Hey CDFingers and other exotic wood lovers. Jealous?

Moderators: admin, Inquisitor, ForumModerator, WebsiteContent

Post Reply
Message
Author
User avatar
dandad
Carpal Tunnel
Posts: 6635
Joined: Wed Dec 03, 2014 2:22 am
Location: Misery

Hey CDFingers and other exotic wood lovers. Jealous?

#1 Post by dandad » Tue Feb 21, 2017 11:42 pm

This last trip to my Dads he blessed me with a solid, all black 5.25 x 2.5 x2.5 chunk of ebony left from a larger piece he purchased back in the 1960s. He says he thinks he paid $15 for it, and it was about twice as long. Used it for rifle stock tips and a set of grips for a friends Smith.

Its like a heavy chunk of coal its so black. Not a speck of brown in it like the "ebony" I bought and used on my 1885 winchester.

ImageImage

Have no idea what this would cost these days. I know some of the previously popular varieties have been banned due to over harvest, so old stock is only legal source.

Sent from my LGLS770 using Tapatalk
This is just my opinion, yours may vary and is no less valid.
- Me -

"I will never claim to be an expert, and it has been my experience that self proclaimed experts are usually self proclaimed."
-Me-

I must proof read more

User avatar
TheViking
Loquacious
Posts: 3850
Joined: Tue May 28, 2013 5:45 pm
Location: Austin, TX
Contact:

Re: Hey CDFingers and other exotic wood lovers. Jealous?

#2 Post by TheViking » Wed Feb 22, 2017 1:25 am

Is that a piece of wood in your pocket?

:think:
Image Image

User avatar
CDFingers
Carpal Tunnel
Posts: 17142
Joined: Fri Jun 29, 2012 4:09 pm
Location: Member LGC: norCal
Contact:

Re: Hey CDFingers and other exotic wood lovers. Jealous?

#3 Post by CDFingers » Wed Feb 22, 2017 9:30 am

That will go a long ways. I'm gonna have to dig out some old grenadilla scraps from the organ keys for a pic.

CDFingers
ImageImage
There's a dragon with matches that's loose on the town
take a whole pail of water just to cool him down

Kayaker
Been around awhile
Posts: 146
Joined: Sun Dec 25, 2016 9:40 am
Contact:

Re: Hey CDFingers and other exotic wood lovers. Jealous?

#4 Post by Kayaker » Wed Feb 22, 2017 9:48 am

Though it is expensive, Gaboon Ebony is still obtainable. MacBeath Hardwood Co. in Berkeley, Ca. has it in stock. They sell it for $28.20 per pound.

User avatar
HuckleberryFun
Loquacious
Posts: 2617
Joined: Thu Oct 06, 2016 1:21 pm
Location: Portland, Oregon (LGC member)
Contact:

Re: Hey CDFingers and other exotic wood lovers. Jealous?

#5 Post by HuckleberryFun » Wed Feb 22, 2017 11:22 am

Nice! Put me down as jealous.
ImageImage
"If you find yourself in hand-to-hand combat...your tactics suck." --military maxim

User avatar
dandad
Carpal Tunnel
Posts: 6635
Joined: Wed Dec 03, 2014 2:22 am
Location: Misery

Re: Hey CDFingers and other exotic wood lovers. Jealous?

#6 Post by dandad » Wed Feb 22, 2017 11:25 am

Kayaker wrote:Though it is expensive, Gaboon Ebony is still obtainable. MacBeath Hardwood Co. in Berkeley, Ca. has it in stock. They sell it for $28.20 per pound.
At what? 70 pounds per cubic foot, thats not much for $28.20

Sent from my LGLS770 using Tapatalk
This is just my opinion, yours may vary and is no less valid.
- Me -

"I will never claim to be an expert, and it has been my experience that self proclaimed experts are usually self proclaimed."
-Me-

I must proof read more

User avatar
dandad
Carpal Tunnel
Posts: 6635
Joined: Wed Dec 03, 2014 2:22 am
Location: Misery

Re: Hey CDFingers and other exotic wood lovers. Jealous?

#7 Post by dandad » Wed Feb 22, 2017 11:41 am

CDFingers wrote:That will go a long ways. I'm gonna have to dig out some old grenadilla scraps from the organ keys for a pic.

CDFingers
Ok, had no idea of grenadilla, aka african blackwood. From what I just read on the wood database , its very similar to ebonies, but can be hard to glue due to oils and is more fragrant when worked. Its also 70 pounds per cubic foot and often mistake for ebony, but is actually related to rosewood.



Sent from my LGLS770 using Tapatalk
This is just my opinion, yours may vary and is no less valid.
- Me -

"I will never claim to be an expert, and it has been my experience that self proclaimed experts are usually self proclaimed."
-Me-

I must proof read more

User avatar
SailDesign
Loquacious
Posts: 4053
Joined: Sun Mar 23, 2014 11:38 am
Location: Rhode Island
Contact:

Re: Hey CDFingers and other exotic wood lovers. Jealous?

#8 Post by SailDesign » Wed Feb 22, 2017 11:46 am

Many moons ago, someone gave my Dad some ebony, about 2" x 2" x 10". He couldn't think of anything to do with it offhand, so he turned a belaying pin. I've had it since about 1970, and decided to turn my own out of some scrap in the shed. I wish I could remember what kind of wood it is... :)

Anyhow, here's the pair together - his is obviously the black one. :)
Attachments
_SCB0094_resize.jpg
"We have met the enemy and he is us." Pogo.

ImageImageImage

User avatar
CDFingers
Carpal Tunnel
Posts: 17142
Joined: Fri Jun 29, 2012 4:09 pm
Location: Member LGC: norCal
Contact:

Re: Hey CDFingers and other exotic wood lovers. Jealous?

#9 Post by CDFingers » Wed Feb 22, 2017 12:39 pm

dandad wrote:
CDFingers wrote:That will go a long ways. I'm gonna have to dig out some old grenadilla scraps from the organ keys for a pic.

CDFingers
Ok, had no idea of grenadilla, aka african blackwood. From what I just read on the wood database , its very similar to ebonies, but can be hard to glue due to oils and is more fragrant when worked. Its also 70 pounds per cubic foot and often mistake for ebony, but is actually related to rosewood.
When we did the organ project, we vowed never to use endangered materials. So we swapped grenadilla for ebony with the black keys, and we swapped the shin bones of cattle for ivory for the white keys, cattle raised at the university farm where we built the organ. They even boiled the bones clean for us. I machined both the grenadilla (smells like coffee) and the bones (smelled like beef stew) on the table saw.

CDFingers
ImageImage
There's a dragon with matches that's loose on the town
take a whole pail of water just to cool him down

User avatar
dandad
Carpal Tunnel
Posts: 6635
Joined: Wed Dec 03, 2014 2:22 am
Location: Misery

Re: Hey CDFingers and other exotic wood lovers. Jealous?

#10 Post by dandad » Wed Feb 22, 2017 2:57 pm

SailDesign wrote:Many moons ago, someone gave my Dad some ebony, about 2" x 2" x 10". He couldn't think of anything to do with it offhand, so he turned a belaying pin. I've had it since about 1970, and decided to turn my own out of some scrap in the shed. I wish I could remember what kind of wood it is... :)

Anyhow, here's the pair together - his is obviously the black one. :)
Nice. Id like a wood lathe.
Years ago my dad turned me a guitar slide from ebony on his machinist lathe. Its still going strong today, and has a different warmer tone than glass, copper, steel or even my craftsman deepwell 7/8 socket I hacked the socket end of.

Sent from my LGLS770 using Tapatalk
This is just my opinion, yours may vary and is no less valid.
- Me -

"I will never claim to be an expert, and it has been my experience that self proclaimed experts are usually self proclaimed."
-Me-

I must proof read more

Kayaker
Been around awhile
Posts: 146
Joined: Sun Dec 25, 2016 9:40 am
Contact:

Re: Hey CDFingers and other exotic wood lovers. Jealous?

#11 Post by Kayaker » Wed Feb 22, 2017 10:16 pm

dandad wrote:
Kayaker wrote:Though it is expensive, Gaboon Ebony is still obtainable. MacBeath Hardwood Co. in Berkeley, Ca. has it in stock. They sell it for $28.20 per pound.
At what? 70 pounds per cubic foot, thats not much for $28.20

Sent from my LGLS770 using Tapatalk
At 6.2 lbs. per B/F = $176.70 B/F. I get it myself, pay good money for it and hand pick every piece. It ain't like it's Oak or Cherry.

Kayaker
Been around awhile
Posts: 146
Joined: Sun Dec 25, 2016 9:40 am
Contact:

Re: Hey CDFingers and other exotic wood lovers. Jealous?

#12 Post by Kayaker » Wed Feb 22, 2017 10:17 pm

dandad wrote:
Kayaker wrote:Though it is expensive, Gaboon Ebony is still obtainable. MacBeath Hardwood Co. in Berkeley, Ca. has it in stock. They sell it for $28.20 per pound.
At what? 70 pounds per cubic foot, thats not much for $28.20

Sent from my LGLS770 using Tapatalk
At 6.2 lbs. per B/F = $176.70 B/F. It ain't like it's Oak or Cherry.

User avatar
dandad
Carpal Tunnel
Posts: 6635
Joined: Wed Dec 03, 2014 2:22 am
Location: Misery

Re: Hey CDFingers and other exotic wood lovers. Jealous?

#13 Post by dandad » Thu Feb 23, 2017 12:57 am

Kayaker wrote:
dandad wrote:
Kayaker wrote:Though it is expensive, Gaboon Ebony is still obtainable. MacBeath Hardwood Co. in Berkeley, Ca. has it in stock. They sell it for $28.20 per pound.
At what? 70 pounds per cubic foot, thats not much for $28.20

Sent from my LGLS770 using Tapatalk
At 6.2 lbs. per B/F = $176.70 B/F. I get it myself, pay good money for it and hand pick every piece. It ain't like it's Oak or Cherry.
No shit. Not a mail order , let someone else choose it for you type of purchase.

Sent from my LGLS770 using Tapatalk
This is just my opinion, yours may vary and is no less valid.
- Me -

"I will never claim to be an expert, and it has been my experience that self proclaimed experts are usually self proclaimed."
-Me-

I must proof read more

User avatar
lurker
Carpal Tunnel
Posts: 8949
Joined: Sun Feb 09, 2014 11:00 pm
Location: salisbury, nc.
Contact:

Re: Hey CDFingers and other exotic wood lovers. Jealous?

#14 Post by lurker » Thu Feb 23, 2017 3:29 am

does this thread belong in the "board" index?
:crazy:
covfefe!

User avatar
gator68
Grizzled Veteran
Posts: 894
Joined: Sun Jan 20, 2013 3:10 pm
Location: LGC MEMBER: SJ, CA
Contact:

Re: Hey CDFingers and other exotic wood lovers. Jealous?

#15 Post by gator68 » Mon Jul 03, 2017 9:52 pm

2 or 3 knife handles ... Bowie knife plus 1911 grips... Hmmmmm.
Aim past the target.

Image

Image

User avatar
WinterbornArms
Been around awhile
Posts: 106
Joined: Sun Jul 02, 2017 6:30 pm
Contact:

Re: Hey CDFingers and other exotic wood lovers. Jealous?

#16 Post by WinterbornArms » Thu Oct 19, 2017 6:36 pm

That stuff is harder than coffin nails. One of the guys in my class was using a piece as a forend tip on his stock. Was using a flesh hammer to tap it down on the mounting dowel, tapped it a tad too hard and mushroomed the end of the walnut. Not a scratch on the ebony though, might be a good organic body armor option.


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

User avatar
SubRosa
Grizzled Veteran
Posts: 580
Joined: Sun Aug 06, 2017 2:48 pm
Location: AZ Desert
Contact:

Re: Hey CDFingers and other exotic wood lovers. Jealous?

#17 Post by SubRosa » Fri Oct 20, 2017 12:53 am

Better clarinets are made of grenadilla.

Subs
Shoot early, shoot often. :shifty:

User avatar
CDFingers
Carpal Tunnel
Posts: 17142
Joined: Fri Jun 29, 2012 4:09 pm
Location: Member LGC: norCal
Contact:

Re: Hey CDFingers and other exotic wood lovers. Jealous?

#18 Post by CDFingers » Fri Oct 20, 2017 10:16 am

SubRosa wrote:Better clarinets are made of grenadilla.
I will dig out and pic an organ key during the next few days.

CDFingers
ImageImage
There's a dragon with matches that's loose on the town
take a whole pail of water just to cool him down

Post Reply

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest