A black hardwood, famous for it's lustrous beauty. It is a delicacy in the world of the African wood sculptor. Skilled ebony sculptors tend to migrate to the few regions of Africa where ebony wood is grown. A highly dense wood with a coarse texture and a dark interlocking grain, ebony wood normally is brown on the outside of the tree; and black on the inside. The carvings often come as a beautiful mixture of black and brown; but it is mostly the pure dark black wood that is the most well known grain. Its exceptional density makes it not only very heavy, but also gives it an incomparable sheen when polished and rubbed clean. Each has its own special beauty.