> TRADE NAMES
Ébène de Macassar – France
Macassar ebony – Great Britain
> ORIGINAL MANES
Kaju hitam – Celebes
> GROWTH AREA
This particular kind of wood is mainly found in the woods of the north of Celebes Island.
Macassar Ebony belongs to the typology of the Asiatic Ebonies, which is a large range of similar woods in which the most famous and the widely distributed is the Indian Ebony.
> TECHNOLOGICAL FEATURES
Sapwood is clearly distinguished from heartwood due to its width and to its whiteness which tends to dark reddish. Instead, heartwood is very dark with large, light and marked streaks, and is very valuable and decorative even if it is also heavy. Thanks to the fine and hard texture of the wood, it obtains a silky lustre with only a single polishing.
> SPECIFIC WEIGHT
Seasoned on open air, its medium specific weight is about 1.100 Kg/m3.
> DRYING METHOD
Since this Macassar is prone to checking, it should be dried very slowly and carefully.
> MAIN USES AND WORKING
Despite its extreme hardness, it’s not particularly difficult to work: it can be easily polished and it is used for the construction of small objects and decorative tools, for furniture, carvings and musical instruments. It also produces precious veneers.