Recently my uncle gave me some Ebony wood!
It’s very rare to have a whole log of Ebony, most of the time you have to buy it in small pieces.
Ebony is a very dense hardwood. It’s so heavy that it sinks in water!
Traditionally, piano keys and the black pieces in chess sets were made out of ebony, while the white pieces were made out of ivory.
Tip: The log had a few small cracks in it, so I used melted candle wax to seal it. I had to use wax because I wasn’t at home, and didn’t have my end-grain sealer that I normally use. This was the only thing I could think of to keep it from cracking more. It seemed to work well.
A few weeks ago, I cut up the log into manageable pieces. I’ll have to plan and use them very carefully! I’m very excited to be able to use such a special kind of wood.
I love doing custom orders! They are often challenging, which is why I like them.
A few weeks ago, a lady saw one of my egg cups, and asked if I could make another so she could buy two. I ended up making the second one out of contrasting wood, which made a great his/her set.
Another custom order I’ve done was for deer antler pens. A man wanted pens made out of deer antler from a hunting trip he’d been on. We negotiated prices, and he ended up buying three!
One of the most interesting custom orders that I’ve had was to make something I’d never heard of before: sugar cone molds! I think it’s pretty sweet that some people still make sugar cones by hand. The lady who contacted me sent me a picture and dimensions, and I took a whack at it. This is how it turned out:
I actually ended up making two cone molds, and she bought them both!
It was really fun to make something totally new. Don’t be afraid to ask for custom orders. I just might be able to make what you want!