Texas Ebony Block TE-424
3" x 2.5" x 21.5"
This is a nice end-grain block of Texas Ebony that captures the contrast between heartwood and sapwood. It intersects with the the surface of the log, such that the block is almost triangular in shape (with a curving wane). It's tough to describe, so please see photos. There's no bark, and I'd estimate of the wood that is present, the wood volume is approximately 40% dark brown heartwood and 60% golden-yellow sapwood. The grain pattern is linear to gently-curving.
There are several small end-checks within the sapwood, and one minor end-check in the heartwood. They can be stabilized with CA glue if you wish. I see no other cracks or structural flaws. I've discounted this for the odd shade of the block -- it'll be a fun one to work with.