Texas Ebony Block TE-071
1.5" x 1.5" x 8.2"
This attractive Texas Ebony block is about 70% the dark chocolate-brown of the Ebony heartwood and 30% the lighter honey-blonde of the Ebony sapwood. The grain pattern is mostly linear across the block, except for near several branch buds. One of the buds has a bark inclusion which will be interesting to expose through turning (see third photo for close-up of this feature).
The block has several small checks at the top end, where the block is labeled. One is in the heartwood and is about 1" long by 1/8" deep. The others are thin sapwood checks, smaller and shallower than the heartwood check. All of these should turn off with rounding. I see no other cracks or structural concerns in this block.