands. The grain pattern is gently undulating throughout. This blank also includes a very narrow wedge of light-yellow sapwood along portions of one side.

The board appears to be quarter-sawn on one end and varies from quarter-sawn to plain sawn on the other end. 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 any other use you can imagine!


Texas Ebony TE-085 60.00


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Texas Ebony TE-086
3-1/8" x 19" x 3/8"
1 lb.

This is another very nice, thin-cut board of Texas Ebony. It is entirely the very dark chocolate-brown of Texas Ebony heartwood with scattered, light-brown bands. The grain pattern is gently undulating throughout.

The board appears to be quarter-sawn on one end and varies from quarter-sawn to plain sawn on the other end. 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 any other use you can imagine!


Texas Ebony TE-086 55.00


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Texas Ebony TE-087
2-3/4" x 25-1/8" x 1/2"
1-1/2 lbs.

This is another nice, thin-cut board of Texas Ebony. It is roughly 50/50 dark chocolate-brown heartwood and light-golden yellow sapwood. The heartwood portion includes numerous, gently undulating lighter brown stripes. That large wedge of sapwood includes several pockets of dark brown heartwood and areas of light grey shading.

The board is roughly quarter-sawn on one end but essentially plain-sawn on the opposite end. I see no cracks, checks or other significant flaws.


Texas Ebony TE-087 45.00


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Texas Ebony TE-088
2-3/4" x 26" x 3/8"
1-1/4 lbs.

This is another very nice, thin-cut board of Texas Ebony. It is primarily the very dark chocolate-brown of Texas Ebony heartwood with scattered, lighter brown bands. The grain pattern is gently undulating throughout. This blank also includes a very narrow wedge of light golden-yellow sapwood along a small portion of one side.

This board appears to be quarter-sawn on both ends. 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 any other use that you can imagine!



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Texas Ebony TE-088 60.00


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Texas Ebony TE-089
2-3/4" x 26" x 3/8"
1-1/4 lbs.

This is another very nice, thin-cut board of Texas Ebony. It is primarily the very dark chocolate-brown of Texas Ebony heartwood with scattered, lighter brown bands. The grain pattern is gently undulating throughout. This blank also includes a narrow wedge of light golden-yellow sapwood along a portion of one side.

This board is quarter-sawn on one end and close to plain-sawn on the opposite end. 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 any other use that you can imagine!


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Texas Ebony TE-090
2-3/4" x 25-5/8" x 3/8"
1-1/4 lbs.

This is another very nice, thin-cut board of Texas Ebony. It is primarily the very-dark chocolate-brown of Texas Ebony heartwood with scattered, lighter brown bands. The grain pattern is gently undulating throughout. This blank also includes a wedge of light golden-yellow sapwood along a portion of one side.

This board is quarter-sawn on one end and close to plain-sawn on the opposite end. 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.), small desk-top boxes, multiple knife slips or whatever you can imagine!


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Texas Ebony TE-091
2-1/4" x 23-3/8" x 3/8"
1 lb.

This is another very nice, thin-cut board of Texas Ebony. It is essentially the very-dark chocolate-brown of Texas Ebony heartwood with scattered, lighter brown bands. The grain pattern is gently undulating throughout. This blank does include a very small lense of light golden-yellow sapwood along a short portion of one side.

This board appears to be quarter-sawn on both ends. 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.), small desk-top boxes, multiple knife slips or whatever you can imagine!


Texas Ebony TE-091 60.00


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Texas Ebony TE-092
2-1/4" x 23-3/8" x 3/8"
1 lb.

This is another very nice, thin-cut board of Texas Ebony. It is essentially the very-dark chocolate-brown of Texas Ebony heartwood with scattered, lighter brown bands. The grain pattern is gently undulating throughout. This blank does not include any obvious sapwood along the sides but does include five small patches (three on one side and two on the other) of a light-brown shading that may be related to nearby sapwood.

This board appears to be quarter-sawn on both ends. 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.), small desk-top boxes, multiple knife slips or whatever you can imagine!


Texas Ebony TE-092 60.00


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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-048 55.00


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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-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 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 961 100.00


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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 962 60.00





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Texas Ebony TE-100
1-1/2" x 1-1/2" x 9-1/2"
~1 lb.

This is a very nice, small end-grain block of Texas Ebony. It is entirely heartwood with a dark brown overall color and a variable to complex grain pattern.

There are no significant structural flaws, but there is a single open borer hole (or decayed portion of a small twig?) on one side (bottom photo, left side). It is close to one edge and, if turned on a lathe, may be removed with no loss of diameter. I see no cracks, checks or other flaws.



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Texas Ebony TE-101
1-5/8" x 1-5/8" x 6"
~3/4 lb.

This is another nice, but smaller, end-grain block of Texas Ebony. It is 100% dark brown heartwood with a very attractive, moderately complex grain pattern.

I see no cracks, checks or other significant flaws.



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Texas Ebony TE-101 $20.00




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Texas Ebony TE-112
1-5/8"x 1-5/8"x 10-1/8"
~1 lb.

This is a very nice end-grain block of Texas Ebony. It is entirely the reddish brown to dark brown common in Texas Ebony heartwood, with a strong, linear to undulating grain pattern.

I see no cracks, checks or other significant flaws. However, the ends of two very small imbedded twigs are present on one side (top photo, close to the near end of the annotated face). I recommend reinforcing/securing those twigs with thin CA glue before working.



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Texas Ebony TE-112 $30.00




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Texas Ebony TE-113
1-5/8"x 1-5/8"x 10-1/8"
~1 lb.

This is a very nice end-grain block of Texas Ebony. It is approximately ~90% dark brown to reddish brown heartwood with a strong, linear grain pattern (note - reddish color of the top photo is a bit off - due to my problems with photography. The colors of the bottom photo are true). The remaining 10% is a complex wedge of sapwood along two adjacent sides at one end of the block. That sapwood is a creamy-yellow but includes a novel pattern of three dark brown, heartwood stripes. There also is a thin wedge of dark brown bark on the edge of that sapwood section.

Three small but prominent knots are visible on one side (annotated face, top photo). Two of the three are quite sound, but the third (the lower one) had a very shallow bit of tear-out (occurred when I ran it through my jointer).

The only flaw that I see is a single, very tight check on the edge of the sapwood section, at the end of that small wedge of bark. That check will likely be completely removed if this block is to be lathe-turned. Otherwise, I would simply reinforce the check with thin CA glue.

I see no other cracks, checks or significant flaws.


Texas Ebony TE-113 $30.00




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Texas Ebony TE-114
1-1/2"x 1-1/2"x 7-3/4"
~3/4 lb.

This is an interesting end-grain block of Texas Ebony. It is approximately ~40% dark brown to reddish brown heartwood and ~60% sapwood. That sapwood is a creamy-yellow color but includes numerous angular to linear patches of light grey spalting (bottom photo).

A thin wedge of dark brown bark is also present on the outer edge of the sapwood. It is accompanied by a very small pocket of what appears to be imbedded bark close to one end of that thin bark wedge (bottom photo, to the left of the bark wedge). I recommend reinforcement of that small pocket of imbedded bark with thin CA glue before working with this block.

I see no cracks, checks or other significant flaws.


Texas Ebony TE-114 $15.00




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Texas Ebony TE-115
1-1/2" x 1-1/2" x 6-3/4"
~3/4 lb.

This is another nice, but smaller, end-grain block of Texas Ebony. It is ~95% light to dark brown heartwood with a very attractive and complex grain pattern. The remaining 5% of the block is a creamy-yellow sapwood in two small patches on one side and its two adjacent edges (both photos).

Two very thin and shallow drying checks are present, one on each end. These are too small to be visible on the photos. I recommend reinforcing these with thin CA glue before turning. I see no other cracks or significant flaws.



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Texas Ebony TE-115 $20.00




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Texas Ebony TE-116
1-1/2" x 1-1/2" x 9"
~3/4 lb.

This is a nice end-grain block of Texas Ebony. It is approximately 80% dark brown heartwood and 20% creamy-yellow sapwood. The sapwood portion includes areas of very light-grey spalting.

There is a small and thin drying check on one end (bottom photo, near end, not visible in the photo). I consider it to be minor and would simply reinforce it with thin CA glue. I see no other cracks, checks or significant flaws.


Texas Ebony TE-116 $20.00




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Texas Ebony TE-076
1-1/2" x 1-1/2" x 15"
~1-1/2 lbs.

This is another very nice and long end-grain block of Texas Ebony. It is approximately 70% dark brown heartwood with striped, ingrain bands of golden-brown. The remaining 30% is yellow (yellow ochre?) sapwood with areas light grey spalt-shading. Two small knots with a spotty, burl-like character can be seen on two adjacent faces. These two knots mark the ends of a small imbedded limb that passes thru the block. Both "knot" ends, and the internal portion of the old limb appear to be quite tight and sound.

Two thin, over-lapping cracks (actually drying checks) are present in the sapwood at one end of the block (top photo, near end, right side, but not visible in the photo). The overall length of the two checks, is approximately 2", and where one check intersects the end-face of the block, the check extends 3/4" into the block. There is also a single, very tight radial-type crack faintly visible on the same end. It extends from the upper left-hand corner of the ingrain face inward toward the center of that face approximately 3/4". I consider all of these small cracks/checks to be minor flaws and would just reinforce them with thin CA glue.

I see no other cracks, checks or significant flaws.



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Texas Ebony TE-076 $35.00




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Texas Ebony TE-079
1-1/2"x 1-1/2"x 10-5/8"
~1 lb.

This is a very nice end-grain block of Texas Ebony. It is approximately ~90% heartwood with a strong and beautifully complex grain pattern that includes areas of dark brown to black and reddish-brown colors. The remaining 10% is a yellow (yellow ochre?) sapwood with shades of light-gray spalting. That sapwood is confined to a thick wedge along half of one edge. A very distinctive, attractive and somewhat burly knot is associated with a swirling pattern in the heartwood grain (top photo).

The only flaw that I see in this blank is a very small partially open pocket within the sapwood. It is located very close to one edge of the block and should turn-off immediately if the block is to be turned to round. I see no other cracks, checks or significant flaws.



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Texas Ebony TE-079 $45.00
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Texas Ebony TE-063
1-7/8" x 1-7/8" x 8-1/8"
~1-1/2 lbs.

This is a very nice end-grain block of Texas Ebony. It is primarily the dark brown color of Texas Ebony heartwood. It includes a strong zone or darker, reddish brown along one edge that apparently marks spalting close to the pith of the log (top photo, left edge). It does include a small lens of yellow sapwood along one edge (bottom photo). There are a number of small, tight knots and several linear inflections in the grain patterns that mark the internal tracks of old limbs formed as the tree grew from a sapling.

Cut from close to the pith of the log, this block has a small curving crack along a short portion of one edge (top photo, left edge of the annotated face). That crack will turn off completely if the blank is lathe-turned to round. I was late in sealing the end-grain faces of this block, and several small, tight and almost-certainly shallow drying checks formed. Trimming of these checks from the end are unlikely to cost more than 1/4" of the total length.

I see no other significant flaws.



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Texas Ebony TE-064
1-7/8" x 1-7/8" x 7-5/8"
~1-1/4 lbs.

This is another very nice end-grain block of Texas Ebony. It is entirely the dark brown color of Texas Ebony heartwood, with a gentle to strongly-curving grain pattern. There are two prominent knots on this block, both of which tight and attractive, and do not constitute flaws.

I see no cracks, checks or other significant flaws.



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Texas Ebony TE-065
1-7/8" x 1-7/8" x 15-1/4"
~2-1/2 lbs.

This is a very nice and fairly long end-grain block of Texas Ebony. It is primarily the dark brown color of Texas Ebony heartwood, but includes numerous intra-grain bands of lighter brown colors.

I see no cracks, checks or other significant flaws.



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Texas Ebony TE-066
1-7/8" x 1-7/8" x 14-7/8"
~2 lbs.

This is another very nice, and fairly long end-grain block of Texas Ebony. It is approximately 70% dark brown heartwood and 30% yellow (yellow ochre?) sapwood with light shading of grey spalting. There are three small and tight knots in this block, all of which are tight and sound. The path of one of the limb of one knot is marked by linear inflections in close-by grain patterns formed as the tree grew.

There is a single small, thin and very shallow (less than 1/8" where it intersects the nearby end-grain face) drying check at one end of the sapwood area (bottom photo, upper side at far end). However, that check is too thin to see in the photo, and I consider it to be insignificant. I see no other cracks, checks or significant flaws.



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Texas Ebony TE-067
1-3/4" x 1-3/4" x 7-3/4"
~1 lb.

This is another nice end-grain block of Texas Ebony. It is also approximately 70% dark brown heartwood and 30% yellow (yellow ochre?) sapwood with linear bands and areas of light grey spalting. There are three fairly small knots in this block, all of which are tight and sound. One of these knots appears to pass cleanly thru the block and is visible on opposite sides. That knot is also unique in the fact that it is associated with a cluster of much smaller "knots" or stems that have a distinct burly character on one face (top photo, near end of the annotated face). This block is likely to be a very interesting finished piece.

I see no cracks, checks or other significant flaws.



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Texas Ebony TE-068
1-1/2" x 1-1/2" x 16-1/4"
~1-1/2 lbs.

This is another very nice, long and near perfect end-grain block of Texas Ebony. It is approximately 85% dark brown heartwood and 15% yellow (yellow ochre?) sapwood. The sapwood includes some light grey spalt-shading close to the heartwood/sapwood boundary. There are two small and tight knots in this block, one of which can be traced through the block, and all of which are tight and sound.

I see no cracks, checks or other significant flaws.


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Texas Ebony TE-069
1-1/2" x 1-1/2" x 16-1/4"
~1-1/2 lbs.

This is another very nice, long and near perfect end-grain block of Texas Ebony. It is approximately 98% dark brown heartwood and 2% yellow (yellow ochre?) sapwood. The sapwood is confined to two patches on one end (bottom photo) and includes some light grey spalt-shading. There are two small and tight knots in this block (bottom photo, one close to the near end and one close to the center). Both of these knots can be traced through the block, and both are tight and sound.

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-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-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-102
~2-1/4" x 2-1/4" x 6"
~1-1/2 lbs.

This is a very nice, small end-grain block of Texas Ebony. It 100% beautiful dark, reddish brown heartwood with a very complex and attractive grain pattern.

I see no cracks, checks or other significant flaws.



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Texas Ebony TE-110
2-1/4" x 2-1/4" x 14-3/4"
~3 lbs.

This is a very nice end-grain block of Texas Ebony. It is approximately 80% reddish to dark brown heartwood and 20% golden-yellow sapwood with light shading of grey spalting. The grain pattern is linear to gently-curving.

Unfortunately, it does include two thin cracks on one edge and the two adjacent sides (top photo, the annotated upper surface and adjacent left side, but cracks are too thin to be visible). These cracks appear to be the very tail end of pith-related radial cracks. They appear to be shallow and at a low angle, so it is quite possible that both will turn off if the block is to be turned to cylindrical shape.

I see no other cracks, checks or significant flaws.



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Texas Ebony TE-111
2" x 2" x 13-1/8"
~2-1/4 lbs.

This is another nice end-grain block of Texas Ebony. It is approximately 70% reddish to dark brown heartwood and 30% golden-yellow sapwood with light shading of grey spalting. The grain pattern is linear to gently-curving.

Those two prominent dark, reddish-brown "spots" on the sapwood face (bottom photo) are the sound, imbedded remains of small side limbs. The deeper portion of one passes thru the block and is visible on the adjacent side. These features are quite sound.

This block does include a single thin drying check at one end of one side (Barely visible on the bottom photo, near end, upper sapwood face). That check is 1-1/2" long and 3/4" deep at the exposed end. It is quite tight and the blank is pretty dry (less than 10% moisture at present). I would simply reinforce it with thin CA glue before turning.

I see no other cracks, checks or significant flaws.


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Texas Ebony TE-104
~3" x 3" x 11"
~5 lbs.

This is a very nice and large end-grain block of Texas Ebony. It ~90% dark, reddish brown heartwood with a fairly-thick strip of golden-yellow sapwood along one edge. If this block is to be turned on a lathe, all of that sapwood is likely to be turned off. The grain pattern is a gentle undulating pattern interrupted by several elongated knots (imbedded hearts of early-growth limbs).

I see no cracks, checks or other significant flaws.




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Texas Ebony TE-073
2" x 2" x 11-3/8"
~2 lbs.

This is a very nice end-grain block of Texas Ebony. It appears to be about 70% beautiful dark, reddish brown heartwood with a very complex and attractive grain pattern, and 30% creamy-yellow sapwood.

There is a single, tight drying check(?) crossing from side to side across one edge of the sapwood (bottom photo, near the far end of the sapwood section, but not visible in the photo). It looks as if it will turn-off completely as the blank is turned to round. There is also a very small hole in the sapwood area (also not visible on the photos) that appears to be the decayed portion of an imbedded "twig" in the sapwood. Also located close to one edge, most, if not all of that twig should turn off as the block is roughed to round. You might infill the hole with CA glue before turning, to reinforce the remaining portions of the partially-decayed twig.

I see no other cracks, checks or significant flaws.



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Texas Ebony TE-074
~2" x 2" x 7-1/2"
~1-1/2 lbs.

This is another very nice end-grain block of Texas Ebony. It 100% beautiful dark, reddish brown heartwood with a very complex and attractive grain pattern. That grain pattern includes several distinct small knots, one of which (the larger) exhibits a distinct burly character,

There is a single, very small and tight crack on one edge that will turn off as the block is roughed to round on the lathe. There is also a bit of "jointer tear-out" on one corner, which will also readily turn off as the block is roughed to round (note - neither of those "flaws" are visible on the photos).

I see no other cracks, checks or significant flaws.



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Texas Ebony TE-060
2" x 2" x 14"
2-3/4 lbs.

This is a very nice end-grain block of Texas Ebony. It is entirely the dark brown of Texas Ebony heartwood.

There are two small knots marking small side twigs/branches. One of these, located on one edge, includes a small hole and a core that is slightly elevated and may be loose. Located on that edge, it looks like it will turn off completely if the blank is lathe-turned to round. I see no cracks, checks or other significant flaws.



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Texas Ebony TE-061
2" x 2" x 14"
2-1/2 lbs.

This is a very nice end-grain block of Texas Ebony. It is approximately 70% dark brown heartwood and 30% yellow (yellow ochre?) sapwood with light shading of grey spalting.

There are two small, thin and very shallow checks at one end of the sapwood (bottom photo, left side at far end). However, these are too thin to see in the photo and my camera's "zoom" function is not cooperating with me! I see no other cracks, checks or significant flaws.


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Texas Ebony TE-062
2" x 2" x 12-1/2"
2-1/2 lbs.

This is another very nice end-grain block of Texas Ebony. It is almost entirely the dark brown of Texas Ebony heartwood, but with a thin sliver of sapwood on a small portion of one edge (bottom photo, left edge).

I see no cracks, checks or other potentially-serious flaws. However, there is a prominent knot at one end of that "sliver" of sapwood described above. That knot appears to be a residual portion of a small branch or twig that will turn off immediately if the block is lathe-turned to round.



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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-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-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-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 TE-072
3"x 3"x 17"
~7 lbs.

This is a very nice 3" end-grain block of Texas Ebony. It is almost entirely a dark reddish-brown heartwood with only a small wedge of golden yellow sapwood on one corner (top photo)and a small oval "patch" of golden yellow sapwood(?) on the end of one face (bottom photo). The grain pattern is a beautiful and gently complex throughout.

The only possible flaws that I see are several small, tight and shallow cracks, none of which can be seen in the photos. One single crack is located at one end and close to the corner edge of the block. That single small crack is likely to turn off if this block is to be turned to round on a lathe (or otherwise, to be filled with thin CA glue). The second crack "flaw" is actually a small cluster of three very small and tight cracks in the center of one side. In my mind, these cracks are insignificant and at most, require a bit of infill with thin CA glue.

Conclusion: I see no significent flaws in this block.



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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 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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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-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-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.


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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.



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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.




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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-978 $120.00


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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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