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Offline Tam-i-am

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The $5000 log
« on: July 03, 2019, 02:32:15 PM »
When Kevin had the portable sawmill business customers would call and ask us if we wanted their valuable logs that were just recently cut and laying in their yard.  They knew it was valuable because it was "walnut".  So anytime someone tells me the value of their log I am skeptical!!!

Well yesterday, a man wanted to bring his $5000 log over to be milled.  To my surprise it was the real thing!  It was a 6 ft ebony log.  The gentleman didn't leave a scrap of it anywhere!  But I suppose at that price I would have picked up every piece too.



 

 

 


The pics don't do it justice as the wood was black as black could be.  So rich and almost a satin look to it.

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Re: The $5000 log
« Reply #1 on: July 03, 2019, 03:11:29 PM »
That's cool, and definitely something you won't be milling every day!
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Re: The $5000 log
« Reply #2 on: July 03, 2019, 03:38:19 PM »
There must be more to the story !!! Was it super hard ? 
How does one get an ebony log ? Can't exactly put it in your suitcase to bring back from another continent  :D
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Re: The $5000 log
« Reply #3 on: July 03, 2019, 04:01:47 PM »
Sprucebunny you are correct he did not bring it back in his suitcase. :D  He actually bought it from a wood dealer in California.

Schuyler (I think he is member W) and Jane had no problems sawing it.  Wasn't hard.

Personally, I would make me nervous to cut something like that for a customer, but no one seemed to treat it differently.
I only got to see it because they milled it in the Logrite parking lot where they were milling wood for pallets just before the customer showed up.

All in a days work I guess.

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Re: The $5000 log
« Reply #4 on: July 03, 2019, 04:36:35 PM »
Wonder what he's gonna do with it? I wouldn't think boards would be the best shape, but I guess it depend on what he has in mind. You could do some interesting stuff turning it I bet.

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Re: The $5000 log
« Reply #5 on: July 03, 2019, 05:55:18 PM »
I'd saw that for shares! :D
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« Reply #6 on: July 03, 2019, 06:03:53 PM »
the sawdust would make great filler. add it to resin ect.   :)
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Re: The $5000 log
« Reply #7 on: July 03, 2019, 06:19:35 PM »
Where does it grow?   South America?
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Re: The $5000 log
« Reply #8 on: July 03, 2019, 06:31:13 PM »
Ebony - Wikipedia

Africa and India. I wasn't sure, either.

It says 'dense' and I've seen it as wear surfaces on old planes which is why I thought it might be hard.
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Re: The $5000 log
« Reply #9 on: July 03, 2019, 06:45:10 PM »
Fretboards would be a good use for boards. Thought of that after seeing Resonator post.

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Re: The $5000 log
« Reply #10 on: July 03, 2019, 09:35:58 PM »
   I have a number of ebony carvings I bought in Cameroon on the west coast of Africa. It is extremely dense and very beautiful wood. @WDH Didn't I hear persimmon is an ebony wood.
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« Reply #11 on: July 03, 2019, 09:45:57 PM »
I think redbud and ebony are closely related.
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Re: The $5000 log
« Reply #12 on: July 03, 2019, 09:47:54 PM »
Yes, persimmon is in the ebony family.  The instruments makers call it American ebony. 
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« Reply #13 on: July 03, 2019, 10:35:22 PM »
I think redbud and ebony are closely related.

Rosewood. Different exotic. Both ebony and rosewood are related to Les Paul.

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Re: The $5000 log
« Reply #14 on: July 03, 2019, 10:42:17 PM »
Apparently, it was 1 of 3 ebony logs brought here in 1995.  Ebony does not grow very big so this was an exceptional log.  

yes it is dense.  2 guys could not lift it.  they ended up using the tractor (I just want to state for the record all the guys were kind of old ;D)

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« Reply #15 on: July 04, 2019, 06:55:18 AM »
The only thing I can think of where Ebony is commonly used is "forearm tips" on gun stocks!
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Re: The $5000 log
« Reply #16 on: July 04, 2019, 07:13:54 AM »
Dense and heavy like iron. I've only seen a wood sample in person in the forest products lab at university.

Cool opportunity though. 8)
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« Reply #17 on: July 04, 2019, 07:23:05 AM »
Ebony used to be used for piano keys - the black ones of course.  Ivory veneer was used for the white keys.  Those days are long gone.

Tam-i-am, you witnessed a truly rare event.  Thanks for sharing it.
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« Reply #18 on: July 04, 2019, 07:52:25 AM »
Two exotic gavels.

 

 
One Rose Wood and the other Ebony.  These were turned in the early '60's.
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« Reply #19 on: July 04, 2019, 09:37:05 AM »
Years ago, I could imagine a high end Crokinole set with ebony and maple.
A quick google just shows ebony used on the board surface, but maple disks. $275 UK pounds. Odd, I would request ebony and hard maple disks. :D
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