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Ebony's scientific name is Diospryus Sp. and it is found in mainly in Africa, Sri Lanka, Indonesia and other Asian countries. It comes naturally in a solid black, dark brown or black and brown with lighter streaks. Ebony is a hard and dense wood. As a result, ebony wood is a prized wood for high end decorative carvings and for musical instruments such as piano keys, violin finger boards, pegs and check rest. Lighter ebony wood is also used in golf club heads because of its excellent resistance to impact.
Better known as the Myroxylon Balsamum in the scientific community, Mahogany is widely distributed in South America spanning from southern Mexico through Central America and all the way down to Argentina. The very fine and even texture, along with its striped figuring, complements the attractive natural dark to reddish brown color. Its grains are typically interlocked. One a freshly cut surface, it has a medium to high gloss in addition to emitting a pleasant spicy scent. In addition to being recognized as a beautiful wood, Mahogany is more well known for its strength. It has excellent durability and toughness. It sands beautifully to a high natural polish and shine. Therefore, Mahogany is generally a prized materials to use for furniture, boat/yacht building and high end decorative products only. In recent years, Mahogany has also been used in wood flooring as well as an active ingredient in some perfume.
Also known as "Indian Rosewood", "Sonokeling", "Sonobrits" or Dalbergia Latifolia, black rosewood is a high premium quality wood. Because of its premium stature, it is typically used to produce high end pieces such as ornamental gifts, wood carvings, decorative paneling, furniture, etc. Black rosewood is very similar to Ebony wood which is an even higher quality wood.
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