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Ebony-some facts

Ebony is a very special wood, but it is only pitch black in fairy tales - in reality ebony is characterised by very different colours and fine pores. The really deep black colour often only appears after some years of light, air and manual use. Our wood is often completely deep black from the outside, but after the first cut it becomes a bit greyish inside the depth. This is completely normal and can be easily changed with a little bit of natural oil like linseed oil, so that all wood immediately turns really very deep black.

Unfortunately, tiny holes are quite common (in about 50% of cases) in ebony from Africa.
These holes come from a tiny mosquitos that bore into the living tree and then disappear again. They cannot be compared with our woodworms at all and the holes are absolutely harmless, there is no more damage inside the wood. The easiest way to conceal is to close the holes with a very thin splinter of ebony, dipped into white glue, put it in the hole, and after the glue has dried saw it off or simply break it off and smooth it - you won't see a thing!

With white ebony the so-called Pinholes belong unfortunately to the typical appearance - the causing insects attack the living tree and are not like wood worms usually found in Europe.

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