Texas Ebony Block TE-163
2" x 1.6" x 12"
This beautiful block of Texas Ebony block is about 80% the dark chocolate-brown of Texas Ebony heartwood and 20% the lighter honey-blonde of Texas Ebony sapwood. The grain pattern is striking -- it swirls around several burl buds and sweeps the length of the block. The golden-brown colors highlight the transition zone between sapwood and heartwood.
The sapwood has several checks that you may wish to stabilize (see second and third photos). If turning, these will mostly round off. I see no other cracks or structural concerns in this block.