The original Ebony is not what you might think it is. It’s not even an Ebony. Traditionally we view Gabon Ebony as THE Ebony, but that is not the case. Historically speaking Mpingo, or African Blackwood, was the dark black wood that was imported in to Egypt for thousands of years, and even mentioned in the Bible. So the original Ebony was a Rosewood. Go Figure…
African Blackwood is a super dense True Rosewood with the finest grain of any known wood. Which results from is slow growth in the dry arid areas of South Africa. This makes it an ideal wood for world-class woodwind instruments like clarinets, oboes, and bag-pipes as well as an ideal turning wood since that fine grain will hold even the most minute detail and polishes to a glassy smooth finish.
As of January 2017, The Mpingo tree has been added to the CITES list as an endangered species, mostly due to exploitation and illegal logging by Chinese traders in Tanzania and Mozambique. As such, Mpingo can no longer be imported, nor can we ship these dice internationally.