The Ebony Project

Ebony is common on musical instruments and bows, it has become traditional, and expected. Makers choose their materials carefully with an eye for straight grain that is easy to work, an absence of knots and splits, and a good surface finish. Speaking as a maker myself, I am always on the lookout for top quality materials, including ebony, which is the particular subject of this little ramble. Due to its weight and instability, demand for ebony is relatively small, and a significant proportion of the world’s supply is used for the musical instrument industry. There is, then, some pressure on the ebony industry to provide ebony of sufficiently good quality for instrument makers - but what happ

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