Trade Names: Makassar, Ebony, Marble Wood.
Similar Woods: Ziricote.
Origin: Celebes Islands (East Indies).
Range: Celebes Islands, possibly also Maluku, Borneo, very rare as veneer wood because it only grows with smalldimensions.
Uses: Highest quality architectural wood work, inlays and musical instruments.
Properties: The wood is black with brown regular or irregular reddish-brown to green-brown streaks.The wood has a distinct sheen and is most decorative.
Machining: Despite its extreme hardness Makassar Ebony is not particularly difficult to work.Very smooth surfaces are given when planed. Sawdust should be efficiently extracted because of the risk ofinflammation of the eyes and skin.
Seasoning: Since Macassar Ebony is prone to checking it should be dried very slowly and carefully.It should definitely be kept out of the sun.
Finishing: Due to its decorative marking, silky luster or polished surfaces are to be recommended and these finishestake without any great difficulty.
Jointing: Glue joints are easy to produce and hold well.Nail joints are very difficult to produce and screw joints must be pre-drilled.