Madagascar Ebony has become by far one of my favorite woods. With colors ranging from dark browns and blacks to hughes of pink and gray and various shades of tan... coupled with a Janka hardness rating of over 3,000 lbf, what's not to like?!
Madagascar Ebony, along with many other ebony woods such as African ebony and Gabon ebony are becoming harder to get a hold of because of their rarity. These woods grow slow and at times get over harvested which causes a lack of supply, which has now led many of these to be place on a restricted species list or an endangered species list. And like many of my woods, these photo's and video give you a representation of what the wood can look like. When cut and shaped, changes do occur. These are examples and not specifics to what your scales will come like.
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