Malaysian Blackwood Ebony Wood Bowl
Malaysian Blackwood Ebony Wood Bowl
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Bowl number 6132 is a hand turned bowl made from Malaysian Blackwood Ebony . This bowl has been listed as Macassar Ebony, which is what I bought from my supplier. Each of my bowls are signed, numbered and dated (year). This bowl is finished with a friction polish that’s applied while still on the lathe.
This bowl measures 7 3/4″ and is 2 7/8″ high.
Malaysian Blackwood (Diospyros ebonasea) is endemic to Malaysia and a true Ebony. The heartwood ranges from a medium brown to nearly black. Commonly with black veining and contrasting brown or reddish streaks. Heartwood can also have a greenish hue. Sharply demarcated sapwood is a pale yellow to tan color, and is typically present on most pieces. Insect holes, particularly in the sapwood, are common.
This wood is very difficult to work, due to its high density, blunting effect on cutter, and is also prone to checking and splitting during drying. Drying defects such as cracking and splitting are not uncommon. Seldom available, Malaysian Blackwood is very expensive, just as expensive as any solid-black piece of true ebony.
The wood is usually sold as guitar sets, or as small turning blanks.
The term Blackwood may be an unnecessarily used in this case, as this wood is classified as a true ebony in the Diospyros genus, and it’s price and scarcity fully reflect that. However, the actual scientific name Diospyros ebonasea is, as of yet, unsubstantiated. Despite the quirks of the wood’s common and scientific names, Malaysian Blackwood remains a remarkably beautiful hardwood with unique patterns and coloration that are in a class by itself.
Bryan Tyler Nelson is NELSONWOOD
I was first exposed to woodworking in my Junior High School years. It was just a class I took with my friends. I did turn a bowl, which I still have, but it was one of the scariest thing I ever did at that age. That was really the extent of it till around the year 1998 I was given 45 solid oak church pews, thus it began.
With the purchase of a surface planer, a second hand radial arm saw and a few hand tools I built bookcases, beds, benches and tables for friends and family. I found that I have a knack. I acquired all my knowledge and skill through trial and error and many hours of reading. Over the years I did small and big projects. But I found my true love (well second) when I purchased my first lathe a 14 Jet. After a year I bought a bigger lathe Oneway 2436 and started pushing the limits.
A day usually doesn’t go by with out something being turned. On a normal day Ill produce 3-10 turned items. I have over 5,000 bowls sold through retail and internet sales (I sign, date and number each bowl). Wood turning is what I spend most of my woodworking time on. I have a great respect and love of wood; if you were to look in my storage building and workshop, which hold between 80 to a 140 species of wood at any give time. You got to love the stuff to keep all this around!
Wood is the most perfect of god’s creations. A living treasure of hidden beauty that remains hidden till it’s death. I am humbled to be able to reveal to all some of this hidden beauty. To help the trees live again, to be resurrected and shine again. I find great satisfaction in saving some of the local wood in my area from their final resting place, fire pit or dump. Some of the largest and great bowls have come from local woods in my own neighborhood.
If we, the human race, would put aside out greed and think clearly of how to use our forest, there would be no danger to our forest and jungles. The trees and people could live in harmony. Trees living long, then when their life force is spent they could live again with help of man. We just have to find the balance………….
All items listed in NELSONWOOD are handcrafted by Bryan Nelson a self taught woodworker and wood turner. He has a love for the inter beauty of wood and is constantly in search of the hidden treasure that mother nature has stowed away in trees. His past work can be viewed at www.nelsonwood.com